Shape is sometimes confused with Cut, one of the four C’s. Shape refers to just that, think Round, Cushion, or Radiant. The cut actually refers to how well a diamond reflects and disperses light. A well cut diamond will reflect light and create a beautiful sparkling effect, called “scintillation”. Cut has long been known as the most important “C”, however, the recipients taste in shape will be as equally important in making your decision on which diamond to purchase.
Consider the following when shopping. Have they been hinting about their “Dream Diamond” and what shape it is? Have they admired someone else’s diamond?
If you’re still unsure, consider the classic shapes Round and Princess. These shapes are timeless and compliment most styles of engagement ring settings. A third classic, the Emerald cut has clean lines and is designed to show off high quality diamonds.
Modified versions of the Round and Princess are very popular right now and can be seen in the Radiant cut. This shape is popular in both a square and rectangle.
Looking for a large diamond? The Marquise, Oval and Pear shape diamonds while beautiful in any size and well suited for most ring settings, make a stunning statement in sizes 1 Carat and larger.
Last but not least are the very uniquely cut Trillion and Heart shaped diamonds. These shapes can be difficult to work with, but set in the right setting are perfect for the person with an artistic flare.