Round Cut Diamond
The round cut diamond is one of the more common diamond shapes. Nearly 75% of all diamonds are round cuts. It is popular because its round shape and facets reflect optimal light.
Princess Cut Diamond
The princess cut diamond is cut like a square and was first popularized in the 1980s. It is another common choice as it can be placed easily into a variety of settings.
Oval Cut Diamond
The oval diamond is actually a modified brilliant-cut stone that has a more elongated, oval shape. This gives the diamond the illusion that it is larger than it actually is.
Pear Shaped Diamond
The pear shaped diamond combines both marquise and round shapes to produce a tear-drop shaped diamond. The shoulders and width should all be symmetrical in size to be a true pear.
Cushion Cut Diamond
The cushion cut diamond is very similar to a princess cut but it as rounded, or “cushioned” corners. The cushion cut has been around for over 200 years and it has recently gained new popularity.
Emerald Cut Diamond
The emerald cut diamond has a rectangular shape with “step” cuts on the side of the pavilion, which is center part of a diamond. It creates a mirror-like shine but can display diamond inclusions or imperfections more clearly.
Heart Shaped Diamond
The heart shaped diamond is shaped precisely how it is described, like a heart. Because of the careful faceting of heart-shaped diamonds and slight curves, it is best to choose a diamond that is over half a carat for this cut as anything smaller may not be noticeable once it is set into prongs on the ring.