Diamond Shapes Explained

Nov 1, 2022 | Diamonds, Engagement Rings, Ring Designs

Pear shaped diamond with a halo of diamonds on white gold engagement ring

When choosing a diamond it’s important to consider ‘Four Cs’ of a diamond – colour, clarity and carat and most importantly the cut.

Why? Because it determines how light interacts with the diamond. The diamond cut directly correlates to how light reflects and refracts to create that to-die-for brilliant sparkle and shine we’re all after.

The cut of a diamond specifically refers to not only the shape of the diamond but also the balance of proportion, symmetry and angles. We’re going to walk through the pros and cons of all the different diamond cuts and how to choose the best one for you.

How do different diamond cuts refract light?

As light hits and enters a diamond it bounces around and reflects against the diamond’s many facets and returns the light to your eye. While nature determines the diamond’s clarity, colour and carat, it is the cutting of the stone that reveals a diamond’s brilliance and fire.

The locations, angles, locations, sizes, proportions and shapes of the diamond facets will determine how you see that iconic sparkle.

What’s the difference between the diamond shapes?

The most brilliant, or sparkly, of all the diamond shapes is the Brilliant cut, or more commonly known as a Round cut diamond. Its many triangular and kite shaped facets give light ample opportunities to refract and reflect a stunning sparkle. Round diamonds are also the most popular and versatile diamond shapes.

Any non-Round diamonds are considered a fancy-shaped diamond. Fancy-shaped diamond that give off a similar level of brilliance are:

Step cut diamonds such as Emerald or Asscher have facets that resemble a staircase. Because it has fewer facets, it reflects less light and gives off a different visual impression in comparison to Round cut diamonds. Although less brilliant, these shapes possess their own form of elegance and beauty.

Choosing your perfect diamond

A diamond shape and size may look incredible on one person and not suit another. Knowing what styles suit you best, especially for an engagement ring, can significantly help the decision-making process.

For example, if you have long petite fingers or hands, elongated diamond shapes like an Emerald, Oval, Marquise or pear shapes will look divine. While three stone or halo rings with a Brilliant cut diamond will best suit someone with larger fingers and hands.

Choosing your perfect diamond is important. Lean on our team of experienced gemmologists, designers and jewelers to help you make the right decision. See us at our Sydney showroom for a hands-on experience in designing your ideal ring.

Call us on (02) 9231 3454 or email us on enquiries@maxdiamonds.com.au.

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