Whether you want an especially trendy engagement ring or you prefer something traditional and timeless, knowing how in-demand your desired diamond shape and style is can help you weigh your options. Here are five of the most popular diamond shapes currently trending.
The Most Popular
Round-shaped diamond engagement rings are still the most popular. Modern-day round-cut diamonds have 58 facets and offer the most sparkle out of all shapes. The round edges maximize light return, making these iconic stunners the best bet for utmost brilliance. Traditional brides canâ€™t go wrong with one of these. Round-shaped diamonds are also a popular choice for diamond wedding bands.
Princess-cut stones are ideal for those wanting a romantic engagement ring with a slightly modern edge. The square shapeâ€™s clean edges help differentiate from cushion diamondsâ€™ rounded corners. This diamond shape is suitable for hopeless romantics and fun-loving brides.
The Pillow-Cut One
Dubbed the pillow-cut thanks to its square-ish shape with rounded corners, the cushion cut offers a feminine shape with a vintage feel. Blending a modern round diamond with an â€œold mineâ€ facet pattern (referring to the diamonds found as far back as the 1700s as opposed to those found today in â€œnew minesâ€) a cushion cut shape is another timeless option. Plus, it wonâ€™t snag as easily as a princess cut, thanks its smooth corners. For maximum sparkle, experts recommend a length to width ratio no greater than 1 to 1.05.
Oval shaped stones are a fun variation on the iconic, timeless round-cut diamond. Theyâ€™re a great option if you like the classic lines of the round diamond but want something a tad more daring and individualistic flair. They can also be made decidedly modern or vintage depending on the setting and band. Plus, oval-cut diamonds tend to appear larger than the same carat sized round-shaped diamond, meaning you can achieve the look of a larger stone at a lower price point (score!). If youâ€™re wanting something extra unique, consider having one custom designed just or you.
The Vintage One
Emerald-cut gemstones date back to the 1500s—the â€œtable cutâ€ was suitable for softer gemstones like emeralds that were susceptible to fracturing. The cut became especially popular for diamond cutting during the 1920s, when it became the go-to Art Deco look thanks to its clean lines and sharp geometric shape. Today, emerald-cut diamonds make dramatic center stones, extra exquisite side stones, and even accents on unique wedding bands. Bold and dramatic, emerald-shaped diamonds are decadently modern while retaining their vintage charms.
Explore More Diamonds Shapes at Medawar Jewelers
When youâ€™re ready to try some engagement rings on or want to learn more about the above, stop into one of our jewelry store locations. We carry top luxury designers and our teams are knowledgeable about the differences and pros and cons among various diamond shapes.