Diamond Shape

Virtually all types of cut diamonds, sold as jewelry, are one of ten round or modern diamond shapes. The most popular forms of a diamond are:

There is a description for each form, including information on how to determine the best combination of size, color and purity, which suits your needs. See our comparison table for each diamond shape to see how the shape affects size and appearance.


ROUND The shape of the diamond cut is the most popular form, representing approximately 75% of all diamonds sold. Due to the properties of its shape, the round brilliant, as a rule, looks better than the modern forms of cutting with the correct reflection of light, increases its potential brightness.


The shape of the cut diamond PRINCESS was first created in 1980, and is the most popular form of diamond, especially for engagement rings. Like round cut diamonds, this form of cut is a good choice, thanks to their ability to answer the ring in any style.


Since the OVAL diamond is a modified diamond cut (like practically all round cut diamonds), both diamonds have a similar glow and shine. However, oval-shaped diamonds have the additional advantage of an elongated shape, can create the illusion of a larger size.


The diamond of the MARQUISE cut shape has an elongated shape of a soccer ball, and is a modification of a diamond cut. Because the MARQUISE diamond is long and narrow, it can also create an illusion of a larger size. Carat per carat diamond MARQUISE has one of the largest areas of the surface of any form of diamond, which makes it a good choice, if you want to maximize the perceived size.


The diamond with the shape of PEAR is a modified diamond cut, and combines a round shape and a marquise shape with a conical edge. Ideally, a diamond in the form of PEAR should have excellent or very good symmetry. The point must correspond to the top of the rounded end. Shoulders and wings (the upper and lower curves of the right and left side of the diamond) should form uniform, symmetrical curves.


CUSHION cut diamonds combine a square shape with rounded corners, almost like a pillow (hence its name). This classic form of cut was nearly 200 years old, and during the first century of its existence was the most popular form of a diamond (similar to a modern round cut diamond). Improvement of faceting has led to a revival of popularity.


A unique form of EMERALD is the shape of a diamond cut, associated with the step of cutting its pavilion. Instead of a brilliant diamond cut, diamonds with a shape of cut EMERALD produce a hall effect with mirrors, with the interaction of light and dark areas. Often, blotches or body color are easier to see in a diamond with the shape of the EMERALD cut.


Diamonds of ASSCHER cut shape were first produced in 1902 by Asscher Brothers of Holland, and are the precursors of diamonds with the shape of EMERALD cut. The diamond-shaped cut ASSCHER is similar to the EMERALD shape, but in a square shape with large facets, above the crown and a smaller platform. This combination often emits more shine than the emerald form.


The diamond shape of the RADIANT cut is the first diamond that has a full diamond faceting pattern applied to the crown and pavilion, creating a bright and vibrant diamond. The modified square shape is a good combination between a pillow and a princess, and therefore looks great, in a frame with diamonds with rounded or square corners.


Modified processed diamond in the form of the heart is a unique and unmistakable symbol of love, popular in pendants, as well as rings. Diamonds in the form of a heart weighing less than 0.50 carats, can not be a good choice, since the heart shape is more difficult to perceive in smaller diamonds, especially after they are installed in the crocheted bracing.

Advice to the buyer:

Most people who receive diamonds for free or for engagement prefer shape. While other factors (such as price and quality) should be determined by the buyer, the choice of the shape of the diamond depends on the preferences of the person for whom it is intended, and this must be taken into account. This is especially true of modern cut diamonds, are given as a sign of engagement.