Diamonds are cut into a variety of shapes which creates several options for you when purchasing a stone. Each diamond shape is vastly different; unique characteristics determine the quality for each shape.
The round brilliant cut diamond is by far the most popular and most researched diamond shape available today. A round diamond will typically give you more flexibility in terms of balancing cut, color, and clarity grades while still getting the fire and brilliance you want. To maximize the brilliance of a traditional round diamond, focus on selecting a stone with a high cut grade and one with high grades in polish and symmetry.
The Princess cut diamond has long been a popular choice for engagement bands. It is a unique cut; it is traditionally square in shape with pointed corners. Princess cut diamonds vary greatly in how square or rectangular they are... not all princess cuts are perfectly square! When searching for a princess cut, focus on color first - the color of the diamond may be visible on its pointed corners.
The Emerald cut diamond is unique because it is cut with rectangular facets. This method creates a unique appearance to the eye. The Emerald cut highlights the clarity of the diamond, so when looking at this shape, focus on the clarity.
The Radiant cut diamond is a square shaped stone and features trimmed corners, its signature look. Focus on cut and color when searching for Radiants.
Cushion-cut diamonds have rounded corners and larger facets to increase their brilliance. This shape is one that has been popular and sought after for many, many years. Since a Cushion is cut with larger facets, it highlights the diamond's clarity. Clarity will need to be your priority when looking at Cushion cuts.
An Asscher cut is very similar to an Emerald cut... The only difference being that an Asscher cut is square. Like an Emerald cut, it is also cut with rectangular facets. Let's focus on clarity and color with this shape.
The shape of a marquise diamond can maximize carat weight, giving you a much larger-looking diamond. It is also brilliant cut, so focusing on cut and color will be at the top of your list.
An Oval cut diamond is very similar to a Round. It carries a striking brilliance and is a popular choice for those with long, slender fingers due to the shape's length.
A Pear cut diamond is an easy shape to remember because it looks like a pear! Also called a teardrop, it has a rounded end with a single point on the opposite side. Cut will be important here.
Have you ever seen a heart shaped diamond? It is not as common as the others listed here, but it is definitely a distinctive and unique choice. Color will be your top factor when searching for Heart shaped diamonds.