While each diamond is unique, most stones on the market today come in one of the common shapes listed below. Each diamond shape has its own signature appeal, and each requires special care to ensure it stays shining just like the day you bought it.
Let’s look into some of the most common diamond shapes and how to ensure your jewellery stays in the best condition possible.
Common Diamond Shapes and How to Care for Them
Round diamonds have 57-58 facets and are renowned for their timeless appearance, versatility and durability. This cut works well in a variety of ring settings, and is especially loved by those who love classic pieces of jewellery.
Jewellery Care Tip: Round diamonds are considered more durable than other shapes, yet claw settings are still vulnerable to snagging and damage.
After the round cut, the princess is the next most popular for engagement rings. This square cut works well for both traditional settings and more modern pieces.
Jewellery Care Tip: Avoid using a steam cleaner when you’re wearing your princess cut diamond because the steam may loosen the stone in its setting.
The cushion cut resembles the princess cut but has rounded sides, much like a pillow. Today, this cut is often considered antique in its appearance, and there is more variability in the standards of the cuts than in many other diamond shapes.
Jewellery Care Tip: Occasionally use a high-quality liquid jewellery cleaner to maintain your cushion-cut’s radiance.
Emerald-cut diamonds are technically interesting because they have step-like facets that can reveal any inclusions the stone might have. It’s a one-of-a-kind shape that requires perfect craftsmanship in its construction.
Jewellery Care Tip: Try to avoid knocking your emerald-cut diamond against other hard surfaces. While it’s true that diamonds are hard stones, they’re not immune to chips and cracks.
The Asscher is essentially a square emerald cut, and although it’s a vintage shape, it has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. With between 58 and 74 facets, this cut is sophisticated and brilliant, and is often more expensive than some of the other diamond shapes.
Jewellery Care Tip: The cut of an Asscher diamond has a “clean” look to it, and smudges and residue may be more obvious on these diamonds than on other cuts. Care for your Asscher diamond with regular cleanings at home (see instructions below).
Heart-shaped diamonds are unique and especially appropriate for engagement rings. An unmistakable token of love, it’s also popular for solitaire pendants.
Jewellery Care Tip: Heart-shaped diamonds tend to be prone to chips, especially at the point of the heart, so remove it when you play sports or perform heavy work with your hands.
With an elongated body and pointed sides, marquise-cut diamonds often look larger than they really are.
Jewellery Care Tip: Because of its beautiful points, a marquise diamond is more fragile than diamonds of other shapes; store it in velvet when you’re not wearing it.
Oval diamonds can have as many facets as round-cut diamonds, which means they offer maximised fire, brilliance and scintillation. Oval diamonds look sophisticated and appear in many different setting styles.
Jewellery Care Tip: Avoid wearing your oval-cut diamond while cleaning with abrasive chemicals. These cleansers can dull your stone’s lustre.
Also known as the teardrop, the pear cut is rounded on one side and pointed on the other. In other words, pears combine the shapes of a marquise and a round diamond. This unique shape is beautiful and eye-catching.
Jewellery Care Tip: Pear-shaped diamonds look fantastic, but their pointed corner can be prone to chipping if it hasn’t been set by an experienced jeweller.
Radiant diamonds are cut in a way that makes them particularly brilliant. A cross between a princess and a cushion cut, the radiant has an arrangement of facets that maximises sparkle.
Jewellery Care Tip: Avoid wearing your radiant diamond while you’re swimming. Chlorine can dull the stone’s radiance.
How to Care for Your Diamond
Besides removing your ring when it could be damaged, there are several simple ways to care for your diamond.
Clean your diamond regularly. Gently drop your diamond ring into a mug of warm water with a few drops of dish soap. After letting it sit for a few minutes or even overnight, brush it gently with a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse it and allow it to dry.
Check the prongs on your setting once a year. Regular wear and tear can cause the setting to loosen up over time. Have your ring checked by your jeweller once a year to make sure all the elements are secure. If you notice that any of the prongs are shorter than the rest, take it into your jeweller right away.
Consider resizing. If your ring is consistently loose on your finger, you might want to consider having it resized. A loose ring gets knocked around more than it should, and your diamond could be damaged in the process.
Consider Engagement Ring Insurance
Just as you make sure you have current car insurance when you leave the dealer, we recommend that you consider ring insurance before you walk your new diamond out of the jeweller. Find out how little it costs to protect your diamond engagement ring by getting an instant online Q Report quote today.