NEED TO KNOW: DIAMOND SHAPE
When starting your search for an engagement ring, choosing the shape of the central diamond is a great place to start. Round brilliant diamonds represent a high proportion the engagement rings purchased from us; this is down to the abundance of fire, life and brilliance, they simply are the most sparkly. That said, our advise is to go with your instinct and if your girlfriend has been strongly suggesting she likes a pear shape, take the hint!!
Diamonds fall into two categories, brilliant cuts which are those cut to optimise light return throughout the stone, and Step cuts which are designed to showcase the clarity of the diamond. Examples of brilliant cut diamond shapes are: round, cushion, princess & pear, whilst emerald and asscher are examples of step cut diamonds. It is important to remember that diamond shape is not the same as diamond cut.
Where as brilliant cut diamonds showcase luminosity, Step cuts, on the other hand, are designed to showcase the clarity of the stone. Here, elongated parallel facets make up the pavilion section. The diamond still sparkles beautifully, but there is an emphasis on the purity and elegance of the stone. Step cuts include emerald and asscher shapes.
Remember that shape is not the same as cut – when we talk about cut specifically, we are referring to the individual arrangement of light-reflecting facets in a single stone and the way that this has been engineered. Three emerald-cut diamonds may have varying cuts of varying quality, and the better the cut, the higher the reflection of light, and the more fire and brilliance your diamond will have. Cut is one of the Four Cs (also including colour, clarity and carat), and is also a very important consideration when choosing a diamond.
While some shapes are more popular than others, and some provide better value for money, the most important thing is to choose a diamond that suits your bride-to-be. Think about her own personal style, and how that can be reflected in a precious gem. Gentle, fiery, quirky, bold or romantic – there is a diamond shape out there for everyone.