Choosing the right engagement ring is one of the most important moments of you and your partner’s life. An engagement ring symbolizes true love, and your journey together. For this reason, you’ll want a ring that best suits you and your bride’s personal style– whether it be classic, modern, or something even more unique. Let the experts at Barclay’s Jewelry introduce you to each diamond cut and what they say about the woman wearing them.
By far the most popular diamond cut, the round brilliant is the quintessential ‘modern’ cut. Consisting of 58 facets, a round cut is designed to highlight the diamond’s natural radiance, producing as much sparkle as possible. Developed in the early 20th century, the round brilliant brings a versatility that allows you to set it in a halo, finish with side diamonds, or wear as an elegant solitaire. The woman who wears a round diamond has a classic approach to style. If your bride prefers a traditional wedding dress, doesn’t bend to trends, and walks with timeless elegance, this type of diamond is for her.
The chic cousin of the Round Brilliant, the Princess Cut is the second most popular diamond, partly due to its combination of classic sparkle and modern shape. Known for its square cut, clean angles, and unique fire, this diamond bridges the gap between tradition and contemporary. The bride who wears this is a woman who respects the past, but embraces a modern sense of fashion.
With vintage grace, the distinctive and beautiful Asscher cut diamond radiates the shimmer of an emerald cut, in a chic square silhouette. First developed in 1902, Asscher cut diamonds have soared in popularity, seen as a pick for the most fashionable “it girls.” Adorned by iconic figures as Elizabeth Taylor and Gwyneth Paltrow, the woman who gravitates toward the Asscher cut demands attention as she sparkles in the spotlight.
Inspired by the stunning green gemstone, Emerald Diamonds are cut into an elongated shape that emphasizes their clarity. A fine choice for those with a flair for drama and distinction, and Emerald cut engagement ring denotes a woman with natural confidence and an appreciation for vintage design.
Popular for more than a century, Cushion cut diamonds (also known as “pillow-cut” diamonds) have rounded corners and larger facets to increase their brilliance. Most recently seen in The Great Gatsby as Daisy Buchanan’s engagement ring, their antique design evokes the glitz and glamour of the roaring 20’s. Just like the women of the time, this cut astounds with a distinct charm that cannot be forgotten. This shape is fit for an elegant romantic who has a love for true vintage luxury.
A modern version of the Cushion Cut, Cushion Brilliant diamonds have very similar faceting arrangements as round brilliant cut diamonds. This unique diamond cut contains larger facets, and do not have the signature “crushed ice” look. Rather, they resemble the appearance of round cut diamonds– which makes them so desirable and popular. This diamond cut is for the bride who holds traditional values, but doesn’t mind being the center of attention.
With an air of sophistication, an oval diamond’s elongated shape is perfect for brides who are looking for something elegant and unique. In addition to its one of a kind look, an oval diamond can be cut with a similar number of facets to a round, giving it added brilliance. One of the most feminine diamond cuts, the bride who chooses an oval cut is truly refined, much like one of the most famous wearers of this style, Princess Diana.
If one diamond were to define the term “modern luxury,” a Radiant Cut diamond would be it. The 70 facets of a radiant cut give it an unprecedented amount of shine, making it a vibrant, rectangular diamond that is made to dazzle a crowd. The woman who wears this diamond is confident, knows what she wants, and demands attention.
With the greatest size per carat weight of all the popular cuts, the Marquise cut appeals to those who want a larger-looking engagement ring. Steeped in history, King Louis XIV of France requested a new diamond for the woman he loved, and the fancy Marquise cut was born. If your bride appreciates the timeless luxury of Versailles, and loves to be treated like royalty, then choose a Marquise diamond, and make her feel like the queen she is.
Inspired by oval and marquise cuts, the unique Pear Diamond features both a rounded and pointed end. These engagement rings can be worn with the diamond facing either way, which allows for different looks depending on outfit, event, or mood. Fit for the true fashionista, the versatile Pear Diamond is great for the woman who will always be in style.
The symbol of everlasting love, the Heart Diamond is one of the most romantic cuts available. Women who prefer this shape tend be more loving, open, and wear their heart on their sleeve. They enjoy being feminine, and see the good in everything. Much like their hearts, they are open and forgiving, and true believers in fairy-tale endings.
When picking a diamond, it is important to take these guidelines as suggestion, and not as fact. In the end, it is up to your own personal tastes. What is most important is that you choose a cut that symbolizes the love you have for your partner. In the end, that is what truly matters.
For a closer look at any of our diamond cuts, contact a diamond expert at Barclay’s Jewelers today.