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Shape vs Cut

Shape vs. CuT – Advice from a Ritani gemologist

"SHAPE refers to the form a diamond takes when viewed from the top down. Cut is a measure of the symmetry and proportion of the diamond, which affects its sparkle. They refer to two very different aspects of a diamond, although many people use the terms interchangeably. "

Engagement rings in all shapes and sizes

While round diamond engagement rings are consistently the most popular, it is important to consider her particular tastes. Other shapes with brilliant facet patterns include the princess, oval, pear and radiant cuts.

Asscher and Emerald shapes, on the other hand, are cut with step facets. This means that they emphasize a diamond’s clarity, with stylish cropped corners.

Engagement rings are available with a range of diamond sizes, to suit every budget. Many people will choose diamonds around the 1 carat range, yet the quality of a diamond is determined by a variety of factors. A well-cut diamond will sparkle beautifully, regardless of its size. Certain engagement ring styles, such as a halo setting, will also allow a diamond to appear bigger.

Round Cut
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Round Cut Engagement Rings

Truly timeless, the round cut engagement ring style is the most popular by a wide margin. It is easy to see why; the brilliant facet pattern is designed to produce maximum sparkle, while the smooth curves form an iconic silhouette. The round shape is the first of the modern diamond cuts, gaining popularity from the 1920s onwards.


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Princess Cut
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Princess Cut Engagement Rings

A blend of classic brilliance and contemporary angles, the princess cut is a very popular choice for engagement rings. Developed in the 1980s, its square appearance appeals to those who like a distinctive, yet still sparkling, look. Princess cut diamonds suit a variety of ring styles, from a solitaire to a vintage halo.


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Emerald Cut
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Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

With its large table and distinctive step cut pavilion, the emerald shape is inspired by its namesake gemstone. Cut with fewer facets than round and princess cut diamonds, the emerald cut emphasizes a diamond’s clarity. Their length flatters the finger, while the shape is suitable for a variety of classic, modern, and unique ring styles.


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Asscher Cut
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Asscher Cut Engagement Rings

Asscher cut engagement rings are recognized for the X visible in the diamonds’ tables. Asscher cut engagement rings range from square to more rectangular diamond shapes, so consider length to width ratio as you browse. Asscher cuts are designed to maximize clarity. Solitaire settings, therefore, are popular - as they showcase their beauty with simple elegance.


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Cushion Cut
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Cushion Cut Engagement Rings

A stunning hybrid of antique cuts, the cushion cut diamond is an increasingly popular choice for engagement rings. Their soft and romantic appearance attracts those who are looking for a ring with a distinctively vintage feel. Cushion cut diamonds are popular choices for halo engagement rings, combining beautiful sparkle with old world charm.


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Oval Cut
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Oval Cut Engagement Rings

A flattering choice for engagement rings, the oval cut brings a distinctive brilliance. With a similar facet pattern to the popular round cut, oval shaped diamonds combine desirable sparkle with a more unique silhouette. While the oval cut was developed relatively recently — in the early 1960s — it often has a vintage appeal. A pavé halo setting can enhance this style.


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Marquise Cut
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Marquise Cut Engagement Rings

A rare and majestic style, the marquise cut flatters the ring finger and sparkles brilliantly. With a facet pattern designed to reflect lots of light, its elongated shape gives a higher size per carat weight than any other diamond shape. This makes a marquise cut engagement ring a wise choice for those wanting a diamond that appears larger than it actually is. They look stunning set in a vintage halo.


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Radiant Cut
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Radiant Cut Engagement Rings

A radiant cut diamond is a harmonious blend of round and emerald patterns. A brilliant facet pattern delivers sparkle, while a rectangular – or square – shape ensures that your engagement ring will be distinctive. Radiant cut diamonds look their most stunning when set in a pave band. This brings even more sparkle to your dream engagement ring.


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Pear Shaped
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Pear Shaped Engagement Rings

A unique and romantic design, the pear shaped diamond combines elegant curves with eye-catching angles. A brilliant 58-facet pattern ensures sparkle, while its length makes it a flattering choice for an engagement ring. Whether you prefer a solitaire or a halo setting, a pear shaped engagement ring is a stylish and special choice.


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Engagement Rings

Heart-Shaped Engagement Rings

Iconic, romantic, and shaped for brilliance, heart-shaped diamond engagement rings are an on-trend way to celebrate your love. Revered for centuries yet coming to prominence in recent decades, the heart-shaped diamond has a brilliant facet pattern and a stunningly symmetrical silhouette. Whether set in a solitaire, halo or classic engagement ring design, these heart-shaped styles are sure to leave her speechless.


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