The Difference Between Diamond Shapes, Cutting Styles And Cut Quality

Before you start shopping for an engagement ring, you should understand the difference between a diamond’s shape, its cutting style, and its cut quality. Shape describes a diamond’s outline when viewed face-up. By far, the most popular diamond shape is round. But there are other shapes—known as fancy shapes—which include the marquise, pear, oval, rectangle, square, and heart.

Cutting Style

Cutting style refers to how the diamond’s facets are arranged. For example, round diamonds’ most common facet arrangement is the standard brilliant cutting style with a specific collection of 57 or 58 elements. Other cutting types include the emerald cut, a square or rectangular shape categorized by four more extended facets along the sides (step cuts) and beveled corners. A radiant cut diamond also has a square or rectangular shape but is cut in a brilliant style.

Cut Quality

Cut quality refers to how well a diamond’s facets interact with light. Diamonds cut in the same shape and style can vary in table size, girdle thickness, polish, and symmetry. These differences affect their face-up appearances and will impact their cut quality.

Halo Diamonds

Tiny diamonds encircle the center stone. A halo can add more sparkle to an engagement ring and make the center stone look larger. Beautiful halo engagement rings Dallas set in white and rose gold makes the center round brilliant in this engagement ring appear more extensive.

The type of metal you pick for an engagement ring band affects the overall look of the piece. White gold and platinum have been popular for several years, and both make for a sleek, modern look. They are also good choices for diamonds graded in the colorless to near-colorless ranges–D through J on the GIA color scale—as they highlight the diamond’s colorlessness. Setting one of these diamonds in yellow prongs would cause the diamond to look more yellowish in appearance.

If you love the color of gold, consider that white metal prongs or bezels are often integrated into yellow gold bands to create contrast with the diamond. Rose gold is trending, has a warm and soothing appearance, and was a popular choice for engagement rings from the Retro era (1935 to the 1950s).

Here is some important information on these metals:


Platinum is a gray-white metal that is elegant, extremely durable, and corrosion-resistant. Because platinum is soft in its pure state, it is typically alloyed with other metals such as iridium, ruthenium, and cobalt, the most popular alloys in the U.S.


Gold has been used in jewelry for thousands of years. It enchants because of its color, rarity, and luster (the appearance of a material’s surface in reflected light). Like platinum, pure gold is soft, so it is typically alloyed with other metals. Karat is the term used to state gold’s fineness, which is based on 24 parts.

Decide how much to spend.

The bottom line: Spend as much as you think is appropriate.

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