When selecting a diamond, shape is one of the most important factors to consider. The contours and outlines of a diamond have a significant impact on its appearance. The brilliant round cut diamond has long been the most popular, although many modern consumers prefer alternative shapes, including cushion, princess, and radiant, among others.
At Brilliance, we offer the most popular diamond shapes in our online diamond search. Below, learn more about their unique traits, aesthetic properties, and markings of quality.
The most commonly chosen variation, round diamonds have been researched more by certified gemologists than any other shape. Renowned for its unrivaled fire and brilliance, this shape boasts excellent light refraction properties. When all else is equal, a round diamond will be more valuable than alternative shapes.
A square stone with 90-degree corners, the princess shape originated in the United States in 1980. This shape is one of the most efficiently produced types of diamonds, with nearly 60% of the original rough stone preserved during the cutting process. The most desirable princess diamonds are perfectly square in shape, with the more rectangular variations decreasing in value.
Introduced in 1902 by Joseph Asscher, renowned diamond cutter, this diamond shape utilizes many of the same cutting techniques of the square emerald cut. What sets the Asscher apart are its uniquely angled and cropped corners.
Relatively new to the jewelry industry, radiant diamonds were introduced little more than 20 years ago. This unique shape is a stunning hybrid of a traditional round-cut and an elegant emerald-cut, resulting in a square, near-square, or rectangular orientation.
First introduced into the jewelry market in 1830, the cushion diamond is rich in with diamond history. Cut into a square or rectangular shape with rounded corners and sides, it's considered by many to be a softer version of the emerald shape.
Emerald-cut diamonds are usually rectangular in shape. Distinguished by beveled corners and step facets, this type of diamond is more transparent than other shapes, resulting in the need for higher standards of clarity.
Reputed to have been specially developed for King Louis XIV of France, who wanted a diamond that simulated the smile of Marquise de Pompadour, the elongated Marquise stone has gracefully pointed ends for a dramatic appeal.
Cut with the same number of facets as a round diamond, an oval shape emits nearly the same level of brilliance and fire, and its elongated shape can make it appear larger in carat weight than a round.
Exuding elegance, pear-shaped diamonds (also referred to as a 'drop cut' or 'teardrop' diamonds) are cut to resemble a drop of water with a single point and rounded end, resulting in a cross between a round and marquise cut. There is some variation among pear-cut diamonds, with some appearing wider and others exhibiting a longer, narrower shape.
Living up to its name, the heart-cut diamond has become synonymous with love and affection, making it an excellent choice for an anniversary or engagement ring. This unique shape is similar to a pear-cut diamond, differentiated by two rounded edges and a cleft at the top. One of the most demanding diamond cuts to create, a heart-shaped stone requires great skill and dexterity on the part of the diamond cutter.