A promise, a commitment, an anticipation of a future. A diamond engagement ring is a visual expression of all those assurances to the recipient, and it serves as a message to all who see it that a bond has been created between two people for life.
How does one know what diamond to choose to make such a grand and personal statement? And how do we choose a shape and setting that will look as beautiful throughout the coming seasons of life as the day it was presented? That’s the thrill of this journey—near limitless options allow for a creation as unique as the people involved.
Before we review diamond shapes, we need to make sure there is an understanding of the terms, “shape” and “cut.” Those aren’t interchangeable words in diamond-speak, and we want our customers to communicate with accuracy and credibility on this topic.
The term “shape” refers to exactly that, the shape—the outline of the gemstone. The term “cut,” refers to facet arrangement, not the shape of the gemstone itself (Gemological Institute of America). After all, the shape of things to come will certainly include family and friends lavishing compliments and praise on your stunning choice. So, with bragging rights comes the responsibility to exert a little expertise on the matter. You just became the smartest one in the room on this topic. It’s also worth knowing that diamonds fall into one of two categories of shapes – Round and Fancy. (Gem Society)
And now let’s have a look at five of the most popular diamond shapes in the United States (Town and Country).
The most highly desired shape of all. Over 75% of diamonds sold are of round shape, brilliant cut. In the 1860s, a man named Henry Morse in Boston suggested a cut of 58 facets would “enhance the diamond’s fire and brilliance.” (GIA) It is clearly evident that most of the world agrees with Mr. Morse’s assertion of the brilliant cut.
The most popular of the Fancy shapes, it sells for about a third lower cost of a round, brilliant cut diamond of similar size. It has the lovely advantage of appearing larger than it is and is eye-catching in any setting.
This elongated shape has the distinction of appearing larger than it is as well, and the result is that the wearer’s finger will appear slimmer than it is. It is well suited for a setting that includes diamonds around the primary gemstone.
Cushion shaped diamonds are popular for their gorgeous color and enchanting movement of light. It doesn’t hurt that this impressive selection sells for a fourth to a mere half what a comparable round diamond would cost.
In March of last year, J.Lo flashed her new twenty-carat emerald engagement ring estimated to be worth about $4.5 million (Jennifer Lopez in Harper’s Bazaar). Even though this shape is considered fairly rare, it still can be had for between 12% and 42% of the cost of a similar round brilliant. Fans of the emerald shape love the “hall of mirrors” effect afforded by the more subtle cuts.
So, as you can see, the sky’s the limit for you when you are ready to start shaping the things to come. We are here to help you. Your friends here at Maxon are abundantly qualified to help you choose the right diamond for the bond you are embracing. Give us a call or stop by our beautiful new showroom at 2850 E Battlefield, Springfield. We look forward to seeing you!