Selecting Your Diamond Shape

Diamonds come in various shapes. But most people are at a loss to decide which cut to buy. There are several shapes that cater to individual tastes.

So you have decided to get engaged and the time has come to start thinking about an engagement ring.

But where do you start?

Getting acquainted with the diamond shape, or cut, is the best way to begin. Different settings, including free rings jewelry design, match different shapes. There are a plethora of choices. While each diamond “sparkles” in its own way, do you know that each cut can forge a different impression?

A diamond can look bigger than its actual shape because of the cut. How it looks, is affected by how the diamond is presented. Do you want a fancy cut on your free rings jewelry designs, or do you prefer the more traditional stuff?

Let’s cast a glance on popular cuts.


This is also known as the classic cut. Round diamonds are the most popular engagement and free rings jewelry designs in circulation. The depth of the classic cut round diamond ranges between 58 to 63 percent, and table should be between 55 to 64 percent. Connoisseurs, however, would look for a depth between 59 to 62 percent and a table between 56 to 58 percent.


The princess cut is one of the most brilliant styles with uncut and sharp corners. Such diamonds are usually cut as a square, rather than a rectangle. Brilliant style means pavilion facets and the vertical directional crown instead of the step-styled horizontal facet. The princess shaped diamond usually has 76 facets that lend more fire and brilliance than its circular peers. The princess cut has fast emerged as a popular shape for free rings jewelry designs.


The radiant cut is a straight-edged square or rectangular stone with cut corners. This shape has 62 to 70 facets. The shape is mainly used as a center stone mainly in free rings jewelry designs and pendants. The cut is rarely used as a side stone or in earrings as it is difficult to match and calibrate with other shapes. Landing a matching pair requires sorting through hundreds of shapes.


The emerald cut is mostly rectangular. The flat plane on the outside edge match the side-stone diamond shapes. A typical pairing will be two to three side baguette shapes, two half-moons and other smaller emeralds. Over a trillion shapes and you won’t find a pair that fits well. The sparkle of the emerald cut makes the centerpiece look flat. The perfect length-width ratio is 1.5:1.0 to 1.75:1.0.


The oval cut is based on the traditional round and brilliant shape. The optimal length-width ratio is 1.5:1.0. This shape is universally accepted and pleasing to the eye. But it’s more on the fancier side and like all similar cuts, individual taste is often factored in to determine the desirability of the oval diamond. Such a cut typically has 56 facets. Oval diamonds have become particularly popular in the last several years and are being used in free rings jewelry designs.

The choice of the diamond cut will vary according to individual taste. Make sure you choose them wisely to last for a lifetime.