Round diamonds are, by far, the most popular and sought-after diamond shape on the market today. Their timeless beauty and universal appeal make them the best option for many consumers looking to purchase an engagement ring. The first thing to consider when looking at a diamond image is the overall appearance. In many diamonds, you will see eight arrows branching from the center. Diamonds in the Ideal or True Hearts cut grades are the top diamond cuts offered on James Allen Jewelers. They have the properties required to offer the best light return, fire and brilliance, and are our customer's first choice in diamonds.
Round diamonds are cut to hide color and conceal many inclusions, so they are also the shape that many consumers purchase in the SI clarity and I-J color ranges. This works well for people on a budget, as they can get larger carat weight diamonds without sacrificing appearance, and are the most prevalent choice for engagement rings.
Oval diamonds are popular choice for engagement rings because they offer great fire and brilliance. Similar to round diamonds in their light return, oval-cut diamonds are known for their unique shape and aesthetic appeal. This diamond shape has an additional advantage of appearing larger than its actual carat size because of its elongated shape. When set in engagement rings, oval-cut diamonds serve to elongate fingers, which gives them an air of grace and elegance.
A marquise-cut diamond is considered a classic diamond shape because it compliments any engagement ring. When selecting a marquise diamond, color and clarity are the two most important aspects to consider. A marquise diamond is cut in a way that is similar to a round brilliant diamond, except the carat weight of the stone is maximized by lengthening it into its highly recognizable boat-shape. Unfortunately, because marquise-cut diamonds have such a distinctive elongated shape, imperfections and flaws are more pronounced than they are in traditional round brilliant diamonds.