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An Introduction to Different Diamond Shapes and Ring Styles

As one of Toronto’s leading names in engagement rings, wedding bands, and jewelry, we really appreciate the opportunity to work with customers trying to decide what styles work best for them. So many people come to see us without any knowledge of jewelry in general, let alone the different diamond ring styles that are available. It is our pleasure to help them understand all of the choices.

When it comes to what are considered “classic” diamond rings, the two things to consider are the shape of the diamond and the setting used to hold it. There are other non-classic designs we will not discuss in this post due to lack of space. Perhaps that is another topic for another time. With that said, let us talk about diamond cuts and settings.

 

Diamond Shapes

Since the diamond is the focal point of the ring, the chosen cut really defines the piece more than anything else. There are fewer than a dozen cuts that dominate the modern industry. They are:

asscher-cut-diamond
Asscher Cut
The asscher cut produces a square diamond with cropped corners. They are sometimes cut with stepped facets to improve the brilliance.

 

Cushion
Cushion Cut
The point of emphasis on a cushion cut diamond is the rounded corners. It can be either oval or rectangular. Cushion cuts are very popular right now

 

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Emerald Cut
This cut takes its name from a similar cut used to produce Emerald jewelry. Diamonds of this cut are usually rectangular and feature cropped corners and stepped facets.

 

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Heart Cut
Heart cut diamonds are just what the name says: stones cut in the shape of a heart.

 

Marquise
Marquise Cut
The Marquise cut produces an oval-shaped diamond with pointed corners on either end. Edges tend to not be rounded.

 

Pear
Pear Cut
Like the heart cut diamond, the pear cut gets its name from the pear shape of the finished stone.

 

Princess
Princess Cut
Princess cut diamonds are extremely popular for engagement rings. They are square diamonds with very intricate facets throughout.

 

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Round Cut
Equally popular for engagement rings is the round cut diamond. This is the classic diamond shape familiar to most people, featuring 57 facets.

 

Diamond Settings

Now that you know a bit about different diamond cuts, let us get to the settings. We will not mention all of the possibilities here, just the ones that are most common for diamond engagement rings. They are:

 

bezel-setting
Bezel Setting
The bezel setting sets the stone using a flat, thin piece of metal to hold it in place.

 

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Gypsy Setting
A unique look is created with the gypsy setting. This setting places the diamond in a recessed area so that the top is level with the surface of the band.

 

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Pave Setting
A diamond engagement ring in this setting features a primary stone surrounded by a group of smaller stones. The micro pave setting is similar but with fewer accompanying stones.

 

prong-setting
Prong Setting
The prong setting is the most common for affordable diamond rings. It uses a series of metal prongs to hold the diamond in place.

 

There are other settings to choose from including shared prong, cluster, channel and bar settings. We would be more than happy to discuss both settings and cuts with you when you visit us at Engage Diamond Studio. Your purchase of a diamond engagement ring is an important one, so we want to make sure you understand diamond ring styles before you make your choice.

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