When buying a diamond for an engagement ring or another piece of fine jewelry, the first thing you should determine is what diamond shape you prefer. The shape of the center diamond sets the tone of the entire ring — if your style is classic, you’ll probably choose a different ring than someone who loves modern styles.
There are a multitude of options for your diamond shape, and each has its pros and cons. Follow along the Bailey Banks & Biddle blog as we unveil our stone shapes series. We’ll tell you the strengths and weaknesses of each shape, and what to look for when shopping.
What is a diamond shape?
First thing’s first — what do we mean when we talk about the shape of a diamond?
The GIA calls the diamond shape its “general silhouette.” It refers to the outline of the diamond when it is looked at face up.
The most common shape of diamond is the round brilliant gemstone. About 75 percent of the total diamonds sold are round. All the other shapes, like pear, baguette and princess, are called fancy shapes.
Shape is often confused with cut, which actually refers to the facets cut into the diamond and how sparkly the diamond is. Cut is one of the GIA’s 4 C’s, which measure the quality of a diamond.
How to pick the right diamond shape
First, get to know what your options are. The most common shapes are:
Our jewelry expert says customers should put their own preferences first when picking which shape to buy. After all, you’ll be seeing that ring on your finger every day!
“Don’t be influenced by whatever’s popular or in style now,” says our jewelry expert, “Things go out of style every few years, but as long as you love your ring it doesn’t matter.”
It’s true that some shapes are more popular than others. The majority of engagement rings have round stones. That means fancy shapes may actually be cheaper than a round diamond because there is less demand for them.
The only way to really know what shape you like best is to see the diamonds in person. Come into Bailey Banks & Biddle anytime for a one-on-one diamond consultation to see your future ring in person.