Popular Diamond Cuts

When it comes to choosing stones, what shape are you in?

The shape of the stone in an engagement ring is a reflection of the personal style of the woman who’s wearing it. Just like you want to devote some time to choosing the quality of a diamond and the setting for the ring you’ll also need to think about the shape of the stone - which often has as big of an impact. Is your sweetie traditional or trend-setting? Does she want to make a statement or just see the sparkle? When you’re getting ready for a proposal it never hurts to keep an eye out for hints that your special someone is dropping. If you just can’t seem to gather that information, here’s a list of the most popular cuts of diamonds, how they look and which trend-setting star is wearing them.

Round brilliant

Possibly the most popular cut, it’s estimated that 75% of diamonds sold are round brilliants. A traditional girl is going to love the extreme sparkle and classic look of a round brilliant.
Seen on: Pamela Anderson, Mary J. Blige, Courtney Cox, Angie Harmon, Tori Spelling, Christina Aguilera, Barbra Streisand, Carmen Electra, Ali Landry

Oval

Another very popular cut, oval shaped diamonds add length to shorter fingers and look equally fabulous on long, slender fingers. Women who like oval diamonds usually like to steer away from the traditional.
Seen on: Katie Holmes, Whitney Houston, Gwen Stefani, Rebecca Romijn, Victoria Beckham

Princess

Although the name makes it sound like it’s for girly-girls, princess cut diamonds are increasing in popularity for many women. These diamonds have a square or rectangular cut and almost as much sparkle as a round brilliant. Most princess cut diamonds are found in solitaires and look great on long fingers.
Seen on: Star Jones, Britney Spears (before K-Fed bought her a round cut), Trisha Yearwood

Emerald

Diamonds with an emerald cut have a rectangular shape with cut corners. This shape is best for virtually flawless diamonds because the cut makes inclusions more obvious. Emerald cuts are popular for women with very classic tastes.
Seen on: Elizabeth Taylor, Paris Hilton, Melania Knauss, Jackie O., Grace Kelly, Nicole Richie, Madonna’s three-stone ring

Marquise

The marquise cut is great for hopeless romantics - stories say that this cut was created by Louis XIV who wanted a diamond that mirrored the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour. Marquise cuts resemble an oval with pointy ends. This is another great cut to make digits look long and slender.
Seen on: Catherine Zeta-Jones

Pear

Shaped like a tear drop, the pear cut diamond is a combination of the oval and the marquise. The length of pear shaped diamonds make fingers look slender
Seen on: Jessica Simpson, Liza Minelli, Anna Kournikova, Jill Hennessy

Heart

Heart shaped diamonds are less popular right now and are therefore harder to find. This cut of diamond looks exactly how it sounds, but is really a pear cut diamond with a cleft at the top. This is another favorite of romantic women.
Seen on: Joan Collins

Radiant

Diamonds with a radiant cut are square or rectangular with a lot of brilliance. They have more facets than a princess cut, but have trimmed corners like an emerald cut.
Seen on the fingers of: Jennifer Lopez in the infamous Bennifer ring

Choosing the perfect engagement ring is an important task, but do your research, have fun with it and you’ll come up with the ideal ring to get the “yes!” you’re looking for.

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