Today most ladies at least share hints with their partners about what kind of engagement ring they would like when the big moment arrives. You may have an idea of the type of ring she wants, but you’ll also have to factor in what is available and what is currently fashionable.
There are thousands of different and unique engagement ring designs, but one thing you may want to consider is diamond shape. This is important as she may prefer a particular shape and style over another for various reasons – practicality, value, what will suit you best, or simply personal taste. Her hand shape will also play a part in what diamond cut will look the most flattering on you.
Here are some of the most prominent diamond cuts available at jewelry stores.
If she loves vintage, this may be the diamond cut for her. When you look for cushion cut diamond rings, you will recognize the style by the distinct shape. The diamond has a square cut with rounded corners, which gives it that ‘old world’ feel. It resembles a pillow, thus the name.
This cut encourages the light to shine brightly out of the diamond, making it beautifully luminescent. It may not be as brilliant as a rounded shape, but its shape and quality of catching the light may appeal to you more than that of a round shape.
The cut is the most suitable for those with wider fingers.
The round cut is probably the most popular cut for engagement rings. This is because the shape lets in the most light, making it the most sparkly of cuts. It also suits most hand sizes more easily than other cuts. The shape never looks out of proportion on any hand.
This cut is often quite expensive though, as much of the rough material is lost in the cutting process. Nonetheless, round cuts make up about 75% of engagement ring sales.
The Princess cut is a modern diamond cut and will appeal and suit a lady with contemporary style and taste. You will know it by its sharply square shape. This cut is usually multi-faceted, and thus has quite a distinctive quality of sparkle.
The Princess ring is quite geometric, so would be suitable for someone who likes angular styles.
Pear Shape Cut
Also called a teardrop diamond, the pear shape is a classic. It first started appearing in the 1450’s. Much like the cushion cut, the shape would suit someone who enjoys old-fashioned pieces that elongate the finger and bring an essence of elegance.
This choice is lovely for those with shorter hands, as the elongated shape of the diamond lengthens the appearance of the finger. It may be less in demand in modern times, but the pear shape is still definitive.
The oval cut is more unique than other cuts, and so would suit someone who is looking for something a bit different. The cut encourages the shine of the diamond to be quite brilliant, making it a quality choice.
Another benefit of this ring is that the oval cut tends to make the diamond look bigger than it really is due to the shape. It looks beautiful on most types of hands.
In the end, the diamond cut you choose is all about your woman’s personality and what she loves. If you are not sure, go and browse a few different cuts at your local jeweler. You will get to see these cuts in person and imagine each on her finger.