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The 5 Most Popular Diamond Shapes for Engagement Rings

When buying a diamond ring, the shape of the diamond is one of the most important elements. Woman can be very picky when it comes to the shape of the diamond on their ring, so make sure to figure out what she likes and doesn’t like prior to making your ring purchase.

Diamond shape is different from diamond cut, though the two are often combined. When a jeweler talks about a brilliant cut diamond, she is talking about the angle at which the diamond is shaped, not whether the diamond is in a round, or square, or oval shape. You’ll often hear “this is a round brilliant cut” which tells you both the shape and the cut of the diamond. While shape isn’t technically one of the 4 c’s, it is just as important if you want your future wife to be happy with her new ring.

Some of the most famous shapes of diamonds include round, princess, emerald, radiant, and heart. You can get other gemstones, like sapphires and rubies, in these shapes as well.

The most popular diamond shapes, when buying an engagement ring for your girlfriend, are:

1. Round cut diamond
2. Princess cut diamond
3. Emerald cut diamond
4. Cushion cut diamond
5. Asscher cut diamond

Number 1, the round cut diamond, is far and away the most popular, since over 70% of diamonds purchased are round shaped. In the 21st century, other diamond shapes are starting to rise in popularity. Princess cut is the second most popular shape, and it is well above the Emerald cut in terms of popularity. Emerald, Cushion, and Asscher are all very close to round out the top 5. Narrowly escaping the top 5 are marquise, heart, radiant, and pear. These are more unique shapes that often cost more due to their lack of market demand.

One of the primary reasons that round diamonds are so popular amongst consumers is that they’ve been around for a very long time. Round diamonds were one of the first shapes created over 100 years ago, so there’s a good amount of history there, and they’ve optimized the forming of the facets of the diamond so that it has the most fire and brilliance of any diamond shape or cut.

Whether, like most boyfriends, you choose to buy a round brilliant cut diamond or not is up to you. Just make sure that you know which shape your girlfriend will like, so that she’s happy every day she looks at her ring.

Learn more about saving money while buying an engagement ring by checking out my blog at Buying the Ring. We have hundreds of tips on buying a diamond, finding the perfect setting and more!

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