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.
Princess cut diamonds are the second most popular shape diamond for engagement rings. They are a wonderful option for people that like the brilliance of a round diamond but prefer a more square appearance. They will appear smaller than round diamonds, though, due to their shape and typically greater depth. The top of a Princess-cut diamond is either square or rectangular, while the bottom looks like an inverted pyramid. Princess cut diamonds are a relatively new diamond cut and were specifically designed to maximize brilliance. This is largely due to the fact that they are cut to follow the natural crystalline structure of the diamond. They also offer great value per carat, as more of the rough diamond is preserved in the cutting process. Princess diamonds are cut to achieve the highest degree of brilliance and offer maximum light return.
Emerald-cut diamonds are characterized by step cuts and a long table. Although emerald-cut diamonds are less brilliant than round diamonds or princess diamonds, they are revered for their clarity. Emerald-cut diamonds are known for their angled corners and step-cut, as well as their rectangular shapes. Because of their long table, inclusions are more easily seen on emerald shape diamonds than other more brilliant cuts. Emerald-cut diamonds are named as such because the cut was originally only used on emeralds.