Each diamond is unique and each one reflects a story of its journey from the depths inside the earth into a treasured object of adornment. All diamonds share a certain feature that allows us to compare and differentiate them from one another. These are called the diamond 4Cs.
Have you ever wondered how many shapes a diamond has? Well, diamonds are positively shapeless when they are found in the mines. It's only how the diamond is cut that leads to the various shapes of diamonds.
Since diamonds form an important part of jewelry fashion they are cut into a number of various different shapes. As a result what shape will fit a person is dependent on his/her personality. In general, diamonds are cut in about 10-12 shapes more often (but designers keep coming out with new and imaginative shapes all the time) than others.
The Most Common Shapes in Diamond Cuts
Round Cut diamonds
This is the most common shape into which a diamond is cut and is most used in diamond engagement rings. Round diamonds have clear lines and symmetry and are the most expensive.
A circle has no beginning or end - so round diamonds go perfectly with the theme of love and romance.
Heart-shaped diamonds are the most popular shape among lovers. It indicates their love and affection for each other. This shape looks best in pendants and ear rings (however, it's really a matter of personal choice).
Pear Shaped Diamonds
As the name suggests, these diamonds are in the shape of a pear or tears from your eyes. You can find Pear Shaped Diamonds mostly in earrings.
Princess Cut Diamonds
Princess Cut Diamonds are inverted pyramids and carry most of their weight at the bottom. Princess cut diamonds are square and look electrifying.
If you have small hands or short fingers and want to give an elongated look to your hands, oval diamonds are meant for you. Oval Diamonds make smaller hands look elongated because of their symmetrical design. They look really elegant.
Diamonds Also Are Commonly Found As:
Trillion Cut Diamonds
As the name suggests, Trillion Cut Diamonds have a triangular shape with equal sides. It looks great with pendants. Women can wear this shape with deep neck blouses (or whatever way it suits their personality)
Radiant Cut Diamonds show resemblance to emerald cut diamonds with respect to shape. Radiant diamonds are also square or rectangular in shape. But radiants glitter more than the emerald shaped diamonds because of the difference in the number of facets. Since radiant diamonds have more number of facets than the emerald diamonds, they look more stunning.
The Marquise Cut Diamond is known for its grandness. This type of diamond is elongated with points at each end.
Baguette Cut Diamonds
Baguettes are commonly used as side stone diamonds in the making of jewelry. They have a step cut shape and really look good. Though they are used as side stones, they look really impressive when put together with other diamond shapes in the same piece of jewelry.
Cushion Cut Diamonds
Cushion Cut Diamonds are also called pillow cut diamonds. They are square shaped and have a sophistication of a Romeo Juliet era.
Thus, you have quite a good number of different shapes of diamonds to choose from.