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Diamond Shapes

Round brilliant cut: One of the most popular cuts for an engagement ring, the round cut is also a classic diamond shape. A round stone with 58 facets, it has the most sparkle.
Round brilliant cut with tapered baguettes, split prongs on the center stone
Center round brilliant cut diamond with six-prong setting, channel set round brilliant cut diamonds in the shank
Round brilliant cut diamond with pear-shaped side stones
Round brilliant cut diamond with bead set round diamonds surrounding the center stone and set in the shank
Cushion cut: The cushion cut is one of the oldest diamond shapes. In a sense the cushion cut was a step in the evolution toward the round cut. The cushion cut is a cross between a rectangle and an oval; it has a pillow shape, and it is also called an “antique cut”. The cushion cut diamonds can vary significantly in size and dimensions. They all have rounded edges, but some are square, some are slightly rectangular, and some are rectangular with very elongated sides.The first two shown here are modern cushion cuts and the third is an antique cushion.
Tiffany Legacy cushion engagement ring with bead set round diamonds surrounding the center stone and set in the shank
Tiffany Novo engagment ring with micro-pave diamonds in the shank
Antique cushion shaped diamond with tapered baguettes
Emerald cut: An emerald cut (originally developed for the gem of the same name) is rectangular with cropped corners (like the Asscher cut) and long, stair-step-like facets. The name comes from the fact that this type of cut is the most common cut for emeralds.
Harry Winston emerald cut diamond ring with shield shaped side stones and split prongs
Tiffany emerald cut with tapered baguettes
Tiffany emerald cut three-stone ring
Asscher cut: The Asscher cut is named for the cutters who developed it, the Asscher brothers of Holland. Asscher cut diamonds have a square shape with truncated corners. The corners are cropped in order to strengthen the diamond. An Asscher is similar to an emerald cut, but square, so it looks octagonal. The Asscher cut is historically one of the less common diamond shapes, but it has increased in popularity in recent years. It is extremely rare for a larger diamond to be given an Asscher cut.
Asscher cut diamond with micro-pavedetail on the shank
Assher cut diamond with trapezoid shaped side stones
Oval cut: Of all fancy cuts, the oval cut has the most in common with the brilliant round, both in terms of general appearance and technical properties. Oval cut diamonds can also differ from one to the next in their length-to-width ratio, some having a more “plump” appearance, while others appear longer and thinner.
Oval three-stone ring
Radiant cut: Radiant cut diamonds are another square cut, with the corners cropped to a somewhat greater extent than they are on emerald or Asscher cuts. Radiant cuts also have a distinctive geometric facet pattern, with a diagonal cross pattern often visible in the center and they are popular for fancy colored diamonds like the yellow diamond shown below. Radiant cuts can range from square to slightly rectangular. Generally, the closer a radiant cut is to a perfect square, the better it will look.
Radiant cut diamond with bullet shaped baguettes
Radiant cut fancy yellow diamond with vertical baguettes
Princess cut: The princess cut has a very distinctive shape, with a base that is usually square and rounded, slightly protruding corners. The facets of a princess cut are arranged in such a way that the face of the diamond is divided into four triangular sides. Its popularity is largely due to the fact that it tends to reflect light better and provide a more brilliant overall appearance than other square cuts.
Princess cut prong set solitaire
Heart cut: A heart-shaped diamond resembles its name, so the diamond is in the shape of a literal heart. Heart shapes need to be very intricate in order to achieve the best visual results. As such, its recommended that you purchase a diamond of this shape only if it has a very high “cut” rating.
Heart shaped diamond with tapered baguettes
Pear cut: The pear cut, also known occasionally as the teardrop cut, features one rounded end and one end with more of a point. An added bonus to the pear shape is that if you wear it with the point facing away from your body, it makes your finger look long and slender.
Pear shaped diamond with tapered baguettes
Marquise cut: An oval with pointed ends, cut to maximize the stone's carat weight. A marquise cut diamond can be set vertically or horizontally for completely different looks.
Marquise cut solitaire
Horizontally set marquise cut diamond with bead set diamonds surrounding