Diamond Shapes
ROUND BRILLIANT

ROUND BRILLIANT

This shape of diamond is the most popular and traditional. It consists of 58 facets and has the most brilliance and sparkle than any other shape, due to its incredible and brilliant cut. The round brilliant cut diamond accounts for more than 75% of diamonds sold today.

PRINCESS

PRINCESS

This is the second most popular shape for diamonds. The princess cut can be square or rectangular in shape with 90 degree corners, and generally consists of 77 facets. This cut was developed in the 1960’s. It is perfect for the individual that is looking for maximum brilliance in a square shape.

CUSHION

CUSHION

Cushion cuts are rectangular or square in shape with soft corners, a pillow-like shape, and display larger facets to increase their brilliance.

MARQUISE

MARQUISE

The marquise cut diamond consists of 57 facets and its shape resembles that of a football or classic style boat when viewed from above. The shape is elongated with pointed ends.

HEART

HEART

This romantic shape is essentially the same as the pear shape, but with a cleft in the center top of the stone.

PEAR

PEAR

The pear shape diamond is a variation of the brilliant cut, blending the round and the marquise cuts. Generally consisting of 58 facets, this fancy shape diamond is rounded on one end with a tapering point on the other, like a tear drop.

OVAL

OVAL

The oval cut diamond has a faceting arrangement similar to the round brilliant cut, but is elongated in shape. This cut was invented by Lazare Kaplan in the early 1960’s.

EMERALD

EMERALD

This step cut faceted diamond is rectangular in shape and sometimes can be square with clipped corners. Known for its elongated step facets, it is best described as a “quiet and elegant” sparkle.

RADIANT

RADIANT

The radiant cut is square or rectangular in shape with clipped corners. This is a patented cut with 70 facets and is often confused with the princess cut.

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