Which Diamond Cut Suits You?

Whether you’re window shopping for your dream ring, looking for suggestions to give your fiancé, or investing in a ring upgrade, you might be thinking about which diamond cut is for you. Each cut has something to offer: a distinct shape, elegance, and style. To help you narrow down what suits you, we go over the different diamond cuts below.

Round Brilliant Cut

The most popular of all diamond cuts is the round brilliant cut, but it is also one of the most expensive kind of cuts. A round cut is so “brilliant” because it has the highest number of facets of any other diamond (58). Something to know about this particular cut: It requires more removal of rough diamond material, creating more waste – and you still pay for that material.

Princess Cut

A princess-cut diamond is shaped like a square or rectangular with modern appeal, plus several facets that allow for extraordinary sparkle. Further, a princess cut typically costs less than its counterpart, the round brilliant cut, with the same carat weight.

Cushion Cut

Cushion-cut diamonds are square-shaped like princess-cut diamonds but instead have rounded edges. The cushion cut has a vintage appeal but can also look modern. It is a cut that is incredibly sparkly, not likely to chip, and is overall a great middle-ground between a round brilliant cut and a princess cut.

Emerald Cut

A diamond that likely won’t kill your budget but still exude elegance is an emerald cut, which features a broad surface area that often gives it the illusion that it is bigger than it actually is. When considering an emerald-cut ring, be aware that this style is best suited for someone who values “openness” over sparkle.

Marquise Cut

Another cut that has a large surface area is the marquise cut (it is actually the most extended diamond cut). However, unlike the emerald cut, a marquise cut has many more facets than the emerald cut. It has a regal appeal because of its rounded sides and pointed edges.

Oval Cut

If you desire optimum brilliance but want to create less waste than the round brilliant cut, the oval cut is for you. Its elongated shape has sharp, sparkly facets and can maximize carat weight.

Pear Cut

The pear-cut or teardrop diamond is a blend between an oval cut and a marquise. It has a lot of sparkle and, much like the emerald cut, gives the impression that it is larger than it actually is. The pointed end can be vulnerable to chipping, but that’s why a lot of pear-cut diamonds are protected with a bezel or a half-V setting.

Which diamond cut is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!


  1. I didn’t know the difference and I love to learn about jewelry. I use to have alot of it but unfortunately , for financial reasons , I have lost most of my collection. Thank you for this lesson

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