One of the most important factors in choosing a diamond stone is deciding on the shape that perfectly matches your style and looks beautiful on you. Your style may guide you to more traditional shapes such as the classic Round, Emerald or Asscher cuts or fancy shapes such as the Marquise, Heart or Pear.
Round Brilliant Cut
The classic and most popular shape is the Round Brilliant-cut diamond. Its 57 facets bring out the most brilliance, fire and sparkle of all the shapes.
To maximize the brilliance of a traditional round diamond, it is preferably to select stones that have excellent or very good cut grade as well as polish and symmetry grades.
*Calissa Jewelry often recommends our clients to purchase "triple x" stones which stands for excellent in cut grade, polish and symmetry.
If you’re looking for more contemporary style, consider the Princess-cut, the second most popular shape. Princess cut diamonds are square or slightly rectangular in shape with pointed corners and an array of intricate facets that increase the diamond’s inherent sparkle.
When choosing a color grade, consider that while the price of a J-color non-round diamond is exceptional, color may be slightly visible in its corners.
Also, princess-cut diamonds can vary greatly in how square or rectangular they are.
For a timeless, elegant look, consider the Emerald-cut diamond with its long, lean lines. The rectangular cut, which has a relatively larger open table (top, flat surface) and fewer facets, highlights the clarity of the diamond more than any other shape.
Due to its larger, open table, this shape highlights the clarity of a diamond. If you choose an emerald-cut with a lower clarity grade, such as SI, be sure to review the clarity plot on the diamond certificate.
The length-to-width ratio determines the diamond's outline, or what it looks like when view from the top.
For the classic emerald-cut shape, look for a length-to-width ratio between 1.30 and 1.40.
The striking Asscher-cut, often described as a square emerald, evokes an art deco feel from the 1920s and ‘30s. Created at the turn of the 20th century, this shape is now experiencing a resurgence in popularity.
If you choose SI-clarity be sure to view the clarity plot on the diamond certificate, because this shape highlights the clarity of the diamond. When choosing a color grade, consider that while the price of a J-color non-round diamond is exceptional, color may be slightly visible in its corners.
The Marquise shaped diamond delivers drama with its brilliant cut and tapered points at two ends. This diamond, when worn as a ring, creates an elongated, slender look. Cleverly, it also maximizes carat weight, giving the appearance of a larger diamond than a round diamond of the same carat weight.
Oval shaped diamonds appeal to those who like their classics with a little edge. Similarly to a classic round diamond, oval diamonds deliver a beautiful brilliance. The elongated shape adds an interesting twist to rings and accentuates the hand to create a slender look.
The Radiant-cut is relatively scarce and appeals to those seeking a unique look. This cut combines the geometrical lines of the emerald shape with the sparkling brilliance of the round cut. Its trimmed corners are the signature characteristic of this shape.A radiant-cut looks equally beautiful set with either baguette (similar to emerald cut with less facets on the table) or round side-diamonds. Radiant-cut diamonds can vary in their degree of rectangularity.
The Pear shaped diamond resembles a glistening teardrop that combines the soft, rounded end of an Oval shape with the sharp, tapered point of a Marquise-cut. An interesting choice for the multi-faceted personality.
The unique look of the pear shape helps make it a popular choice for a variety of diamond jewelry. If you choose an elongated pear shape, the length of the diamond creates a subtle slimming effect on the fingers.
The heart is the ultimate symbol of love. The unique look of the heart-shaped diamond helps make it a distinctive choice for a variety of diamond jewelry, ie engagement ring, pendant etc. When choosing a color grade, consider that while the price of a J-color heart shaped diamond is exceptional, color may be slightly visible in its corners.
the Cushion-cut has been popular for more than a century. With a soft and romantic look, the Cushion-cut (or “pillow-cut” as it is often referred to as) has rounded corners and larger facets to increase the stone’s brilliance.