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What are the different diamond shapes and styles?

What are the different diamond shapes and styles?

Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes, but many would like to know more about cuts and styles. This article will shed some light on the dark corners of those with that curiosity.
The first and by far the most vastly used cut is the round cut. Accounting for 3/4th's of all diamond cuts, it's so popular due to its ability to refract light better than other cuts. Another very popular cut akin to the round cut, is the princess diamond cut. This is prominently used for engagement rings for its very flexible style and ability to pair well in almost any ring setting.
Oval cuts are another style that diamonds can be cut to. This particular style creates an elongated effect, which at certain angles can make the diamond actually seem like it's bigger than what it really is. A similar style to this is the marquise diamond cut. It's like the oval, but takes on more of a football shape than a true oval. Because of the unique shape, it has one of the largest surface areas of any diamond cut carat for carat. Also like the oval cut, the shape adds an elongating effect that makes it seem larger than it really is.
Pear shaped diamond cuts are a combination of the round cut style, and the marquise style, and feature the iconic point at one end. These diamonds are known for their beautiful symmetry and elegant look. Cushion cut diamonds are a combination cut too, featuring a squared cut with more rounded edges and corners. Somewhat resembling a pillow, this classic style has been around for a couple centuries, and used to be one of the most popular styles.
Emerald cut diamonds are like a long, chiseled table that's meant to produce a "hall of mirrors" effect. Instead of focusing on light refraction, it is more suited towards the look of the plane itself. The Asscher cut diamond is very similar to the emerald cut, but features a smaller plane, and more chiseled table so to speak. Keeping true to the square shape, it was essentially the precursor to the emerald cut.
There really are many different types of diamond styles, but the best thing to remember is that they are all diamonds, so finding a cut that fits you is worthwhile.

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