Comparing diamonds and deciding which diamond shape is best for you is a fun and exciting process. At Elite Fine Jewelers, we provide detailed education during the engagement ring shopping experience to make sure you completely understand the differences in the diamonds.
There are several types of diamonds that are commonly used in engagement rings. Round brilliant diamonds are the only shape that is not considered a "fancy cut" diamond. Here are some of the most popular types, along with their benefits:
Round Brilliant Cut: This is the most popular cut of diamond for engagement rings. It has 58 facets that are designed to maximize the diamond's brilliance and fire. Round diamonds are timeless and classic, and they are a good choice if you want a traditional engagement ring.
Cushion Cut: This is a classic cut that has been popular for over a century. Cushion cut diamonds are square-shaped with cut corners, resembling an old mine cut diamond, but with modern brilliant cut faceting, making them a vintage style due to their evolution from this ancient diamond shape. Square cushion cut diamonds are a good choice if you want a vintage-style engagement ring. An elongated cushion cut diamond is a popular style making it less likely to represent a vintage-style.
Oval Cut: This cut has an elongated shape with rounded edges, and it is designed to make the diamond look larger than it actually is. Oval cut diamonds are a good choice if you want a diamond that looks bigger than its carat weight.
Emerald Cut: This cut has a rectangular shape with step-like facets that create a hall-of-mirrors effect. It is designed to showcase the diamond's clarity and color, rather than its brilliance and fire. Emerald cut diamonds are a good choice if you want a sophisticated and elegant engagement ring.
- Princess Cut: A princess cut diamond has a square shape with pointed corners, and it is designed to maximize the diamond's sparkle. Princess cut diamonds are a good choice if you want a modern and stylish engagement ring.
- Marquise Cut: This cut has a football-like shape with pointed ends, and it is designed to maximize the diamond's size and brilliance. Marquise cut diamonds are a good choice if you want a diamond that looks larger than its carat weight, and if you want a unique and eye-catching engagement ring.
In addition to the cut, there are other factors to consider when choosing a diamond, such as its color, clarity, and carat weight which the diamond experts at Elite Fine Jewelers will educate you on. Ultimately, the best type of diamond for your engagement ring will depend on your personal style and preferences, as well as your budget. We look forward to working with you!