Finding the most affordable, yet the most beautiful, engagement ring is a challenge. Swept up in love and excitement, couples often miss one crucial detail: the shape of the diamond. See, not every shape will fit every finger the same. When purchasing an engagement ring, find out first if the bride has a diamond shape preference. If there is no preference, then you have to consider how the shape of the diamond you’re considering purchasing will fit the hand. You probably never realized that some diamond cuts look better on certain finger types. Simply put, shopping for engagement rings is a challenge!
Sometimes you can pick the right shape simply by knowing what your future bride loves. Some brides prefer traditional engagement rings, while others are drawn to luxurious, uniquely crafted die-struck rings. Other times, you have to look at the style of the ring and yes, even the price, as some shapes can make the diamond appear larger. To help you in your search, here are the five most popular diamond ring cuts for engagement rings to keep in mind when you’re shopping.
When you hear the fact that round diamonds make up for nearly 75% of all diamond sales around the world, you won’t be surprised by the fact that this shape tops many most popular diamond lists. The round cut helps the diamond shine brighter than any other shape. This is due to the optimal use of light reflection this cut provides. Needles to stand, a round cut will make any engagement ring stand out in the crowd. However, a lot of the natural diamond is lost when it is cut this way, and round cut diamonds are more expensive than some of the other cuts in this list.
The princess cut diamond is another widely popular choice. These diamonds first hit the market in the 80s and are considered stylish by many. The base of the cut is square, but these diamonds still reflect the light differently compared to other diamond cuts. The cut also makes the diamond look very different to traditional cuts. This cut also fits any ring setting, making them the second most popular choice, right after the round cut.
These diamonds feature a square shape with round corners, resembling a cushion which is what they got their name from. These diamonds have been around for 200 years, even though they recently experienced a major surge in popularity. However, today’s cushion diamonds are nothing like their vintage counterparts. Modern versions of the cushion cut are far superior in terms of brilliance and sparkle.
These diamonds have a somewhat vintage feel, especially when compared to modern diamond cuts. They share a lot of similarities with round cut diamonds when it comes to brilliance and sparkle. However, their elongated shape makes them perfect for those looking to buy a diamond on a budget, as they make the engagement ring appear larger than it actually is.
Another elongated diamond cut, the marquise diamond resembles a football. Its elongated shape also creates an illusion of a larger diamond. However, this cut makes the most of the surface of the diamond compared to other cuts. This is what makes it a great choice for those with a limited budget.