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Diamond Shapes - Engagement Ring Buyers Guide

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Diamond Shapes for Engagement Rings

Although Diamond Cut forms part of the 4C's Diamond education which ensures you choose the right quality diamond there is also the diamond cut that forms the actual shape of a polished stone. The type of cut can give the diamond more sparkle or a more elegant look and some change with fashion. Essentially though it's a personal choice. An engagement ring is something that you will wear for a long time if not your entire life, so choosing a shape that compliments your style is important. Mayfair Jewellers specialise is designer diamond jewellery for wedding and engagement so we can help you make the correct choice. To start you off we have provided an in-depth visual guide below into each diamond shape and there properties. 

Round Brilliant Cut 

Round Brilliant cut diamond Ring shape

A Round Brilliant is a diamond or gemstone, cut with 58 facets so as to have exceptional brilliance. The shape resembles that of a cone and provides maximized light return through the top of the diamond.  This popular cut has the perfect proportions and symmetry to maximise a diamond's brilliance and fire.

Square Princess Cut Diamond

Square Princess Cut Diamond Shape

A relatively new diamond shape the Princess cut, 2nd in popularity to the Round, was created in the 1980’s. Displaying a high degree of brilliance it is a unique and distinctive alternative to the popular round brilliant.  

Pear Cut Diamond

pear cut diamond shape

A modified brilliant shape the Pear cut diamond is a combination of the Round and Marquise shapes. Also known as a tear drop shape for its round bottom and sides which taper to a point. The unique look of the pear shape helps make it a popular choice for a variety of diamond jewellery.

Oval Cut Diamond

oval cut diamond shape

The Oval is a brilliant cut diamond because it is made very much like a Round Brilliant cut diamond. The Oval diamond is seen most frequently cut in the standard 58 facet brilliant pattern. Oval diamonds are another popular choice for engagement rings or for any diamond retailer

Marquise Cut Diamond

marquise cut diamond shape

The Marquise or Navette (French for "little boat", because it resembles the hull of a sailboat), are the most commonly encountered modified brilliants and can create the illusion of greater size.

Heart Cut Diamond

heart cut diamond shape

A Brilliant cut Heart shaped diamond has romantic symbolism so it is a common gift for Valentine's Day or Wedding anniversary. The stunning look of the heart-shaped diamond helps make it a fantastic choice for a variety of diamond jewellery.

Emerald Cut Diamond

emerald cut diamond shape

The Emerald cut is traditionally rectangular and most closely resembles the natural diamond shape. Regarded as an elegant cut stone the Emerald diamond is not as brilliant as the round shape or princess shape, it is considered to be vintage in style, and less "flashy" than other shapes.

Asscher Cut Diamond

asscher cut diamond shape

The Asscher cut diamonds are very fashionable and make fantastic engagement rings. This Diamond boasts 8 edges, projects a distinct fire when cut correctly and has the the same linear, step-like facets like an Emerald cut diamond. The Asscher diamond also has a certain antique, elegance about it.

Radiant Cut Diamond

Radiant cut diamond shape

The Radiant cut diamond has 8 edges like the Asscher cut diamond, but is longer in length. The original Radiant cut represents the fusion of the elegant shape emerald cut, with the brilliance of the round stone.

Cushion Cut Diamond

oval cut diamond shape rings

The antique style Cushion cut, known also as Pillow-cut or Candlelight diamond, and most often resembles a cross between the old Mine cut and a modern Oval cut. Not as fiery or brilliant as many of the newer cuts, but it has a romantic and classic long lasting look and inspires difference.

Designer Diamond Jewellery by Mayfair Jewellers

If you would like more information on choosing the right diamond style or would like to arrange an appointment where we can show you a range of stone shapes and styles then get in touch on Tel: +44 (0) 203 205 7169 or email us at:

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