Do you know all the shapes diamonds and gems come in? Here are the twelve most common shapes you will encounter. Remember that the shape of a stone is different than the cut. To learn more about the cut read the Diamond 101 page.
Round Brilliant Diamonds
This shape has set the standard for all other diamond shapes, and accounts for more than 75% of diamonds sold today. Its 58-facet cut, divided among its crown (top), girdle (widest part) and pavilion (base), is calibrated through a precise formula to achieve maximum brilliance.
This square or rectangular shaped diamond is a mixed cut diamond, shaped like a pillow, hence the name. This diamond combines the brilliance of a brilliant cut diamond with the beauty and elegance of an emerald shape.
This square or rectangular shape has many sparkling facets. It’s a relatively new cut and often finds its way into solitaire engagement rings. Flattering to a hand with long fingers, it is often embellished with triangular stones at its sides.
An even, perfectly symmetrical design popular among women with small hands or short fingers. Its elongated shape gives a flattering illusion of length to the hand.
This square or rectangular shape combines the elegance of the emerald shape diamond with the brilliance of the round, and its 70 facets maximize the effect of its color refraction.
This square shaped diamond is cut identical to an emerald shape, using the elegance of the stepped cut diamond, with a rectangular cut pavilion. Like the emerald shape, it shows everything. Pick carefully.
A rectangular shape with cut corners, known as a step cut because its concentric broad, flat planes resemble stair steps. Since inclusions and inferior color are more pronounced in this particular cut, you should select a stone of superior clarity and color.
An elongated shape with pointed ends. This shape is enhanced by smaller diamonds that surround the main stone.
A hybrid cut, combining the best of the ova shapel and the marquise shape, it is shaped most like a sparkling teardrop.
This ultimate symbol of romance is essentially a pear-shaped diamond with a cleft at the top. It's a heart...she’ll love it!
This newer shape is definitely for the adventurous. It may be a traditional triangular shape with pointed corners or a more rounded triangular shape with 25 facets on the crown, 19 facets on the pavilion, and a polished girdle.
This diamond is a rectangular shape with step-like facets. Baguettes come in the straight and tapered shapes most often. This diamond is hardly the center of attention, leaving it to make a great accent on the side of another beautiful shaped diamond.