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There are so many factors to consider when buying a diamond. Choosing a diamond shape is a completely personal decision, yet it’s one of the first decisions you’ll need to make in your diamond search. Traditional round cut or romantic heart? Elegant emerald or unique Asscher cut? Explore our diamond shapes guide below to find your perfect shape.

a guide to the top 10 diamond shapes

While diamond shape is one of the most important factors in the diamond’s appearance, some cuts are more exceptional than others. The masterfully designed Esperanza diamond is a case in point. Although diamond size often gets the headlines, let’s take a look at the top 10 most popular diamond shapes in the world.

  • Round Cut

    The round cut is the most in-demand diamond style. In fact 75% of all engagement rings are set with a round-cut diamond. Round cut diamonds are typically a brilliant cut with 58 facets that enhance the sparkle. They are also noted for their romantic hearts & arrows pattern viewable from the top and bottom of the diamond. However they are expensive to produce. as a lot of the rough diamond is lost when the stone is cut. But if you’re looking for a timeless classic style, the round-cut diamond is for you.

  • Oval Cut

    The oval cut is a modified brilliant round cut diamond. If you are dazzled by the shine in a round cut, but are looking for a slightly larger diamond, this is your diamond. Its elongated shape makes it appear larger than its actual size. And although less expensive than a round cut diamond, it is somewhat less popular.

  • Marquise Cut

    The marquise cut is a football-shaped diamond. It is an elongated and modified brilliant cut. The facets each have a large surface so the diamond appears bigger than it actually is. Its unique shape is perfect for a solitaire setting but also looks beautiful with accent diamonds.

  • Pear Cut

    The pear cut is a combination of an oval cut and a marquise cut. It is round at the top and tapers to a point resembling a pear or a teardrop. This cut does not work well with smaller diamonds as it demands perfect symmetry to create true light performance beauty. For the full effect, the stone should be a larger carat weight. Although it makes a gorgeous statement ring, the pear-cut is most often used in pendants or earrings.

  • Heart Cut

    The heart is the eternal symbol of love, and the heart cut diamond evokes that feeling. It is far from the traditional style of diamond for an engagement ring. The cut is only effectively viewable on a larger carat weight, of at least 1 carat. In fact, since the cut makes the diamond appear smaller than it actually is, the heart cut works best on larger stones. It is a difficult shape to cut, so take extra care when looking for flaws and birthmarks.

  • Princess Cut

    The princess cut is a square cut. Like the round cut diamond, the princess cut is elegant, traditional and feminine, making it a highly popular choice for engagement rings. The princess cut is also cheaper than a round cut diamond, due to the fact that two equally sized princess cut diamonds can be cut from the same rough stone.

  • Cushion Cut

    The cushion cut diamond gets its name from its unique shape. It is a square cut with rounded edges that create a look resembling a pillow or cushion. The large facets allow for more shine.

  • Radiant Cut

    A radiant cut diamond is a square or rectangle cut, with the brilliance of a round-cut diamond and the elegance of a princess cut. The pattern is a modified square shape that maximizes color refraction.

  • Emerald Cut

    The emerald cut diamond is very popular amongst celebrities but is less popular with the general public. It has a rectangular shape with cut corners and a large flat table that enhances the visibility of the diamond’s birthmarks, its inclusions and flaws. It is a very elaborate and decorative cut with a beautiful sparkle.

  • Asscher Cut

    The Asscher cut is an Art Deco style created in 1902 by the Asscher Diamond Company in Holland. It is a square cut with large facets, high crown and  smaller table, so it is more brilliant than the emerald cut. However, birthmarks are relatively visible with the Asscher cut, which means you’ll need a higher quality cut. And that generally translates to higher price.