Engagement Rings - Choosing the Perfect Diamond
Round brilliant cut focal diamond with
baguettes on shank
Don't Be Overwhelmed
Selecting an engagement ring can be
overwhelming if you go shopping unprepared, because there are
many decisions to make in order to get the "best" engagement
ring for you (or you fiancÚ's) tastes and lifestyle.
Choosing a gemstone shape is one of the
decisions you'll have to make, and it's an important one. This
visual tour of the most popular diamond shapes preps you for the
thousands of engagement ring designs you'll see when you go
Round is the most popular diamond shape used
in engagement rings, and the round brilliant cut, shown above,
is the most popular of the rounds.
When you shop, you'll see references to
ideal cut diamonds.
That label means that the diamond has been cut in
such a way to make best use of its characteristics. The cutter
must usually remove more of the rough stone in order to achieve
ideal, and that's a decision that sacrifices carat size
in favor of overall beauty.
Square and rectangular diamond shapes include
the popular princess cut, emerald cut, and radiant cut diamonds.
Rectangular shaped diamonds aren't always a
"standard" shape--with the long side twice as long as the short.
They are found with a variety of proportions.
Avoid the Bow Tie
Marquise diamonds sometimes have a bow tie
near their mid-sections, a shadowy image that's a sign of poor
proportions. The effect is not uncommon in marquise cuts, pear
shaped diamonds and other fancy shapes. The more pronounced the
bow tie, the less proportional the cut.
The pointed tips of a marquise diamond are
often protected by v-shaped or decorative prongs.