Pick the Right Engagement Ring Diamond Shapes 2020
Do you know your diamonds?
Looking for an engagement ring for a proposal but not sure where to start? Or you’re planning to buy a diamond ring for your loved ones? Fret not, ZCOVA is here to guide you through your very first step to diamond shopping knowledge; Picking the right diamond shape.
Brilliant Cut vs. Step Cut Diamond
Brilliant Cut Diamond
With brilliant cutting, diamonds are cut to focus on refracting light optimally. They have symmetrical facets & pavilions angled in ways that most of the light that enters the diamond will be refracted. Round, Cushion, Marquise and Oval are examples of Brilliant Cuts.
Step Cut Diamond
The main focus of this diamond cutting is clarity rather than the refraction of light. It aims to provide a clearer and unhindered view of the diamond. Step cut diamond produces a staircase-like effect visible to the naked eye. Example of step-cut diamonds are Asscher and Emerald diamond.
CUSHION CUT DIAMOND
This cut imitates cushions, with curved edges. It has a very distinct Pavillion pattern that adds to its appeal. Through the curves and edges of this cutting, it gives a feminine appeal to the wearer. Hence, it is not surprising that this is one of the popular choices for engagement rings.
OVAL CUT DIAMOND
This cutting has an advantage of size; It is elongated, creating a bigger sized diamond visually. This helps to make the fingers looking longer and slender. Perfect as an engagement ring. Tips: Choose one that has the least Bow-Tie effect; when light did not refract properly, creating dark areas of bow-tie like.
PEAR CUT DIAMOND
The Pear cut is an antique, classical cut. The facet symmetry in the centre of this cut is what produces the fire and scintillation. This timeless design can be used as a necklace, earrings, or engagement rings. Similar to Oval, the less obvious the Bow-Tie effect, the better the diamond.
EMERALD CUT DIAMOND
A classy and elegant cutting. Its appealing strength is in the stairs or step-like shape seen from the top view. It may not be as brilliant as round cutting, but this emerald cutting is still admired by many today. The elongated shape makes the engagement ring appear larger than corresponding shapes. When choosing this cutting, clarity is crucial. Make sure it is free from inclusions to project its beauty.
RADIANT CUT DIAMOND
This cutting combines the brilliance of a round cutting with the elegance of an emerald shape. It is able to refract light comparable with a round cutting but in a lengthened shape that creates a bigger diamond visually. This is one of the cuttings that is a hybrid of brilliant-cut and step-cut.
MARQUISE CUT DIAMOND
Created in France, this cutting is perfect for those who value romance, class and antiquity. The main core of this cutting is the symmetry; All facets must come together in the centre to ensure balance inflow of light, producing optimal reflection. This narrow design can make fingers appear long and slender. Bow-Tie effect should be considered when buying this cutting.
ASSCHER CUT DIAMOND
This cutting has a very rich history that associates with royal figures. This is a step-cut diamond which cuts for more clarity than brilliance. The beauty of this cutting lies in the clean and unobstructed view when observed from the top. It maximises a raw diamond when cutting hence it costs lesser than many other diamonds. Perfect for those who are looking for a classy at reduced cost.