The difference between engagement ring cuts
April 6, 2023 • 4 min read
Are you new to the world of engagement rings? If you are about to start your journey to finding the right engagement ring, you must understand that a wide array of diamond cuts is available on the market.
With plenty of diamond engagement rings out there, the difference between so many design options can get confusing. While many offer a different look, there are still a lot of similarities in appearance that can puzzle the untrained eye. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the differences between each diamond cut so you can choose the right shape for yourself or your partner.
To understand the different diamond cuts, read our guide below.
True to its name, the round cut is precisely that – a round shape diamond. It has 58 facets, giving it a jaw-dropping brilliance that delivers a dazzling sparkle. It is the most popular shape and is one of the simplest yet classic cuts.
An elongated version of the round cut, the oval cut features a longer figure with rounded ends. Possessing a similar brilliance and durability, this cut is also increasingly popular.
A square take on the round diamond, the princess cut has a boxy figure. The square-shaped diamond is made up of share edges and 90-degree corners that provide a stunning sparkle.
Just like the princess cut, the cushion cut diamond has a square-like figure. However, rather than sharp edges, it has rounded edges, resembling the formation of a cushion. A hybrid of the round and princess cut, the cushion cut’s round edges provide a softer silhouette with an equally breathtaking sparkle.
Sharing a similar length to the oval shape, the marquise cut is extraordinarily unique. Instead of being round, it has sharp ends resembling a football figure or an eye. It is also one of the slimmest cuts available. Sharing a similar brilliance to the oval and round, it offers a beautiful sparkle.
A combination of marquise and round diamonds, the pear cut, also known as the teardrop, is a distinctive fancy cut. It has a pointed top and curved bottom that shows the figure of a water droplet or pear.
The emerald cut has a rectangular shape and it is made up of parallel facets with long step-like straight cuts that create its figure. Conveying a hall of mirrors, this elongating cut is incredibly glamorous.
The radiant cut is a spectacular combination of the round and emerald cut. It takes the brilliance of a round diamond in a rectangular shape. Often confused for the emerald cut, the radiant cut doesn’t have any step cuts; instead, it has 70 facets, delivering a breathtaking sparkle.
One of the oldest diamonds available, the Asscher cut is a cross between the emerald and princess cut. It has step cut facets in a square shape with rounded corners. It provides the same hall of mirror effect as the emerald but has a more prominent sparkle.
True to its name, the heart cut resembles the shape of a heart. The symbol of love, this diamond cut figure is symmetrical, allowing it to convey its heart figure.
Our quick guide to diamond shapes is just scratching the surface. Discover the individual beauty and appeal of these cuts and how they’d look best on an engagement ring. Visit our diamond education guide to learn more.
Do you have any questions about the different diamond cuts? With three jewellery stores spread across Sydney, Midas Jewellery is here to assist you in your engagement ring search. We invite you to speak to our professionals in-store.
We offer a customisation service for a custom design with any diamond cut you desire. Book an appointment at your most convenient boutique with our master jeweller.
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