What does the shape of the diamond in your engagement ring represent? Does it match your personality or the person you’re planning on giving it to? These are some questions people ask themselves before committing to a diamond shape and below we’re breaking down what each shape means and if it’s the right fit for you.
Round diamond engagement rings are perhaps the most popular. A woman with a round brilliant diamond can usually be described as traditional and sincere, according to the Cape Town Diamond Museum.
The princess cut is the most preferred diamond shape after the round brilliant cut. Brides who fall in love with the square shape are typically looking for something traditional yet different. A woman with a princess cut diamond engagement ring is considered clever and fun-loving.
The emerald cut diamond is probably one of the most unique stone shapes around. Women who fall in love with this shape are generally more technical in nature with a keen eye for design. They also like to take risks and they’re open to the unexpected, according to the museum.
According to GIA, “Sleek, elegant and beautifully understated, an emerald cut engagement ring is a great choice for someone who’s romantic and sophisticated.”
The cushion cut is essentially a square cut with rounded sides making it softer than a princess cut, but not as round as a round brilliant cut diamond.
According to GIA-graduated gemologist and fourth-generation diamantaire Olivia Landau, the cushion cut is both feminine and trendy. “A cushion’s curved corners and brilliant facets are perfect for someone searching for a soft look with a lot of sparkle.”
The asscher diamond is described as a more traditional when it comes to diamond shapes. A bride with the asscher cut diamond engagement ring is seen as elegant and feminine.
“Asscher cuts have an old world sophistication. Women who love antiques and unique designs tend to gravitate more toward Asscher cuts for their retro look,” Landau said.
This shape is similar to the emerald cut diamond except for the arrangements of facets, which allows for a lot more sparkle.
“Women who like radiant cuts tend to be bubbly and outgoing,” Landau said. “The brilliant faceting and rectangular shape is great for those who love a lot of sparkle and flash!
A heart shape diamond engagement ring is for a bride who’s romantic at heart and wants a truly unique engagement ring shape. Something to make a statement that is also an unmistakeable symbol of love. A bride with this shape is considered to be sentimental and passionate by nature.
Beautiful, classic and a little different, brides attracted to a diamond shaped oval cut engagement ring tend to be sophisticated and enjoy things that are one of a kind.
As GIA explains, “There are compelling reasons why many people love oval diamonds: Because the oval diamond has a larger surface area than a round diamond of equal carat weight, it can appear larger to the eye. The oval shape can make the finger seem longer. And because the shape doesn’t have sharp angles or corners, an oval diamond is less prone to chipping compared to other fancy shapes.”
The marquise shape diamond has an elongated body with pointed sides and can often appear larger than life (and larger face-up than a round diamond of the same weight) due to its unique shape, making it popular among brides who like to be a bit dramatic. The ring also has a royal pedigree. Developed in France in the 1740s, legend has it that it was named for the Marquise de Pompadour, a mistress of King Louis XV, because its outline resembled the shape of her mouth.
Many brides who like marquise cut engagement rings also appreciate the fact that a marquise will make their fingers appear longer and more slender.
The pear cut, also known as the teardrop, is a combination of a round and marquise shape diamond. “Women who move to the beat of their own drum and don’t want a ring like everyone else gravitate toward a pear,” Landau said.