If you're searching for (or designing) an engagement ring, the best place to start is diamond shape - do you love a classic shape like round or princess, an art deco aesthetic like asscher or emerald cut, an elongated shape like pear, marquise, or oval, or something completely outside the box like a hexagon, kite, or coffin cut? Overwhelmed yet? Keep reading for an overview on every diamond shape - why we love them + how to choose!
Once you've narrowed down which shape(s) you like best, read our in-depth guide on that stone shape to learn the ins and outs of picking the biggest, most beautiful diamond in your budget for that particular diamond shape.
Cut vs shape
Ok, here’s where it gets confusing. While you'll see these terms used interchangeably, ‘cut’ and ‘shape’ actually mean completely different things. Diamond shape refers to the literal shape of the diamond (round, oval, hexagon), whereas cut refers to the attributes of a diamond's cut like proportion, facets, and polish. So, even though you'll see diamond shapes named princess cut and asscher cut, they're actually talking about diamond shape not cut.
Hint: read our blog on diamond cut for more on that topic!