Diamond education: the shape
By Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry
With so many different shapes to choose from, you can select a diamond that truly reflects the personailty and style of your future bride.
Round diamonds are the only diamonds with the necessary dimensions and proportions to be graded as ideal. (the cut that reflects the maximum amount of light).
Although the classic round diamond continues to be the traditional choice for engagement rings, many brides today are also choosing other shaped diamonds.
Most fancy shaped diamonds can vary greatly - some being more squarely shaped while others are more rectangular. These proportions are measured by the length to width ratio.
A perfectly square diamond will have a ratio of 1.0. A longer more rectangular diamond may have a ratio of 1.3 or 1.4. some very long, slender shapes, such as the Marquise, can have a ratio of 2.0 or higher.
Here is a list of diamond shapes; see images in sidebar.
- Round: The traditional engagement diamond with 58 facets for spectacular firee and brillance.
- Princess: A very popular cut admired for its contemporary lines and many sparkling facets.
- Emerald: Exquisite, understand elegance with fewer facets, but classic appeal.
- Marquise: Known for its captivating grandeur and royal heritage, this diamond often looks larger than it actually is.
- Pear: This sparkling tear-drop shape evokes the qualities of an oval and a marquise.
- Radiant: A unique cut capturing the elegance of an emerald cut with the brillance of a round.
- Trilliant: A stunning triangle of fire with pointed or rounded corners.
- Baguette: A rectangular or oblong shape celebrated for its quiet beauty.
- Tapered Baguette: A relatively long an thin baguette with one pair of tapered sides.
- Ascher: Octagonal or square with beloved corners,this magnificent antique cut is enjoying a well-deserved resurgence in popularity.
- Oval: Another attractive antique style, it brings back the romance of a bygone era.
- Half Moon: Straight on one side and curved on the other, these side stones are usually set with their straight side adjacent to a center stone.
- Cushion: Another attractive antique style, it brings back the romance of a bygone era.
- Heart: The Valentine of diamond cuts and the perfect choice for pure romantics.
- Trapezoid: A four-sided diamond in which two of the sides are parallel and two slant towards each other; trapezoids are normally placed on either side of a central diamond.
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