There is no “right” answer to this question. We are here to provide you with diamond education on all of the diamond shapes to help you determine the right answer for you. It’s easy to confuse “cut” with shape, but they are different. A diamond’s shape refers to the general outward appearance of a diamond (i.e. round brilliant, oval shape, pear shape, etc.), while the cut refers to its outline and brilliance.
Round brilliant diamonds are the only diamonds that earn a cut grade. If she’s looking for a “really sparkly” diamond, round brilliant is the ideal shape for her. A round brilliant cut diamond is the only shape that we have determined—in gemology—has ideal proportions to optimize light performance. We have created a consistent scale of measurements and proportions that produce a pleasing pattern and brilliant scintillation (or sparkle).
Oval shape, cushion cut, marquise cut, princess cut, emerald cut, and more are considered “Fancy” shape diamonds. Fancy shapes are cut for unique artistic outline, and preference can vary. They can have varying measurements and do not earn a cut grade. For example, oval shape diamonds can be long and lean or wider and more robust. One is not more correct than other.
The key takeaway is that beautiful diamonds come in all shapes and sizes. Choosing one is a matter of personal taste. Here are a few things to think about:
What is her personality? Is she more traditional or more contemporary? Is she fashion-forward or does she prefer a timeless classic? These are a few questions we will walk you through during your diamond presentation.