Trending Diamond Shapes
Each bride-to-be has a dream for every element of the big day, it all starts with their vision for the perfect engagement ring. Though alternative engagement stones have gained popularity in recent years, the diamond still reigns supreme. Discover value and the romance of history when you purchase pre-owned. Consider a vintage engagement ring or find your perfect stone at auction when you purchase secondhand. We’ve pulled together a sparkling list of today’s most popular cuts, from the timeless round brilliant to the more unique pear shape, to help guide you to a ring that you will fall in love with and set the tone for your wedding day.
Designed to maximize the sparkle by enhancing the amount of light that is reflected, the round brilliant cut diamond is a slightly more contemporary take on the classic shape. Formed with two pyramids coming together, 57 facets and a perfect point, the round brilliant cut tends to be more expensive than other similar weighted diamonds due to the amount of raw stone cut away when achieving the shape. The amplified brilliance commands attention and is the key factor to the shapes incredible popularity.
The cushion cut, previously known as an old mine cut diamond, has been a top contender for over 200 years. The square shape with rounded corners was at its height of popularity during the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras. A century later brides are recognizing the old world charm of this pillow shaped diamond and it is making a strong comeback.
Perhaps the most bold and elegant shape of the popular cuts, the emerald cut exudes architectural styling of the Art Deco period. The long facets highlight and show clarity better than any other cut. With origins in the 16th century this timeless cut is for the woman who demands the room and isn’t afraid of being a little flashy.
Said to symbolize the tears of joy that accompany every engagement, the pear shape offers more bang for your buck since the cut appears optically bigger. With a similar faceting structure to round diamonds the pear shape shines with brilliance, and the asymmetry and relatively recent rise to popularity makes it a more rare shape to find among your friends.
Strong light performance coupled with the efficient removal of raw stone in the polishing process makes the princess cut diamond good value. The princess cut consistently remains among the most popular due to the inherent pyramid shape and the flexibility it offers for a variety of ring styles.