KNOW YOUR CUTS
CHOOSING THE PERFECT ENGAGEMENT RING STARTS WITH FINDING THE RIGHT CUT. HERE’S OUR GUIDE TO THE KEY STONE STYLES.
It was hugely popular during the Art Deco movement, when its parallel lines and uncluttered appearance complemented the designs of the time. Even now, it remains a timeless, elegant cut that emphasises a diamond’s clarity and colour.
This style accounts for about three-quarters of all diamonds sold – and it’s easy to see why. The angle of every facet has been calculated to reflect the most light, which creates a dazzling effect with even the slightest movement.
Meaning the brightest star in a constellation, the Lucida cut was frst introduced by Tiffany & Co. back in 1999, after decades of development. It remains popular today, and is available in square and rectangular styles, both of which make for a stunning look.
Invented in the early 1960s, it is made using a cut very similar to the round brilliant and creates a stone of remarkable beauty, fre and scintillation.
A very flattering diamond in the shape of a water drop, with a sweeping curve that tapers to a fne point. The pear-cut diamond is unique and impressive, without being ostentatious.
With its sharp, uncut corners, unique faceting style and clean lines, this is the second-most popular cut of diamond.
Essentially an emerald cut in square form, but with a stronger geometric look, it’s a cool, casual style of diamond. It has bright, expansive facets, thanks to the stepped cutting style.
A graceful, romantic cut – a heart-shaped diamond makes an elegant alternative to a round brilliant cut.
Typically a square-shaped diamond with rounded corners, this style has been around for at least 200 years. While the classic version is usually square, cushioncut diamonds can also be found in slightly rectangular shapes.