Shopping for a diamond engagement ring is a romantic and exciting adventure but can become overwhelming with the availability of thousands of style, diamond cuts and settings to choose. One of the best ways to start with buying an ideal engagement ring is to consider the diamond cut. However, for this, you need to understand the personal style of your beloved and take an honest inventory of her hands before you start shopping. This is essential because the engagement ring is something that she will be wearing day in and day out so it should flatter her unique finger shape and size as well as her personality.
Diamonds are available in round, square, oval, rectangular and various other shapes. Here I have rounded up some of the diamond cuts to help you pick the perfect ring to suit the style of your love.
Round Brilliant Cut
Round brilliant cut is the most popular choice for an engagement ring. It is a traditional and the sparkliest of all the diamond cuts as it has various faceted patterns. Round brilliant has round girdle outline, 56 symmetrically placed triangular and kite shaped facets, table facet and an optional culet facet for a total of 58 facets. These facets add incredible sparkle, brilliance, fire and scintillation. Round brilliant cut is perfect for those who are drawn to a classic and timeless style and want the maximum sparkle in their engagement ring.
The princess cut is defined by its square, symmetrical shape and incredible sparkle making it second favourite cut to round brilliant cut. The princess cut is the most efficiently cut diamonds with a shape that allows for two equally sized diamonds to be carved from the same rough stone. It is a versatile cut which looks beautiful in almost any diamond engagement ring setting. Princess cut diamonds have a slightly lower price per carat than the brilliant round cut. Princess cut diamond flatters any hand shape and its geometric shape tends to appeal to those who like contemporary styles.
The emerald cut is a rectangular one having a long history and reputation for classic elegance in diamond engagement rings. Emerald cut offers a unique look that is created by step cuts of its pavilion and its large and open tables. This cut doesn’t have sparkle but produces a hall of mirror effect because of the interplay of light and dark planes. Emerald cut has an elegant appeal with long lines and dramatic flashes of light. It is a sophisticated and sleek choice, often best in a solitaire setting flanked by baguettes or trapezoid cut diamonds. The emerald cut is perfect for women who are the embodiments of timeless elegance and sophistication. It offers a slimming and elongated effect on fingers, making it an ideal shape for someone with short fingers.
Much like the round brilliant, oval cut diamonds offer outstanding brilliance and fire. With its elongated shape, the diamond looks more massive and is a perfect choice for people who want a wow factor on a budget. If you are someone looking for sparkle but with a unique style then oval cut diamond is a great option. If your loved one lives an active lifestyle, you should choose this style and its slender shape makes the finger appear longer and slimmer which is a desirable effect for many. Oval cut diamonds look best in solitaire and halo settings.
Marquise is a tapered cut giving an appearance of two half circles joined together. This diamond cut has one of the largest crown surface areas, making the stone appear more significant and is widely considered one of the most romantic of all cuts because of its origin. King Louis XIV of France custom-built the new shape for his mistress the Marquise de Pompadour and was rumoured that the shape echoed her smile. If your beloved is someone who likes sophistication and wants slim and elongated finger, the marquise diamond could be for you.
Pear cut is a stunning combination of marquise and oval cut giving a resemblance of a teardrop and offering maximum brilliance and fire. It is a trendy alternative to some of the more traditional diamond shapes. Pear cut diamond is versatile in nature that is it can be worn with a point either facing up or down offering two different looks, this is the reason for the popularity of this cut. The pear cut exudes luxury and glamour and suits most hand types, but is particularly ideal for someone with shorter fingers as it makes them look slimmer and more elegant.
A heart-shaped diamond engagement ring is perhaps the most romantic of diamond shapes and is the perfect symbol of love. Heart shaped diamonds are available in a variety of sizes at Australian Diamond Company for different budgets. When choosing this cut, symmetry is an important characteristic to look. The two halves of the heart should be identical with cleft sharp and distinct and the wings should have a very slightly rounded shape. This is not a common cut but a woman wearing it stands out in a crowd.
Asscher cut is a variation on the emerald cut but with a smaller table, more significant step facets and a higher crown. These all factors produce more brilliance than the Emerald cut. The most distinctive feature of Asscher cut is the series of concentric squares or X that are visible when viewing the table from above. Asscher cut looks gorgeous in solitaire setting but also complements well with a wide range of antique halo styles. This cut is for women who prefer a more opulent setting style.
All the diamond cuts mentioned above are unique and beautiful in their way and when choosing one, it all comes down to personal preference. Whether you choose round brilliant or heart cut it should feel more natural and preferable on the wearer’s hand.