The shape of a diamond has a lot of influence over the feel of an engagement ring, and for the best aesthetic, the lines of the diamond shape should reflect the engagement ring shape or vice versa.
Round diamonds are the traditional choice for engagement rings and remain the most popular. Next in popularity to the round diamond shape are the cushion and the oval cut diamonds. Historically, the princess diamond ring shape was the second most popular diamond; however, the cushion and oval cut diamonds have taken the lead in the last decade.
The princess cut diamond is a square, and that hard-edged geometric diamond shape lends itself to more modern designs. The best setting for this engagement ring shape is a v-tip prong, which protects the corners and securely holds the stone.
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Each diamond is unique in its measurements: a round diamond might measure 6.5 x 6.55 mm, so while it appears round, it is very slightly off. The more "off round" it becomes, the lower the value. A square diamond might have a ratio of 1.1, which means that one side is 1.1 times the length of the other side, such as a stone that measures 6.5mm x 7.15mm.
The closer a princess, radiant, or Asscher diamond is to a perfect "square," the greater the value. A princess, cushion, and radiant cut diamond can also be "off square" or rectangular. This may work within certain design constraints and be more conservatively priced. A radiant cut diamond is very similar to the princess, but it has cut corners. This makes it more versatile for design purposes, as there is a natural place for the prongs, and it also reduces the chance of chipping on the corners for wedding ring shapes.
Other elongated diamonds like pears and marquise can be long and skinny or shorter and wider. The ratio changes the look of the stone!
If you are thinking of setting a princess cut, cushion cut, radiant, or Asscher cut diamond on an angle, also called "kite-set," it is important to have a nearly perfect square, as when it is on a diagonal, the off square cut is very noticeable in an engagement ring shape.
The shape of a diamond may also influence the shape of the wedding band. A wide oval or rectangular cushion may require the wedding band to curve, or contour, around the engagement ring.
When selecting the perfect diamond ring shape for your engagement or wedding, understanding the nuances of each shape can greatly influence your decision. The round diamond remains a timeless choice, but other shapes like the princess, cushion, and radiant offer unique aesthetics and sparkles. The choice of diamond shape not only reflects your personal style but can also enhance the overall appearance of the ring. Whether you prefer the classic round or the geometric appeal of the princess, every diamond shape has a story to tell.
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