‘Wow it’s beautiful!’ That’s the reaction you hope everyone has when you show them your ring! There are so many choices when it comes to engagement rings and like myself, many women already have an idea of the style they want, but one of the biggest choices is the center stone. Picking out the stone that is going to both complement your personality and your hand can be an overwhelming decision, especially if you don’t know enough about the different types of stone cuts. So we decided to go through each type of diamond cut to make sure you are making the decision that will bring you the most happiness and of course give everyone else that ‘WOW factor’ when they take a look at your ring!

Asscher – The asscher cut is a fancy cut diamond, square in shape with dramatic cut corners. It uses step cutting and faceted techniques similar to an emerald cut but allows more sparkle. This cut is described as stylish and striking with an art deco period feel to it, and is designed to draw the eye into the diamond.

Asscher Shaped Diamond Picture

Cushion – The cushion cut is a fancy cut diamond, square in shape with rounded corners. It uses larger faceted techniques that resemble a pillow shape, which increases brilliance, the brightness of a diamond or its sparkle. It is a little less brilliant than a round cut diamond but has more fire or light that reflects out in a rainbow of color. The cushion cut diamond is said to be an antique style cut with a soft or romantic feel, giving it that modern yet traditional look. It looks nice in almost every style of engagement ring and is a popular shape for fancy colored diamonds.

Cushion Cut Diamond Picture

Emerald – The emerald cut is a fancy cut diamond, rectangular in shape with step cuts. An emerald cut is generally not as bright or fiery as a round brilliant cut stone, but instead accentuates the diamonds clarity, whiteness and lustre. The emerald cut is a very elegant cut, perfect for antique rings, giving off that antique, art-deco feel.

Emerald Cut Diamond Picture

 Marquise – The marquise cut is a fancy brilliant cut diamond, with an elongated slender look and tapered points on each end. The marquise cut appears larger than a round brilliant cut of the same carat weight and makes the finger of the person wearing it appear longer and slimmer. It is important that the marquise cut maintains symmetry, meaning that the end points should align with each other. The marquise cut looks great in a solitaire setting and is the type of stone that stands out.

Marquise Cut Diamond Picture

Oval – The oval cut is a fancy cut diamond, similar to the round cut diamond but with an oval shape giving it its uniqueness. The oval cut delivers sparkle or brilliance like a round cut and is usually best delivered when it is at a higher colour grade. Like the marquise cut, the oval cut makes the finger of the person wearing it appear longer and slimmer. The oval cut is said to deliver unique elegance and can be used in almost any setting.

Oval Cut Diamond Picture

Princess – The princess cut is a fancy square cut diamond, with pointed corners. This cut is the closest of all the square cuts to achieving the fire and brilliance of a round cut diamond. The princess cut diamond is said to be very flattering on a hand with long fingers.

Princess Cut Diamond Picture

Pear – The pear cut is a fancy cut diamond combining the shape of both the oval and marquise diamond cuts. The pear cut has similar brilliance and sparkle to the round cut diamond, but shows off color the strongest. Like the marquise or oval cut, the pear cut makes the finger of the person wearing it appear longer and slimmer. The pear cut is perfect for pendants and earrings.

Pear Shaped Diamond Picture

Round Brilliant – The round brilliant cut is the most popular of all diamond shapes as well as the most popular cut for solitaire engagement rings. Like in the name it contains a circular shape, with unsurpassed brilliance and sparkle. The round brilliant does cost more on a per carat basis, due to the fact that there is such high demand for it but a lower supply.

Round Cut Diamond Picture

Radiant – The radiant cut is a fancy cut diamond, which combines the elegance of an emerald cut but the brilliance of a round cut diamond. The radiant cut diamond is a perfect choice for solitaire rings, or rings with accent stones. If you do choose a ring with accent stones, the radiant cut looks beautiful set with rounded or princess cut diamonds.

Radiant Cut Diamond

Taking the time to do research on each cut of diamond will ultimately help you pick out your perfect ring. If you still have questions on the different diamond cuts, or on selection of the clarity, color or carat weight for a specific cut, contact the Diamond Experts at ECO Diamond.