Do you know there are 10 different types of diamond cuts (aka diamond shapes) - the same applies to sapphire and other precious gemstones ? Each cut creates a distinct kind of sparkle, and represents a unique personality.
In this article, we will explain each type of cuts and their implied meanings. Hope it would help you find the perfect ring, either an engagement ring, a wedding ring, an anniversary ring or a fashion ring!
At Wiley Hart, our craftsmen carefully cut each sapphire stone in precision - it's the precision on angle, proportion, symmetry and polish that brings out the stone's best brilliance and light-reflecting sparkle. Our sapphire never loses its beauty and sparkle once it's cut, which is why we offer lifetime warranty on any piece of our jewelry.
1. Round Brilliant Cut - Timeless, Classy
Round brilliant cut is by far the most popular stone cut as more than half of all engagement rings feature a round brilliant cut center stone. The round shape is designed to allow for maximum sparkle from every angle and offer timeless beauty.
Best for: women who love classics and simple romance. If you're really not sure what style she prefers, it's hard to go wrong with the timeless round center stone. Some celebrities who have been given round diamond engagement rings are Madonna, Barbara Streisand and Mary J. Blige.
2. Princess Cut - Dainty, Exciting, Contemporary
Princess cut diamond or sapphire is stylish and contemporary, yet feminine and delicate. The unique square shape makes it a favorite fancy diamond shape for engagement rings. While the sparkle of other stones is displayed mainly in the center, princess cut stones show distinct colors in each of the corners.
Best for: women who are trendy and lively. Some celebrities who have princess diamond engagement rings are Jessica Biel and Christine Baumgartner.
3. Radiant Cut - Unique, Complex, Daring
Radiant cut diamond or sapphire features trimmed corners, which combines the elegance of the princess cut with the brilliance of the round cut. Because it takes the best of each, the radiant cut displays incredible brilliance, fire, and scintillation.
Best for: women who likes a unique style. A celebrity who was given a radiant diamond for her engagement ring was Jennifer Lopez.
4. Asscher Cut - Modern Vintage, Dramatic, Elegant
Asscher cut diamond or sapphire has step-like facets with trimmed corners, but is square in shape. If you love vintage jewelry from the Art Deco period, it’s likely that Asscher cut gemstones are among your favorites.
Bests for: The woman who enjoys a vintage look with a sparkly twist. In the show Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw modeled an asscher-cut diamond when she got engaged to Aidan Shaw.
5. Cushion Cut - Soft, Classic, Romantic
The cushion cut is a timeless cut that has earned its name for its pillow shape. Cushion cut gemstones tend to have impeccable brilliance and clarity in their appearance which can be attributed to their rounded corners and larger facets. It is a sophisticated and elegant shape that suits any finger and its popularity is set to remain.
Best for: women who hold traditional values, and consider themselves to be fashionable and romantic. Some celebrities who have cushion diamond engagement rings are Brooke Shields, Jennifer Garner, and Giuliana Rancic.
6. Oval Cut - Modern, Bold, Slenderizing
Oval cut diamond or sapphire has a classic appearance with a modern twist! It is a popular cut in all types of jewelry, especially in engagement rings, making it easy to match with other jewelry. It has an incredible brilliance, similar to the round brilliant cut, but also has the advantage of accentuating long, slender finders.
Best for: women who appreciate classics but also like to express individuality and creativity. Some celebrities with oval diamond engagement rings are Kate Middleton, Toni Braxton, and Katie Holmes.
7. Emerald Cut - Art deco, Sophisticated, Glamorous
Emerald cut diamond or sapphire highlights clarity better than any of the other shapes. Its unique step-cut showcases the gemstones' original beauty & precision. The long lines of the stone accentuate its sophistication. You're meant to enjoy it for its depth and luster.
Best for: women who radiate striking sophistication, confidence, and effortless style. A few celebrities with emerald engagement rings are Beyonce, Kate Hudson, and Grace Kelly.
8. Pear Cut - Elegant, Delicate, Flirty
The teardrop style of pear shaped diamond or sapphire is exceptional. The slender pear shape will give fingers and hands a slimmer appearance while creating a soft and delicate look. It's a unique, beautiful shape that excels in a halo setting.
Bests for: women who are elegant, fun and adventurous. Famous pear diamond ring wearers are Catherine Heigl and Anne Hathaway.
9. Marquise Cut - Flattering, Unique, Elongating
A truly eye-catching shape, the marquise cut diamond or sapphire is elongated with pointed ends. It's one of the rarest cuts - definitely the choice for the woman who's unafraid to stand out in a crowd! While certainly not for everyone, the marquise may grow on you with repeated viewings.
Best for: women who is creative, trendy and edgy.
10. Heart Cut - Romantic, Sweet, Sentimental