The diamond is an almost-obligatory component in any engagement ring. Traditionally, it’s a means via which a man can signal his devotion to his would-be bride (and, let’s face it, his financial prowess). Whatever’s motivating you to buy a diamond ring, you’ll want to be sure that you’re aware of all of the options, since it’s a significant investment.
Specifically, it’s worth thinking about the various cuts of diamond available. Certain cuts will confer greater value, even if the actual volume and quality of the diamond remains the same. Let’s run through five of the most popular.
The round-cut diamond is the one that most of us think of. Since it can catch and reflect light however it’s positioned, it tends to twinkle more reliably than many of its rivals. It’s also versatile enough to be positioned in a variety of arrangements. More than two-thirds of diamonds sold worldwide are cut in this style.
The princess-cut diamond as introduced in the 1960s by a jeweller named Arpad Nagy, who wanted to get rid of the intrinsic waste that comes from a round shape. It’s nicely square and angular, and provides a pleasing alternative to the round cut. If you’d like to stand apart, the princess is a great way of doing it.
Possessing many of the same qualities as the round cut, the oval cut is just that little bit stretched. Again, it’s likely to appeal to those looking to break with tradition and blaze their own trail. The fact that it’s slightly wider makes it a great match with wider-looking rings. You’ll want to be on the lookout for a ‘bowtie’ effect in the centre – an inherent problem with ovals which can be more pronounced on some diamonds than others.
The cushion (or pillow) cut looks a little bit like a square with rounded edges. They’ve enjoyed a resurgence thanks to renewed interest in vintage fashion. Pay attention to the length:width ratio. It’s easier to fall into traps when buying a cushion-cut diamond, as, put simply, there are more variables to consider than there are with round ones. If possible, make sure that you inspect your purchase in-person before putting money down.
This is the rectangular cut that’s traditionally used for emeralds. The tables tend to be bigger, exhibiting the clarity of the diamond – which leaves no place for a poor-quality diamond to hide.