Most Popular Diamond Shapes For Engagement Rings
You’ve already found your person. Now it’s time to find the best diamond shape for your engagement ring. Kwiat offers a vast array of meticulously cut diamonds to select from because we feel that a stone should reflect the preference and taste of the wearer. Each woman should embrace her individual style, especially when choosing something she’ll wear every day.
The Standby: Round Brilliant
With a look that is timeless and traditional, the round brilliant is truly the most popular diamond and a great choice for the woman who appreciates classic style. A round brilliant cut diamond maximizes the amount of light that is reflected, giving it incredible sparkle, especially when compared with other cuts. All round diamonds must receive a GIA grade of Excellent but not all Excellent diamonds meet Kwiat’s high standards. Based on more than a century of experience, we’ve defined an even smaller subset of Excellent diamonds that capture the brilliance and beauty of how a diamond should appear. We call this the Kwiat Tiara® Cut.
Old Yet New: Cushion
Cushion shape diamonds have a pillow-like outline and can vary from square to elongated rectangle with rounded corners. This diamond shape appeals to a wide range of personalities, from vintage lovers to fashionistas to traditional brides. The majority of diamonds cut before 1880 were cushion cut, but many modern diamonds are cut in this fashion, too. In fact, the cushion shape’s popularity is on the rise again, perhaps thanks to the Duchess of Sussex. Meghan Markle’s engagement ring featured a stunning cushion center stone flanked by diamond side stones that once belonged to Princess Diana.
Something A Little Different: Oval
When considering the best diamond shape for an engagement ring, don’t overlook the oval. Oval shape diamonds have grown in popularity in recent years, possibly because they usually appear larger than round stones of similar carat size. Also, the oval looks graceful and unique, with a shape that naturally elongates the finger while retaining a classic feel. An oval diamond features as many facets as a round diamond, which means it has the same capacity to sparkle. Women who likes to mix the traditional with the unexpected often favor oval shape diamonds.
Subtle Sophistication: Emerald
A woman who is fond of understated elegance should consider an engagement ring with a diamond shape that’s as refined as her style. Known for its hall-of-mirrors effect and Art Deco aesthetic, emerald cut diamonds are an ideal choice for those with quietly discerning taste. Though the emerald cut diamond’s step-like faceting is less sparkly than that of other shapes, this style is appreciated more for its clarity than its brilliance. The drama of the emerald cut is in the geometric patterns in the heart of the diamond, making it a subtle, sophisticated choice.
The most contemporary of cuts, a radiant cut diamond can range from a square shape like a princess cut diamond, to a rectangular shape like an emerald cut diamond. This exceptionally brilliant cut is faceted for extra sparkle. Radiant cuts suit someone who is on top of the latest trends. This is a great diamond shape for an engagement ring if you’re comfortable basking in the limelight. Radiant diamonds have tremendous brilliance and announce to the world, “Here I am!”
Positively Distinctive: Marquise, Pear & Heart
Whether a diamond shape is popular may not be the right question when it comes to women who like to be different. After all, popularity should be less important than finding a diamond shape that suits your taste. Statement-making silhouettes like marquise cut diamonds, pear shape diamonds, and heart shape diamonds are less often selected for engagement rings but look just as beautiful as their more popular counterparts. These shapes are just right for a strong woman, someone who is confident in her choices and her unique sense of style.
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Unusual & Rare: ASHOKA®
When searching for the best diamond shape for an engagement ring, the trademarked ASHOKA® diamond makes a distinctive and beautiful option. Available exclusively at Kwiat, the ASHOKA® diamond cut is prized for its symmetry and fiery brilliance. Every finished stone of identical weight has the exact same proportions and dimensions due the technical precision of this 62-facet cut. Women with uncompromising taste who value intricate workmanship favor the ASHOKA® diamond cut’s dazzling prismatic effect. This is the ideal shape for someone who loves the rectangular form of the emerald cut but seeks a more sparkling effect.
Contemporary Heirloom: Old European
Ideal for vintage enthusiasts, the Fred Leighton Round® cut diamond is a technically perfected interpretation of an antique Old European cut. The Old European cut, a predecessor of today’s modern round brilliant diamond, was popularized in the 1890s when diamonds were cut by hand. Though desire for Old European stones has grown in recent times, many of these antique diamonds were re-cut in the modern style, and hence are difficult to find today. Women who prefer vintage-inspired looks will gravitate to Fred Leighton Round® cut diamonds because they connect the wearer to history, combining antique charm with contemporary precision.
Does Size Factor In?
While celebrities may be the only ones considering which diamond shape they want for their 20 carat engagement ring, it’s still worth taking diamond size into account. Consider that some shapes, like the Asscher, cushion, and emerald tend to look smaller when compared to diamonds of similar carat weights in shapes such as round, oval, and marquise. Brilliant cut diamonds are better at masking inclusions in the diamond and may be a better choice depending on your budget. Ultimately, the “right” size for a diamond is a personal decision.
What’s Right Is What’s Right for You
Ultimately, there is no single correct answer to the question, “what is the best diamond shape for an engagement ring?” At Kwiat, we believe that the most important determining factor when it comes to selecting the “right” diamond shape is what the wearer will love most.