Diamond Shapes

Diamond Shape

Diamonds are natural crystals that can be cut into a large variety of shapes such as round, princess, heart, oval, marquise etc. The following information will help you to choose the right shaped diamond.

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Brilliant Round

A classic diamond to most people is a round gem of sparkling white brilliance with a kaleidoscope of dazzling facets. This shape has set the standard for all other diamond shapes and accounts for more than 75% of diamonds sold today.

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Princess Cut

Princess is a brilliant square diamond with sharp, uncut corners and pavilion facets that are wide at the culet and narrowed towards the girdle. Princess is one of the most popular cuts in the world after the brilliant round.

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Oval Cut

It is similar to the round diamond in sparkle and brilliance. A perfectly symmetrical oval diamond is very popular as a centre diamond piece for engagement rings and among women with small hands or short fingers as they make fingers appear long and slender.

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Marquise Cut

Marquise is a boat-shaped modified round diamond with pointed ends. Its elongated shape makes fingers look long and slender. It is very essential to choose a diamond with perfect facet alignment to retain its brilliance.

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Pear Cut

Pear shaped diamond is shaped almost like a sparkling tear drop. It compliments hands with small or average length fingers. Elongated pear diamonds are preferably used in earrings and necklaces, while smaller pear-shaped diamonds are used in rings.

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Heart Cut

This ultimate symbol of romance essentially shaped like a heart, is an ultimate gift for Valentine’s Day. A very flat diamond appears big, but lacks brilliance, while an overly deep diamond’s brilliance looks good but the diamond looks smaller than the ideal.

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Emerald Cut

Emerald diamond is a step-cut diamond having a row of elongated facets (usually 48 to 50) that resembles a stair case. The flat planes of the outside edges allow for a variety of side stone shapes.

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Radiant Cut

This square or rectangular shape diamond has 70 facets that maximize the effect of its colour refraction. Similar in outside shape to an emerald but with Kite shaped facets.

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Cushion Cut

A cushion cut is square or rectangular in shape with rounded corners and 58 brilliant facets that resemble a pillow shape, hence the name. 

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Ascher Cut

The Asscher cut is a variation of the Emerald cut except that it is square. It is characterized by a small table and large steps.