You’ve decided she’s The One. Never have two people belonged together as much as the two of you, and the only thing left to do is pop the question. But finding the perfect cut of diamond for your engagement ring isn’t always as obvious as finding your soulmate. With so many options and styles to choose from — and with a major life change riding on it — the cut of your diamond is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about the ring.
Not sure where to begin? Our team at Hamra Jewelers is here to help. Here are the 5 most popular cuts for your engagement ring.
Round Brilliant Cut
Round stones (also known as Brilliant Cut) are the most popular choice for engagement rings and have been a favorite for years. This facets of this cut refract the most light possible, making it one of the most brilliant (no pun intended) looks you can choose for your bride to be. This traditional look is a classic that has truly stood the test of time.
Princess cuts are the second most popular shape of diamond behind the round brilliant cut. This cut is a fairly new shape, as it’s only been around since the 1960s. The facets bear some similarities to a round brilliant cut, but rather than a conical downward face, a princess cut’s downward face resembles a pyramid with four sides.
Princess cuts are usually slightly more affordable than a round brilliant cut because it retains a larger percentage of the rough stone — about 80%, compared to 50% in a round brilliant stone — so it requires less labor to shape.
Oval cut diamonds have been around for years but have started showing up in engagement rings more and more lately. The engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2010 threw oval engagement rings into the spotlight, where they exploded in popularity.
Aside from their royal connection, oval rings also come with a distinct advantage over other cuts: Oval diamonds have a larger surface area than a round stone of the same carat weight, so they often appear larger than they actually are.
The cushion cut first surfaced in the late 1800s and was popular through the 1930s. During the mid-1900s the cut became rarer, but in the last 5 years, its popularity has blossomed once again. In fact, it was the most-purchased cut of all in 2013.
A cushion cut derives its name from its distinct pillow shape that falls somewhere between a round and rectangle stone. It typically has fewer facets than a round brilliant cut, which makes it harder to maintain a perfect white color. This cut is particularly popular for colored diamonds.
The marquis cut is one of the oldest shapes and dates back to the French court in the early 1700s. This is a particularly flattering cut for a solitaire ring like an engagement ring because its long, narrow shape makes the fingers appear longer and more slender. However, marquis cuts can be prone to damage. The finely tapered ends may chip or break if not protected by prongs or endcaps.
Looking for the perfect ring for your perfect girl? Our team of experts at Hamra Jewelers would love to help you find your perfect diamond match. Give us a call at 480-946-5110 to schedule your visit.