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A Guide to Different Diamond Shapes

Whether you are choosing the perfect engagement ring or looking to acquire a new cocktail ring, choosing the right diamond shape is essential. There are many different options, and they make it easy to find the perfect shape for your style, personality, budget and occasion.

Round Diamonds

Round is the most popular diamond shape, and some experts believe that this cut makes up a whopping 70% of the modern diamond market. This cut makes the diamonds sparkle as much as possible, as there are 58 facets. They are timeless and classic, and also make every diamond look the best that it possibly can.

Oval Diamonds

Oval cut diamonds are similar to round diamonds, as they have the same number of facets distributed over the length of an oval instead of a circle. Because the cut is longer, it makes diamonds look bigger than ones of the same carat weight that are cut using a round cut instead.

Pear Diamonds

Pear cut diamonds look like teardrops, and they are stunning with the right choice of diamond. Pear diamonds must be symmetrical and have the right size to make the most of the cut. Some people enjoy pear cut diamonds because they can make short fingers appear to be longer. Pear cuts also use the same number of facets as round and oval—58.

Marquise Diamonds

Marquise cut gems have 58 facets that are strategically placed to come to a dramatic point at both ends of the diamond. Marquise diamonds look similar to oval diamonds, and they also make the most of smaller diamonds by maximizing the exposed surface area. In fact, the marquise cut has the largest surface area of any diamond cut.

Princess Diamonds

Princess cut diamonds are the second most popular option on the market. While the cut is square, it is designed to make stones look incredibly brilliant. Depending on the stone, there are between 57 and 76 facets, and they are adjusted to the stone to give the most glimmer possible.

Talk to the Experts at SAZ Gem & Jewelry Appraisal

Whether you have a family ring you are interested in learning the value of or you’re looking to expand your collection, SAZ Gem & Jewelry Appraisal is here to help. We know how to verify the authenticity of vintage jewels and can assist you before, during or after the purchasing process. For more information, give us a call at 425-785-1871.

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