Engagement rings cheat sheet: quick guide on diamond shapes

The quest to find a perfect engagement ring is exciting yet overwhelming, as there are plenty of things to take consideration of. When it comes to determining a ring`s quality, there are 4 diamond indicators: colour, clarity, carat weight, and cut, they are also known as 4Cs.  

The cut is the only diamond component not influenced by nature, it`s man-made. And it’s considered to be one of the most important of 4Cs. Understandingly so, as a diamond’s cut determines how much light the stone reflects.  

In order to receive that mesmerizing ability to spark intensely and reflect light, a diamond should be well-cut. The diamond’s ability to return light to the eye is called brilliance and measured solely by the stone’s cut. The cut also defines what the shape of a rough diamond will be. And shape, in her turn, describes the geometric appearance of a diamond. So, don`t be confused – as diamond shapes are often alternately referred to as cuts. In this blog post, we’ll walk through 10 diamond shapes to make sure you’re well-armed before ring hunting.

Round diamonds are traditionally the first and most popular diamond that’s given as a symbol of love and commitment. They have been in style for centuries. The round diamond is an elegant, classic choice that could be handed down for generations. It also gives an amazing sparkle.


The cushion cut diamond once referred to as an old mine cut. It has a square cut with rounded corners, much like a pillow (nod to the name). Cushion diamond gives a warm, antique feel. Until the early 20th century, the cushion cut diamond was the most popular diamond shape. It also has a universally flattering shape, which makes it a timeless choice.


When aligned with the finger, an oval shape has an attractive lengthening effect. And since the oval diamond has a larger surface, it will actually appear bigger than a round, which they often are compared to. Also, an oval cut can cost at least 25% less than a round cut of the same weight. But there’s a downside – oval shapes just can`t reflect light properly as round ones do.


Princess cut diamonds are uniquely shaped and have a great deal of sparkle. The princess cut is typically square, although it can have a slightly rectangular outline. It’s more likely to find that square princess diamonds are more affordable than round brilliant diamonds. Princess cut simply wastes less of the rough diamond. And it’s a perfect choice for a stylish and edge bride.


This popular style is best known for its beauty & precision. Emerald cuts are significantly cheaper than round diamonds yet provide a bold and strong look. The Emerald Cut Diamond provides abundant reflections with both white and coloured light. So, if you want to step aside from traditional form, but want to keep it timeless, emerald is a great choice.


Marquise cut should be considered as a choice if you are looking for a stone that is elongated. It also feels harmonious on a tender, piano-player hand with long fingers. It’s quite an extraordinary cut, and the marquise cut tends to look slightly larger than differently cut diamonds of the same carat weight.


A relatively new diamond shape, the radiant cut was designed by Henry Grossbard in the late 1970s. The radiant cut is one of the most brilliant diamond shapes available today. It combines the best elements of the emerald and round brilliant cuts. They’re one of the most affordable cuts of a
diamond because the cutting process uses a larger percentage of the original diamond rough. But be aware –  big pointy corners snag on everything and tend to chip easily.


Asscher is also a relatively new cut, first introduced in 1902. It was created by the Asscher Brothers of Holland’s Asscher Diamond Company. This cut is the embodiment of art deco,  with its graphic lines and geometric forms. Major “Great Gatsby” vibe! Unfortunately, there are not very many Asscher cut diamonds on the market. and most are poorly cut. So, it’s better to try your luck in vintage jewellery stores.


The pear diamond is also known as the teardrop or pendeloque cut. Pear-shaped diamonds, when cut properly, can be nearly as eye-catching as the traditional round-shaped diamonds. It’s a style to stand out and to mix a traditional look with a modern Appeal. It will look stunning when set into a band with other smaller diamonds.


A heart-shaped diamond is a form of modified-brilliant cut. Unique and instantly recognizable, heart-shaped diamond is offering better value for money than a similarly sized round diamond. In the 15th century, heart cut diamonds were gifted by royalty as a sign of friendship. Even Mary Queen of Scots once sent a heart-shaped diamond ring to Queen Elizabeth. Who doesn’t want to feel like royalty? But be aware – this shape is quite vulnerable to chipping if not treated right.  


Overall, no matter what trends claim, the best shape is one that you personally fancy more. When chosen right, the engagement ring will bring enjoyment for many years ahead and be a reminder of a very special and tender occasion <3