It’d be easy for fiancées-to-be if each diamond shape had equal market share. A woman wouldn’t have to worry about her engagement ring becoming outdated by next year if that were the case. Fortunately, Albert’s Diamond Jewelers keeps its finger on the pulse of the diamond market and trends among women (it’s in our name, after all!), so we’re perfectly positioned to help guide you toward the diamond shapes that are not only gorgeous, but super popular!
The round-cut diamond continues to dominate the world of diamond shapes, and there’s no sign that it’ll be dethroned anytime soon. If you’re looking for a ring whose stylishness won’t diminish over time, you may prefer leaning toward a round-cut diamond engagement ring. The round cut is distinguished by its compact shape and the 57 facets designed to make this shape the most scintillating and fiery of all.
However, because of the round cut’s popularity and its relative inefficiency to produce, diamantaires can command a premium for their round-cut diamonds.
The runner-up for most popular diamond shape is the striking princess cut. Defined by its square shape and pyramidal facets, the princess cut is one of the most modern diamond shapes, having been invented in the early 70s. If you’re looking for a shape whose popularity is paired with its contemporary chic and bold angles, you may prefer a princess-cut engagement ring.
If the princess cut is your choice, remember that its angles are vulnerable to sharp blows. Bezels, burnishing, chevron prongs, and channel settings are ideal for protecting this lovely diamond.
There are two big reasons why women select a marquise diamond ring. First, it’s one of the most unique diamond shapes. There’s no shape that quite compares to the curves and points of the marquise cut. While this shape has been relegated to side-stone status for centuries, it’s now taking its place as a magnificent center stone. Second, because of its length, marquise cuts appear significantly larger than a comparably sized round cut, and they create the illusion of a slenderer finger.
Do keep in mind, however, that the length of the marquise cut causes the points on either end to jut out—and those points are just as vulnerable as the princess cut’s when it comes to snagging or snapping.
The cushion-cut diamond has never had the sheer market dominance of the round cut, but it stays at the top of the list of the most popular diamonds because it’s a charmingly feminine shape that always makes the news—because of its ability to show off color, it’s almost always the shape of choice for fashionistas and celebrities with a glitzy engagement ring. Cushion cuts can, unlike other shapes, be easily modified to have a different appearance, which makes them a versatile choice. They’re also significantly cheaper than a round-cut diamond.
If you’re leaning toward a cushion-cut engagement ring, though, remember that the sheer diversity of cuts and facets that can be labeled “cushion cut” opens the door to variants that you may not appreciate. Always, always make sure that you visually inspect a cushion-cut diamond before purchasing it.
If you’d like to learn more about the GIA-certified diamond shapes we offer at Albert’s Diamond Jewelers, don’t hesitate to contact us at our showrooms: (219)-322-2700 for Schererville, Indiana or (219)-769-1976 for Merrillville, Indiana.