When you want to buy a diamond with confidence, having an idea of shape is important as well. This is certainly a matter of preference. However, some shapes may offer more fire and brilliance than others.
The most common diamond shape is the round brilliant. According to the GIA, “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.”
Diamond shapes other than the round brilliant are calledfancy shapes, or fancies. The princess, oval, heart, emerald, pear, and marquise are all fancy-shaped diamonds.
Other prominent diamond shapes include the cushion, pear, radiant, and heart. While style will drive the decision about what shape to buy more than anything else, each shape has unique advantages and disadvantages from cost to brilliance to accentuated color or clarity. Once you decide on a shape, be sure to find out more about what to look for from a professional.