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Traditional Diamond Shape Options

Diamonds come in an assortment of shapes. The most popular diamond shape—the round diamond—makes up around 75% of all diamond sales. This may be because the round diamond encompasses a reflection of light that amplifies all possible brilliance. Coming in second place is the princess cut diamond—the classic square cut. First introduced in 1980, these diamonds have become a hit in engagement rings.

Because the oval diamond is a modified brilliant-cut—like round diamonds—the two shapes possess a comparable brightness. Additionally, oval diamonds have the advantage of an elongated shape, which can generate the illusion of grander size.

Marquise cut diamonds are modified brilliant-cuts shaped like footballs. Long and narrow, these stones make for one of the greatest surface areas of any diamond shape, maximizing perceived size. Pear shaped diamonds, another modified brilliant cut, is a mix of a round and a marquise shape and resembles a raindrop. Cushion cut diamonds combine the square cut with rounded corners, resembling a pillow or cushion. This cut has been in existence for about two hundred years and was originally the most popular diamond shape.

Emerald cut diamonds are rectangular in shape and cut in steps. Instead of the sparkle of a brilliant-cut, these diamonds produce a hall-of-mirrors effect, intertwining light and dark planes. Color and inclusions are easier to spot in emerald cuts than in some other cuts. Similar to the emerald, the asscher cut diamond has the same step facets, only in a square shape. There is a higher crown and smaller table, allowing for even more brilliance. This cut originated in 1902 and was created by the Asscher brothers of Holland.

The final traditional diamond shape option is the radiant cut. This rectangular and brilliant cut diamond serves as the bridge between a cushion and princess cut. Radiants look excellent set beside rounds or square counterparts.

Come into A-Bryan’s today to view our collection of traditional diamond shapes.

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