Shape

Perhaps the most important starting point for choosing a diamond is the diamond shape. All diamond shapes are unique and will both influence, and be influenced by, other characteristics of a diamond such as the Four Cs. Before choosing the perfect diamond shape for your jewellery piece read through the Divinity Diamond education package. If you have any further questions on diamond shape, or indeed any other characteristics of a diamond, feel free to contact a Divinity Diamond consultant who will help you choose the perfect diamond for every occasion.

At Divinity Diamond we have an exceptionally large selection of Round Brilliant Cut diamonds, and an equally impressive range of all other diamond shapes. We are also proud to offer the exclusive Lucere Cut, handcrafted by one of Europe's most well-established cutting and polishing firms.

Round Shaped Diamond

Round

The round brilliant cut diamond is the most desirable diamond shape available. Diamond cutters have spent decades working with the natural theories of light refraction and reflection to develop a cut which maximises both the natural brilliance and the internal fire within a diamond.

As the round brilliant cut maximises the natural light properties of the diamond it will also allow you the greatest flexibility in terms of other properties of the diamond such as clarity and colour. To truly make the most of your selected round brilliant cut diamond Divinity Diamonds recommends you choose a diamond with the highest possible cut grade.

Princess Shaped Diamond

Princess

This cut is the second most popular after the Round Brilliant Cut and is a popular selection for engagement rings. The princess has pointed corners and is traditionally square in shape, however may also be cut with more of a rectangular shape. As colour can appear more visible in the corners of this cut it is important to bear this in mind when choosing diamonds with a lower colour grade. This can also explain the exceptionally low price of lower colour grade princess cut stones.

When selecting a princess cut stone for a ring it is important to understand that the diamond will be viewed from above most often. Therefore the extent to which the stone is either square or rectangular may be an important aspect of your decision-making. If you prefer a square cut princess diamond then select those with length-to-width ratios of 1.0 - 1.05. If you prefer a more rectangular cut princess diamond then select a diamond with a length to width ratio of greater than 1.10. All information such as length-to-width ratio is available for every certificated diamond.

Emerald Shaped Diamond

Emerald

This cut is unique from other diamond cuts as the facets are actually rectangular in shape, therefore creating a very different optical effect when viewed from above. As an emerald cut stone has a large table it is important to understand that the clarity of the diamond will be much more influential in decision-making.

Divinity Diamonds recommends choosing a higher clarity grade when selecting an emerald cut. If you are choosing a lower clarity grade then ensure that you have read the clarity plot of the stone within the diamond certification. This will help to understand precisely where inclusions may be visible within the selected diamond. Like the Princess cut stone it is also important to understand the role played by the length-to-width ratio in determining how square or rectangular the diamond will appear when set in jewellery.

Cushion Shaped Diamond

Cushion

This is also known as the 'pillow-cute' diamond. It has rounded corners and larger facets. As with the emerald-cut it is important to understand the importance of both clarity and the length-to-width ratio in the final appearance of the diamond.

Heart Shaped Diamond

Heart

This cut symbolizes love and therefore is a popular selection for certain types of jewellery such as rings and pendants. As colour may appear more visible in the corners of the diamond Divinity Diamonds advises a higher colour grade when choosing a heart-shaped diamond. The overall appearance of the diamond will also be influenced by the length-to-width ratio.

Pear Shaped Diamond

Pear

This cut of diamond is teardrop in shape and makes a beautiful selection for both pendants and earrings. An elongated pear shape diamond can also have a slimming effect on the finger when set in a ring. For a traditional pear-shaped diamond, look for a length-to-width ratio between 1.45 and 1.75. For a more elongated pear cut diamond choose a longer length-to-width ratio.

Marquise Shaped Diamond

Marquise

The Marquise cut maximises carat weight as it appears larger per carat weight than other diamond shapes. It is also a popular selection as a centrepiece stone and its beauty can be optimised with either round or pear-shaped side diamonds. In order to understand how the diamond will appear when viewed from above Divinity Diamonds recommends viewing each stones length-to-width ratio when making a decision. Like the pear shaped diamond this cut can also have a slimming effect on the finger when set in rings.

Oval Shaped Diamond

Oval

The oval stone is second only to the Round Brilliant Cut diamond in its capacity to maximize a diamond's internal brilliance and fire. In order to understand the extent of a diamonds oval shape it is recommended that the length-to-width ratio of each diamond is taken into account in decision-making.

Radiant Shaped Diamond

Radiant

This shape is marked by its trimmed corners which have proven a popular choice in a variety of jewellery settings especially as a centrepiece diamond. Like the emerald and cushion shapes it can also vary as to the square or rectangular nature of its appearance and this is determined by its length-to-width ratio.