Do you prefer pear-shaped, cushion cut, square cut, or princess cut diamonds? When selecting a diamond, you may be drawn to a certain shape more than others. But personal preference is only one reason for the wide variety of diamond shapes.
Here we take a look at some popular diamond shapes, and how they contribute to the overall look of a diamond.
What’s the difference between shape and cut?
Shape and cut actually mean two different things when it comes to diamonds. The shape refers to a diamond’s outline or form.
Cut, on the other hand, refers to how the stone is carved to bring out its natural qualities, and to maximize its fire and brilliance. Every diamond is different, and the number of facets, its symmetry, its proportions, and its shape all contribute to how well it reflects and interacts with light.
Shape and cut are just two characteristics you should consider when selecting a diamond — color, clarity, and carat are important too, and all contribute to the final look.
What is “face-up” size?
This is how large a diamond appears when it is in its setting. It can be a bit of an optical illusion: Some shapes have a larger face-up size than others, meaning they look larger than their carat weight.
What are “fancy” diamond shapes?
Any shape other than round is considered a fancy diamond shape. Examples include heart-shaped diamonds, marquise diamonds, trillion cut, and asscher cut diamonds, as well as many others.
Here’s our guide to some of the more popular shapes.