Understanding diamond shapes

The first step to choosing a diamond is selecting from one of the major diamond shapes available. This step of the diamond buying process is one of the easiest and it is strictly dependent upon personal preference. Round brilliant stones are the most popular and are thought to be the quintessential diamond shape. It is important not to confuse diamond shape with diamond cut. One shape is not necessarily better than another is. For each shape, the cut can range from ideal to poor, meaning that the amount of refraction and dispersion of light ranges from ideal to poor.

round brilliant diamond
round
princess cut diamond
princess
emerald cut diamond
emerald
radiant cut diamond
radiant
asscher cut diamond
asscher
oval cut diamond
oval
marquise diamond
marquise
heart shape diamond
heart
pear shape diamond
pear
cushion cut diamond
cushion
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