What is the Best Diamond Shape
An Overview of the Most Common Diamond Shapes Today
If you’re asking yourself “what is the best diamond shape,” that’s a question that requires a bit of education and context.
There’s an almost limitless number of shapes into which diamonds have been cut, but in the modern market, there are ten common shapes that you’ll see often: round, oval, pear, marquise, heart, princess, radiant, emerald, asscher, and cushion. Each of these shapes has its own traits and depending on what you’re looking for in a diamond, the best may vary wildly.
Fortunately, here at The Wedding Ring Shop, you can choose from hundreds of different diamonds to fit your personal tastes!
Why the Shape of the Diamond You Choose is Important
The visual qualities of a diamond are largely informed by the fire and scintillation of the stone. The former refers to the rainbow sparkle of the diamond; the latter refers to the white flashes of the jewel. Diamonds with intersecting facets are known as “brilliant” thanks to their brilliant sparkle, and include round, oval, pear, marquise, and heart cuts. Step cuts, on the other hand, are stepped like a pyramid, with their facets parallel. This minimizes brilliance but creates an elegant “hall of mirrors” effect in emerald and Asscher cuts. Princess, radiant, and cushion cuts are mixed thanks to their unique blending of parallel and intersecting facets.
In addition to brilliance and the “hall of mirrors,” the diamond shapes themselves have an effect on the desirability of the stone. Longer shapes, like oval, emerald, and marquise, are preferable for the woman who wants to create the illusion of narrowness in her finger. Compact shapes, including round, Asscher, and princess cuts, create a feeling of daintiness (and are very good at concealing minor inclusions). The two most popular shapes in the world are round and princess cuts, but of course, you can choose to take your own path. You may also appreciate having an unexpected shape as the center stone, such as the heart, marquise or Asscher cut.
Visit the Wedding Ring Shop for All Your Diamond and Jewelry Needs
Since 1987, The Wedding Ring Shop has been a fixture of the Hawaiian jewelry scene. We strive for the most exceptional collections of bridal and fashion jewelry on the market, and we’re always pleased to show off designer looks to our customers. In addition to our designer engagement rings, we also bring some of the world’s most remarkable loose diamonds to women who are asking themselves what the best diamond shape is.
If you’d like to discuss the diamonds we showcase, or you’re wondering which shape is right for you, don’t hesitate to contact us at our showroom in Honolulu, Hawaii at (808) 945-7766!