Romanced by Your Diamond Shape
You may have asked yourself “what diamond shape should I get?” or “will a particular diamond shape look better on my hand?” There are a lot of shape choices, but you might be interested to know a big reason for different shaped diamonds.
The raw, out of the ground, diamonds lend themselves to a round, brilliant cut because of their shape. Diamond cutters like to use as much of the rough diamond as possible and the round cut achieves this.
Since diamonds are cut by weight, diamond cutters will try to use the maximum amount of the rough in their cutting of a diamond.
Fancy or Non-Round Cut Diamonds
Inclusions that are visible to the eye can occur in a rough diamond that would ruin the beauty of a round brilliant cut diamond. If that same piece of rough was cut as a marquis or a pear shape, the diamond cutter could possibly avoid that annoying big black carbon inclusion. In this way, the “fancy” cut diamonds were born.
The symmetry and sparkle in a round brilliant cut diamond gives fantastic light return, a measurement used to quantify how sparkly (yeah, that’s a technical term) your diamond is.
In comparison, an emerald cut diamond with fewer facets and a shape less helpful to reflecting light, gives a more subtle light return. The emerald cut shape is very appealing to many people.
More Square Shapes
In response to the appeal of the emerald cut, but the poorer light return numbers, diamond cutters came up with cushion cuts, square modified brilliants and other square and rectangular shaped cuts with more facets that gave better light return.
As diamond lovers are given more choices its good for them to know that with fancy cuts can come caveats.
For example, some marquis cut diamonds can have what is called a bow-tie effect. A black area not unlike the shape of a bow-tie that does not return light, but like tiny black holes just sucks it up and beams it into another dimension. I learned that on Star Trek.
Diamond Shapes and Your Hand – Three Stories, Kaitlyn, Romana, and Silvana
Kaitlyn and Short Fingers
One of my clients Kaitlyn had fairly short fingers and a lot of rings seemed to overwhelm her hand.
We finally tried a marquis cut diamond and it made her fingers look longer. We designed a ring around the marquis and it looked markedly better than round brilliant, cushion or even oval, which was her runner up shape.
Romana and her Baby Hands
Romana had been teased for having “baby hands”. Her ring finger size was 3.75. A lot of the rings she tried on made her feel like she was playing dress up in her mom’s jewelry box.
Cushion cut was the style for her. Somehow the more square proportions gave gravitas (seriousness, adult-y-ness) to her hand. We scaled the ring for her tiny hands, used the cushion cut center diamond and all anyone said was not “baby hands” but “beautiful”, “congratulations” and “OMG I love your ring”. We were good with that.
Sylvana and Her Generously Full Hands
Silvana had slightly puffy fingers. We’re all different. She’d tried a lot of rings and diamond shapes and it just clicked when she put on an angular ring with a princess cut diamond on it. The angularity of the diamond was opposite the generous curvy vibe of her hand. It was definitely love. We all agreed that princess cut was her perfect diamond shape.
I could go on about all the different shapes that have been perfect for different people, but round brilliant reigns supreme for popularity and availability. You’ll always have the greatest amount of selection when you choose round brilliant.
Pick the shape that compliments your hand and pick the diamond that sparkles and speaks to you.
Your Personal Jeweler,