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Guide To The Most Popular Diamond Cuts For Engagement Rings

Posted on: 05/07/2019

Looking for the perfect engagement ring can be hard. From the type of precious metal to the ring size, there’s a lot of points to consider. When choosing an engagement ring, one of the first things you’ll realise is how important the diamond is. You'll soon begin to understand that the diamond you choose for your loved one is extremely important. Above all the diamond should reflect the recipients' style, personal taste and personality, so choosing the perfect diamond is a task that should not be taken lightly.  

If you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring to propose to your partner with then there’s no need to get stressed or feel overwhelmed. Although there are lots of things to consider, here at F.Hinds we have plenty of experience under our belt and we’re on hand to help you find that dream diamond in every way possible. We’ve been selling diamonds for over 160 years so we really know what we’re doing. Our staff are highly trained to give the best engagement ring advice in-store, via email or over the phone.

When searching for that perfect diamond one of the first factors you should consider is the stone and the stones cut. Most people choose the traditional and forever-loved diamond as the engagement ring stone, but there are really no rules. Some choose beautiful gemstones or their partner’s birthstone. Its all down to personal preference.

Thinking of the stone’s cut, most people assume the stone is always round. There’s a good reason for this because 70% of diamonds purchased today are round. The other 30% is made up of a range of different stone cuts. Today, we’re going to go through the most popular diamond or stone cuts and explain each one thoroughly so we can help you make your decision. Keep reading to discover the perfect diamond or stone cut…


Round Brilliant Cut Diamond

As we mentioned above, the round brilliant cut diamond is the most popular diamond of all time making up 70% of all the diamonds purchased today. Why is it so popular, you ask? The answer is simple - the round stones 58 facets are geometrically placed in a way that optimizes the diamonds sparkle and fire. The round brilliant cut was adapted in the early 1900s by a very clever mathematician, who managed to create a symmetrical, classic and timeless stone.

Princess Cut Diamond

As the second most popular diamond sold today, the princess cut diamond is modern, square in shape and has around 56-76 facets. Just like with a round brilliant diamond the facets are arranged thoughtfully to allow an excellent dispersion of light. The princess cut diamond was first introduced in the United States in 1980, so it’s a fairly new cut compared to the round brilliant. The most desirable princess cut diamonds are perfectly square with four distinct 90-degree corners that are pleasing to the eye. If your loved one adores modern jewellery then the princess cut diamond could be the ideal choice. Pair this with a high-quality white gold or platinum band and you’re good to go!

Emerald Cut Diamond

The emerald cut diamond is another very popular stone cut that looks stunning when worn with other art-deco jewellery pieces. This intricate stone has 57 carefully placed facets that are designed to allow as much light through as possible. Due to the rectangular shape and the trimmed corners the emerald cut diamond has a lot of character. When you look at the stone from above you can see that the cuts look like mini stair steps. Since the emerald cut diamond is rectangular the facets are wide and flat. Because of this, we recommend you choose a stone with a higher clarity as you’ll be able to see through the stone clearly, spotting more inclusions. The long, elegant rectangles make fingers look slender so this vintage-style stone is recommended for people with smaller hands.

Pear Cut Diamond

The pear cut diamond has a rich history. Containing 58 facets, it was created by Lodewyk van Berquem, a famous diamond cutter from Belgium who was inspired by this juicy fruit. Like the emerald cut, the pear cut is also elongated so it suits the finger beautifully. Some may refer to the pear cut diamond as a ‘teardrop’ and we can see why! The cutter must take great care when creating a pear cut diamond. This is because pear cut diamonds must have a beautifully rounded bottom and a perfect point on the top. It’s essential that the pointed top lines up with the apex of the rounded arc for perfect symmetry. If the recipient prefers an unusual style then the pear cut diamond could be the ideal choice. The attentively placed facets maximise the brilliance and really make it shine.

