Choosing a Ring

Diamond Shapes

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When you consider a diamond, the first image that probably comes to mind is a round sparkly gem. However, if your tastes are less traditional, you can also choose from a wide selection of other striking diamond shapes. These are collectively known as fancy cuts. Although jewelry designers frequently experiment with new cuts, you can usually find these shapes:

Round Diamond Round – The full-cut round diamond represents the highest advances in diamond cutting, maximizing fire and brilliance. When in doubt, the round is always a smart choice.
Oval Diamond Oval – The oval is an elliptical shape that is based on the brilliant cut. Because it creates the illusion of length, it is a popular style for a woman with a small hand or short fingers.
Marquise Diamond Marquise – A variation on the brilliant cut, the marquise is an elongated shape with pointed ends. Its shape is flattering to the small hand, making it appear longer.
Pear Diamond Pear – The teardrop-shaped pear makes a beautiful ring. Its cut is a cross between a brilliant and marquise, and is also well-suited to the woman with a petite hand or short fingers.
Heart Diamond Heart – The heart-shaped diamond is the most romantic of diamond shapes. It is like a pear shape, but with a cleft at the top. The cutter’s skill comes into play in creating a gemstone with an even shape and a well-defined outline.
Emerald Diamond Emerald – The emerald shape is a rectangle with corner facets and broad, flat planes. It is given a step cut creating rows or steps of elongated facets. When selecting an emerald-cut diamond, good clarity and color are essential – in fact, you will rarely see one in lower grades. That is because inclusions and body color are much more obvious in this shape.
Princess Diamond Princess – Square-shaped with many sparkling facets, the princess cut is one of the newest choices for the diamond engagement ring. It especially enhances the hand with long, elegant fingers.
Radiant Diamond Radiant – The radiant shape is similar to an emerald cut, but with a facet arrangement that gives it brilliance comparable to that of a round diamond. Radiant cuts have angled corners and can range from square to rectangle.
Cushion Diamond Cushion – A marriage between a Round and Princess cut, ranging from square to rectangular with rounded corners.
Asscher Diamond Asscher – Often referred to as the “square emerald cut”, the Asscher-cut diamond was developed in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland. It is a “stepped” square cut with cropped corners and is a wonderful choice for the fashion-forward woman desiring a dramatic engagement ring. These diamonds are available on special request at Shane Co.

Baguette (side or accent stones
) – Baguettes are smaller, rectangular-shaped stones with only a few steps. Baguettes most closely resemble an emerald cut in a much smaller scale.They come in straight and tapered shapes and make attractive accent (side) stones.


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