So many diamond cutting styles and shapes. Which to choose?
Diamonds come in a variety of shapes and cutting styles. From the round to the princess cut diamond, the shape of the diamond you choose will directly affect the appearance of your engagement ring as well as its price.
Now, fashion fads come and go all the time and the tastes of the consumer market are ever-changing. So, what are the current jewelry trends and the most popular diamond cuts that people are buying today?
In this article, we will reveal the top 5 most popular diamond shapes and also provide a quick overview of the various cutting styles. Let’s dive in…
Here is a list of topics we will be covering:
A super ideal cut round diamond engagement ring I bought from White Flash.
The round cut diamond is by far the most popular shape throughout the worldwide market today. In fact, it accounts for more than 70% of the total volume of diamonds sold! Due to its symmetrically balanced shape, the level of light performance displayed by modern round brilliant cuts surpasses any other cuts of diamonds.
It is no coincidence that the round brilliant cut is the default choice for couples who are selecting a proposal ring or buying an anniversary gift. Also, its versatility and ability to complement various styles of settings makes them the “poster child” of diamond jewelry.
Square princess cut diamond ring I purchased from James Allen.
The princess cut diamond might not have won the “war” with the round cuts, but it has definitely won the battle. Princess cut diamonds may not be a top choice when it comes to applications like earrings or necklaces. But, when it comes to engagement rings, it is without a doubt one of the most sought-after shapes after the round cut.
Did you know that the princess cut was created as a simple and elegant engineering solution to improve the yield of a polished diamond back in the 1960s? Not only was it able to make better use of the rough stone, but it also offered consumers an alternative shape with similar brilliance of a round diamond.
Due to its quadrilateral and squarish outline, princess cuts have sharp ends that are more vulnerable and require some extra care. For that reason, you should always opt for a setting that provides adequate protection to the delicate edges.
Inspect and scrutinize diamonds using an interactive video listing at James Allen.
Oval cut diamonds exhibit a similar level of brilliance and fire compared to the round cut. This makes them a popular shape for people who want to stand out from the norm and provide a soft, elegant appearance in a ring setting.
The outline of an oval cut diamond accentuates its face up size and they are moderately priced among the different diamond shapes. Ovals also look very attractive when set in wider looking rings because of their elongated shape.
Due to their shape and faceting structure, most oval shaped diamonds exhibit a bowtie across their belly. If you are searching for a well cut diamond, make sure you pay attention to the degree of bowtie and outline it has.
My wife wearing a cushion cut halo diamond engagement ring I bought.
In the US market, the cushion cut is making waves in the jewelry industry. For some reason, there is a recent surge of interest in this shape and dealers are seeing an increasing demand for them. In my opinion, I speculate that their popularity coincides with the resurgence of vintage-inspired fashion trends.
Among all the different types of shapes, cushion cuts have the largest amount of variations in their cutting style and can be broadly classified as modern or antique based on its faceting structure. Modern cushions tend to exhibit a “crushed ice” appearance while the antique styled cushions exhibit “broad fire” types of scintillation.
Whichever look you prefer, do note that cushions are not made equally and cut quality can differ greatly from one stone to another.
Emerald shaped diamonds have a mesmerizing appearance.
The emerald cut diamond was originally developed for – as the name suggests – emeralds. However, the cutting style was so successful with emeralds that it was soon picked up by diamond cutters. Thanks to appearances in well-known TV shows and engagement rings of celebrities like Kate Hudson, the emerald cut gained significant popularity in recent years.
Unlike the round diamonds, emerald cuts employ a step-cutting process which results in a different scintillation pattern similar to a hall-of-mirrors effect. They also have huge table facets which show off the diamond’s clarity and color. As a result, emerald cut diamonds generally require higher color and clarity ratings to look white and be eyeclean.
While I’ve listed the most popular cuts of diamonds above, there are a few other shapes that are commonly found in the market. If I were to rank the top 10 shapes based on consumer statistics, the 6th to 10th positions would be as follow:
Each of these diamond shapes has its own unique features and appeal. If you are interested to find out more details or shopping tips about any particular shape, you can simply navigate to the corresponding section of Beyond4cs.com using the header menu.
The round cut diamond takes the crown for being the most popular diamond cut because of its superior light performance and versatility in jewelry design. With that said, every woman has their own preferences and tastes.
Just because the round cut is the most popular diamond shape doesn’t mean you have to buy it for your recipient. What matters most is that you choose a shape that best represents her sense of style and select the one that she will love.
Now I’d like to hear from you. Which is the diamond shape you would choose if you were buying an engagement ring? Do leave a comment below to share your thoughts as I would absolutely love to hear what you think.