Different loose diamond cuts and the hands they complement
When someone talks about the shape of aloose diamond, they are referring to the physical outline shape of the gemstone. There are up to 10 shapes that
diamonds are typically cut into that are popular for use in engagement rings. There are so many different shapes available because people want to purchase an engagement ring that complements the
shapes and sizes of their hands. For example, if you have shorter fingers then you want to choose a diamond shape that will help make them look longer ad leaner like a pear, oval or marquise
shape. People with shorter fingers also want to avoid wide clunky bands as that will only serve to make the hands look even smaller. The different shapes that are most commonly used
for engagement rings are round, princess, oval, marquise, pear, and cushion.
By far the most popular cut of stone for diamonds is the round shape. Up to 75% of all earrings and necklaces made utilize this popular shape. Part of what makes this a good choice is that it can
look good and flattering on pretty much everyone. This is also a good shape as far as the quality of the diamond goes because this is the optimal way to cut a diamond for the maximum light
reflection inside the stone. In other words, a round cut diamond is going to have more sparkle.
The second most popular style for cutting loose diamonds is the princess cut. The princess cut is the most popular cut for engagement rings and they also tend to flatter
pretty much every type of finger. Despite its fancy name, a princess cut looks almost like a square diamond. This style is also a more advantageous way to cut a diamond to make it give off the
maximum amount of sparkle. Even smaller diamonds look like they have more brilliance when they are cut with a princess cut.
If you are looking for a diamond shape that will make your fingers look longer and slimmer, then an oval shape is a great option. Since they are similar in
shape to a round cut diamond they still give off a lot of brilliance while better complimenting the hand. The same goes for the marquise cut, which is also oblong shaped, but it is pointed on
each end. The best way to describe the marquise cut is that it looks like a tiny football. Marquise also have more surface area exposed to it than any other shape, so even if it is the exact same
carat weight as a round cut diamond, it will give off the appearance of looking bigger and more expensive.
A pear cut shaped diamond looks like a pear, pointed and slim on one end and rounded and fat on the other. This cut is used for more expensive and high quality diamonds because it can expose any
blemishes in the stone more easily.
Lastly, the cushion cut diamond is a square but with rounded corners. This classic style has been around the longest, so if you are looking for a vintage ring it will likely have a cushion cut.