Diamond Shapes - Shapes of Diamonds

Diamond shape, while technically not a member of the four major diamond characteristics group, is one of the most important aspects of understanding diamonds before choosing a diamond or diamond ring to purchase.

There are 12 popular standard diamond shapes: Asscher, Baguette, Cushion, Emerald, Heart, Marquise, Oval, Pear, Princess, Radiant, Round, and Trillion. Each of these shapes of diamonds have interesting and different histories behind them and have been involving for the past several hundred years. Over the past 100 years, the most popular and easily recognized diamond shape is the round diamond.

As mentioned previously, the shape of a diamond is not a member of the notorious 4C’s of diamonds. The 4C’s, short for 4 characteristics, are: Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat Weight. Each of these diamond characteristics are extremely important in choosing the perfect diamond, however, before any of these characteristics come in to play in your decision making process, you’re first faced with choosing your ideal diamond shape.

Diamond shape is one of the most visible characteristics of a diamond to the untrained eye. The next most visible characteristic of a diamond is the diamond’s carat weight as it’s easy to identify a large diamond versus a small one. Aside from the diamond shape and diamond carat weight, it’s usually difficult to see much difference between the other diamond characteristics (cut, clarity, and color), for the average diamond buyer that doesn’t have a degree in gemology.

With that being said, there could be noticeable differences in a diamond’s clarity and color if you were comparing two diamonds on opposite ends of the spectrum such as a very high quality diamond vs. a very low quality diamond. However, outside of this extreme, it’s hard for the untrained buyer to notice much difference in these other characteristics which is why the shape of a diamond is such an important factor to consider.

When it comes to purchasing a diamond for your loved one, or a diamond engagement ring for your future fiancée, deciding on a diamond shape is your first mission. In general, most men and women have a specific shape of diamond that they prefer over the others.

Our website covers each various shape of diamond to help you understand them all. When it comes to purchasing your diamond, different shapes require looking for different characteristics. For example, each diamond shape requires looking for different cut ratios to give a diamond its maximum sparkle and flare. For more information and details on each individual diamond shape, visit the "All Shapes" links in the right hand navigation.