The round cut diamond is the most popular diamond shape. This cut is technically referred to as a brilliant cut and has 57 facets. This is the most popular and classic of diamond shapes. It’s estimated that 75% of all diamonds sold are round-shaped and according to research by The Knot, 53% of engagement ring center stones are round. From the hands of an expert cutter, the round brilliant diamond has been around since the 1700’s, but has been modified over the years and delivers on its promise of beauty and brilliance. The round diamond cut maximizes light return better than most other shapes and creates a dazzling display and is a true classic.
The most popular square shape is a princess-cut. This is the runner-up in popularity for diamond engagement rings, behind the round brilliant. The princess cut has the liveliness of a round cut diamond with the moderness of hard edges to create one of the most brilliant fancy shapes of all. It’s often seen as a more modern or fashion-forward choice. Because of the sharp corners, it is best to set the diamond in a v-cap prong or bezel setting. If not, it’s more vulnerable to damage than a round diamond. If the bride-to-be works with her hands a lot or tends to be accidental, the square might not be the most practical choice unless protected by the setting choice. The princess cut, another geometric shape, is best when a diamond has few inclusions, because its “step-like” cut acts like a window, allowing inclusions to be more easily seen, so the clarity grade should be higher.
Oval cut diamonds are a scintillating twist on the classic round brilliant, falling somewhere between a round and marquise cut in shape. It gives a softer, rounder look that, along with its elongated shape and amazing sparkle, truly captures the viewer’s attention. Even though round diamonds are known to sparkle the most, oval diamonds come in a close second. Just like the pear cut, you need to pay close attention to proportions. Occasionally a dark “bow-tie” shape will appear in the center of the diamond if disproportionate. Want to meet the oval cut diamond’s number one fan? Ask for Melissa in our Peoria location!
An emerald cut diamond is an elegant beauty. The diamond has a rectangular shape with cut corners whose width to length ratio can vary based on personal style. The bottom of the diamond is cut to look like steps or stairs. Emerald cuts can have 49 facets or more, yet are less scintillating due to that step-cut style of faceting. Because of the large facets, emerald cuts do not hide imperfections very well. The inclusions become more obvious in lower clarity diamonds. Since lots of scintillation masks inferior color, emerald cuts also seems to emphasize inferior color. Remember, when shopping for an emerald cut diamond you need to choose the highest quality stone within your budget. We promise the payoff will be worth the elegant and timeless look!
Combining the cut characteristics of both the round and the oval, the cushion cut resembles a pillow or cushion (hence the name). Rounded corners and larger facets increase this special diamond’s brilliance. The large facets of this shape highlight a diamond’s clarity. A cushion cut diamond is elegantly shaped and used in vintage-styled jewelry.
The radiant diamond shape is reminiscent of an emerald cut, but has a facet arrangement that gives it a brilliance similar to a round cut diamond. Radiant cuts have angled corners and can range from perfectly square to a long rectangle shape. Radiant cut diamonds are great for the girl that wants something bold, different, and super sparkly!
One of our favorites, the asscher (pronounced “ash-er”) cut diamond is as mezmerizing as an emerald cut but shaped similar to princess cut, but with cropped corners. This technique gives the asscher cut more brilliance than an emerald cut althought sometimes referred to as a “square emerald cut”. There are eight sides to an asscher cut diamond. These diamond cuts are not as popular as other fancies, but are a Bremer Family favorite!
Pear shaped diamonds are a stunning fusion of the traditional round brilliant and marquise shaped diamonds. Some may refer to it as a “teardrop”. When wearing a pear cut diamond, the narrow end is traditionally worn pointing toward the hand. But who says you can’t break the rules! Pear cut diamonds come in a variety of dimensions, from slim to wide. If you are looking for something that looks big, a 1-carat pear shape will look larger than most 1-carat rounds. But be careful, make sure the length to width ratio of the pear shape is optimal for light return. Occasionally a dark “bow-tie” shape will appear in the center of the rounded half of the diamond. Make sure that your teardrop diamond doesn’t have this imperfection!
True romantics love the Heart Shape! The two soft shoulders that lead down to one lower point…the point where two become one. We don’t see many of these anymore, but every once in a while our diamond buyer gets one in. When looking for a heart shaped diamond, symmetry is a very important characteristic, since it is critical that the two halves of the heart are identical. Heart shaped diamonds of less than .50 carats may not be a good choice, as the heart shape is more difficult to perceive in smaller diamonds, especially after they are set in prongs.
With its design, the Marquise cut diamond’s elongated shape flatters the hand and symbolizes true love to last the ages. The name is derived from the Marquise of Pompadour, for whom King Louis XIV of France allegedly had a stone fashioned to resemble what he considered her perfectly shaped mouth. Because marquise diamonds are long and narrow, they can also create the illusion of greater size. Just like the pear and oval cuts, you need to pay close attention to proportions. Occasionally a dark “bow-tie” shape will appear in the center of the diamond if disproportionate. A marquise diamond should always be set with prongs to protect the two points and yourself.