26.06.2012

Engagement Ring Shapes

Engagement rings come in numerous shapes to suit different personalities, characteristics and sometimes practicality in terms of your budget. At Diamonds International we want to help you pick the perfect engagement ring. Here is a quick look at the different diamond shapes to help you find that definitive engagement ring.

What is a diamond shape?

Collectively there are many factors for you to ponder when choosing your engagement ring, we recommend deciding on the diamond shape of your engagement ring first before anything else. After all, it is the most prominent and recognisable feature of the diamond.

Not to be confused, the shape of your diamond engagement ring is the outward appearance of the diamond, not the cut of a diamond.

The most popular shapes for an engagement ring are round, square and pear shaped diamonds. However, if you would like something a little more unique, diamonds engagement ring shapes also include princess, emerald, asscher, marquise, oval, radiant, pear, heart and cushion.

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A detailed breakdown of the of the engagement ring diamond shape can be found here

Round Cut Diamond

As the name suggests a Round shaped Diamond- by far the most popular Diamond Shape.

Princess Diamond

The Princess Cut Diamond is typically a square with sharp, uncut corners.

Emerald Cut Diamond

Rectangular in shape, the outer edges of the stone are flat planes.

Oval Cut Diamond

As the name suggests an Oval shaped Diamond. The Oval Diamond seemingly lengthens hands and fingers.

Pear Cut Diamond

Combines features of the Marquise and Oval shaped Diamonds to resemble a teardrop.

Marquise Cut Diamond

An elongated shape with pointed edges. The Marquise shape is inspired by the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour.

Cushion Cut Diamond

The Cushion Diamond is square to rectangular in shape with rounded corners, resembling a pillow.

Heart Cut Diamond

The Heart shaped Diamond is romantic perfection.

Asscher Cut Diamond

A modified square cut Emerald Diamond, the Asscher Diamond is characterised by a smaller table and step facet.

Radiant Cut Diamond

The Radiant Cut Diamond is a straight-edged square to rectangular shape.

Trilliant Cut Diamond

A unique triangle shaped Diamond with equal sides.

Cut

The cut of the diamond can be difficult as it refers to the ability of the diamond to reflect and catch the light. At Diamonds International we feel the best choice is a stone with good proportions for that all over sparkle.

How to pick the right diamond shape for your engagement ring?

Simplicity, elegant, timeless are all key phrases that can be used to describe an engagement ring, however there are no wrongs or rights when it comes to the diamond shape. As a starting point Diamonds International suggests you look at your partners hand shape and in particular their ring finger, as some diamond shapes simply don?t look good on certain types of fingers. For example, a marquise shape makes fingers look long and slender therefore a long finger will complement the shape.

If you are still not sure about this approach we recommend getting some feedback from your partner as to which shape she would prefer for her engagement ring. If you?re wondering how you can get this information from her without giving away the surprise you could go window shopping with her for another piece of diamond jewellery ? listen closely as she may give away her own diamond shape preference. Alternatively, ask her mates or family for some much needed advice.

For inspiration please browse our exquisite collection of engagement rings or if you are considering a custom designed engagement ring select the perfect diamond from our loose diamond search, all stones are GIA certified.

Ultimately, picking the right diamond shape is no easy task, so if you would prefer a deeper level of guidance please contact us.  Alternatively, if you would like a recommendation from our Diamonds International staff come in to one of our stores at Chermside, Carindale and Brisbane City who would be more than happy to offer you advice on all aspects  of your engagement ring.