What are the Shapes of a Diamond?

Different shapes have different psychological effects; after all, it’s in human nature to find solace in symmetry and shapes. That’s the same reason for there being so many diamond shapes. Each diamond shape has a certain effect and a certain vibe attached to it, and we as humans perceive it even if on a subconscious level.

Diamonds come in many exquisite shapes like oval, round, and other geometric shapes. And there are some shapes that are pure art like heart shape and pear shape.
Let me answer one of the most frequently asked questions:

Diamond shape vs. diamond cut - is it the same?

Let’s get one thing clear, diamond cut is different from diamond shape, although some particular shapes have particular cuts.
Makes sense?
In simple words, diamond cut depends on the angles, the facets, and other factors, while a diamond shape is simply how a diamond appears, what its boundary line showcases.

Different Shapes of Diamond

Usually, diamonds are divided into 12 different shapes, with each having certain characteristics that make it unique from others.
So without further ado, let’s get started.

  • Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds: As I had mentioned, some diamond shapes have particular cuts, and it’s made even more clear by this diamond shape. The most popular diamond shape that has excellent reflective properties. A round diamond ring will remain ageless and shiny even after decades of wearing it.
  • Princess Cut Diamonds: 2nd most popular shape in diamonds with excellent shine and reflective properties, almost as good as round brilliant cut diamonds. These diamonds come in a square shape, but if you want, you can buy a rectangular shape as well.
  • Emerald Cut Diamonds: This shape of diamonds came into being when the diamond was cut into emerald shape to make it unique from other shapes. Like previous shapes, this one is also very reflective due to its big surface. Similar to princess cut diamonds, emerald cut diamonds are available in square and rectangular shapes.
  • Cushion Cut Diamonds: Someone thought, let’s cut the edges of a square diamond and cushion cut diamond was formed. Its primary shape is of a square with round edges. Its specific cuts make it lit, which is a fancy way to say that it shines from the inside when light falls on it.
  • Asscher Cut Diamonds: Asscher brothers invented this shape out of thin air in 1902, and then it got lost in time. Now it’s regaining popularity due to its unique layered design. Light seems to be trapped inside the layers giving it a very unique and dazzling look.
  • Pear Shaped Diamond: A diamond cut in the shape of a perfectly symmetrical pear. That’s pretty much it for this shape, other than its importance in rings. If worn properly, the pointed side will be towards the heart of the wearer, and I guess that’s something.
  • Oval Diamonds: An elongated round shaped diamond with almost the same brilliance as an actual round diamond. This shape is unique on its own and gives the bearer an exclusive experience.
  • Heart Shaped Diamond: A symbol of love, heart shaped diamonds are well-suited as gifts for loved ones. If inside a ring or a pendant, this brilliant diamond will be with you for a long time, showcasing the love of the giver.
  • Radiant Cut Diamonds: As the name suggests, this shape is pretty radiant and is only second in brilliance to a round diamond. With its intricate facets and layers, this diamond has been popular amongst diamond buyers from all over the world since 1980.
  • Marquise Diamond: This diamond was made in the shape of King Louis XIV’s wife’s mouth. A pretty interesting fact. This exquisite shape has retained its popularity over the years due to the delightful appeal.
  • Baguette Diamond: Imagine a rectangle with double boundary lines; that’s what this shape is all about. The elongated shape gives it a clean look that’s mostly absent in other shapes.
  • Trillion Diamond: A truly unique shape that’s nothing like what we’ve discussed until now. You have to see this diamond to appreciate its design and brilliance.

Have a look at the common different diamond shapes:

James Allen - Round Diamond
James Allen - Princess Diamond
James Allen - Oval Diamond
James Allen - Emerald Diamond
James Allen - Cushion Diamond
James Allen - Asscher Diamond
James Allen - Heart Diamond
James Allen - Marquise Diamond

That’s it for the type of shapes, except for one major thing, their price impact!

Diamond shapes tend to have an impact on the price per carat, like round shaped diamonds would be more expensive than any other shape due to high demand and high manufacturing cost. In general, Round diamonds are the most expensive, the second place holders are Marquise, Asscher comes in third, after these we have, in order, Heart, Princess, Pear, Oval, and Cushion shaped diamonds.

However, you need to see other factors, too, as they will play an important role in determining the price of a diamond as well:
Diamond Cut, Diamond Color, Diamond Clarity and the Diamonds Carat Weight.