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    February 16, 2016
    Popular Diamond Shapes

    5 Popular Diamond Shapes for Engagement Rings

    When you think of a diamond ring, what do you think of shape wise? Diamonds are not mounted in their natural shape and very few diamonds are cut in a “diamond” shape. Instead, diamond cutters and jewelers utilize popular trends to help stones look their best when they are set into the ring. Here are five of the most popular shapes—that you will find in both modern and vintage rings. Check out some of your favorite rings and more than likely you will notice that your diamond is one of these five shapes.


    The round cut, sometimes called a brilliant cut, is the most popular shape of diamond today. The reason for the popularity of a round shaped cut is that it works naturally with the stone to get the most “sparkle” and fire from the diamond. If you like the round cut, you will want to choose a high-quality stone so that you are bringing out more natural brilliance.

    Princess Cut

    The princess cut is a square or rectangular cut diamond. While this was even more common in vintage rings, it is still very popular today. The color and sheen of the diamond is most obvious in the center of the stone with this cut.

    Marquise Cut

    This cut is an excellent way to maximize the appearance of a diamond’s caret weight. It has a long, slender look that looks great with particular settings and may work better on certain fingers (and wedding sets) than others.

    Cushion Cut

    Also called a pillow cut, the cushion cut is a timeless cut. It is a square or rectangle cut with softer, rounded corners. It allows for the brilliance and clarity of the stone to show and is ideal for larger stones.

    Emerald Cut

    Unlike the other cuts on this list, the emerald cut is an optical illusion of sorts. It has “step cuts” or facets cut into the stone, making clarity more apparent than it might otherwise be with a straight cut.

    Whether you have a ring that is one of these popular shapes, something more exotic, or you are not sure exactly what you have, there may come a time that you want to sell your diamond ring. You don’t have to go through the process alone! Call or contact us at Roy Herlz Jewelers today. We would love to work with you and help you get the best price for your ring (or any other jewelry). We are a New York favorite, and dedicated to customer service whether you are buying or selling.


    We are interested in all kinds of precious jewelry, particularly diamonds of a carat or more. Please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment.

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