Oval Cut Diamond

The oval cut diamond is yet another poplar diamond cut that graces the finger. Due to this curved stone’s oblong shape, the oval cut diamond creates the illusion of a greater carat weight when compared to other stones. This is because the stone covers a larger surface area. This elongated cut is very much like a round brilliant cut diamond, the facets are optimized to produce the most light possible, its just stretched out rather than perfectly round. If your recipient wants to keep as much sparkle as possible but go for something more unique and contemporary then the oval cut diamond could be a strong contender.  

Marquise Cut Diamond

The marquise cut diamond is probably the most dramatic stone cut diamond of all and we’ve seen the marquise rise in popularity recently. With a precise point at each end, the owner of a marquise cut diamond will never fail to make a statement. Out of all the cuts available, the marquise diamond has the largest surface area due to its stretched design. The marquise is another stone that looks beautiful on any finger. Also known as the ‘navette,’ meaning little ship, the marquise has 58 carefully placed facets.

Baguette Cut Diamond

Thin and tall, baguette cut diamonds are more commonly used for engagement rings that have multiple stones because they complement other cut stones well. With a very low number of facets – only 14! – the baguette cut diamond is easier to cut compared to more complex stones like the round brilliant or marquise. We highly recommend you look at baguette cut diamonds if you want to choose a cluster or trilogy ring to propose with. 

Cushion Cut Diamond

The cushion cut diamond stays true to its name due to it being shaped like a cushion – with the rounded corners and sides making it look so. Some may call the cushion cut diamond the pillow, but they’re essentially the same thing. Although the curved sides may hint towards a contemporary style, the cushion cut diamond is actually older than some may think as it was created in the early 1800s. The cushion cut diamond is a fresh take on a vintage look and has 58 facets. The sparkle you get from a cushion cut diamond is rather unique, boasting broad strikes of light rather than all over like the ever-popular brilliant cut diamond. The cushion cut diamond is very practical because it works with most setting types. If the recipient is looking for sparkle with an edge, then a cushion cut diamond could be their favourite. 

Radiant Cut Diamond

The contemporary radiant cut diamond takes its inspiration from other stone cuts. It has the squareness of the princess cut, the corners of the emerald cut and doesn’t stray too far from the cushion cut diamond either. What makes the radiant cut diamond so unique is the combination and the dispersion of light that it boasts. Invented in the 1970s, radiant cut diamonds are usually cut with a deeper profile than other gems so that they receive more sparkle and light. If your loved-one likes modern stones and would love one stone to take center stage on their ring then the radiant cut diamond could be ideal.

Trillion Cut Diamond

The triangle-inspired trillion cut diamond has equilateral sides. Due to the complex shape of the trillion diamond it tends to look better when it takes center stage on a ring. The strong geometry allows a trillion-cut diamond to sparkle in a bright and characteristic way, featuring anything from 31 – 51 facets. 

Heart Cut Diamond

The distinct heart cut diamond is hard to forget. We all know how important the heart symbol is, so giving someone a jewellery piece with a heart cut diamond embedded in it is the ultimate way to show someone how much you love them. Although the heart cut stone is more commonly used in jewellery, the heart cut stone symbolises the love between a couple so they make wonderful special occasion or birthday gifts. As the most romantic cut, the heart cut diamond is very complex and great dexterity is needed from the cutter to achieve the beautiful heart. For this reason heart cut diamonds can be harder to find. 

Asscher Cut Diamond

The asscher cut diamond is a square stone with diagonal corners… kind of like a combination of an emerald cut stone and a princess cut stone. The asscher is known for its special high crowns and rare sparkle. Featuring 58 facets, the asscher cut’s deep facets really enhance the stones brilliance. 

So there you have it, our round up of the most popular stone cuts for diamond engagement rings. We hope you learned a lot from our guide, and we understand that there are other things you may need help with too with choosing an engagement ring. That’s why our sales staff in store, via email or phone (01895 201040 - option 2) are always here to help.

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