The Shape Of You: Finding Your Perfect Diamond Shape

Diamond rings come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Find your perfect Engagement Ring at Buchroeders. 


Diamond Shape


When it comes to finding your diamond, shopping by shape is a smart way to get into the ins and out’s of what you want in a diamond ring. Diamonds come in all shapes & sizes, and their price reflects based on the 4 C’s: Cut, Clarity, Carat Weight, and Color. 

There is no “good” or “bad” diamond. Diamonds should be selected from attraction and what appeals to your eye. What you like might be completely different than what someone else likes, which is one of the beautiful things about diamonds! Diamonds are a universally beautiful item, but what makes a diamond exceptional is in the eye of its beholder. 

To start you off right on your diamond journey, we’ve broken down some common diamond shapes and why we love these diamond options. 

Classic Round Diamonds

A round diamond will never go out of style. It is the most classic of diamond shapes and is always a winner. A round diamond is stunning as a solitaire but can also be enhanced by a halo. 


Round diamonds represent almost two-thirds of all diamonds sold. When looking at round diamonds, carefully consider the cut. A well-cut round diamond will be the most brilliant, while a cut that is too deep, or too shallow, will dull the diamond’s sparkle, or brilliance, as we call it in the diamond world. 

After you’ve found the perfect round diamond, you’ll start to take a look at the diamond setting. For a timeless, minimalist setting, a round diamond looks stunning as a solitaire, but that is certainly not the only option!

Modern Oval Diamonds

Ovals are both traditional and super trendy! When looking at an oval, be conscious of its Length and Width Ratio and overall diamond cut. An oval is an excellent choice for the diamond lover who likes a traditional round diamond, but enjoys a slight touch of modern, or wants an illusion of a bigger diamond. 


With the proper ratio, an oval diamond can give the illusion of a larger carat weight than a traditional round diamond. An oval diamond can also give the illusion of a longer, more slender finger, a strange fact, but true! This is often the desired effect. 

Again, the setting is always up to you, and there are so many options. One that we love for an oval diamond is a collar halo. Read more about it in our halo article.


Radiant and Princess Diamonds

Both Radiant Cut and Princess Cut Diamonds are cut with brilliant facets which in laymen’s terms, make them sparkly! The science behind it is these diamonds are cut in a specific way to capture more light. More light equals more shine and therefore, more sparkle! 


Princess-cut diamonds were made popular because the cut is a good use of the diamond crystal, and less of the diamond is lost when it’s cut to shape. Princess-cut diamonds may be a little less expensive than traditional round diamonds. Princess diamonds were popularized in the 1960s and 1970s, and the style was nearly nonexistent before that time period.


Marquise-Shaped Engagement Rings and Pear-Shaped Engagement Rings

Although pear diamonds rank on the popularity scale closer to an oval cut diamond, we wanted to talk about these diamonds together because of their similarities. Both pear diamonds and marquise diamondspear  give your finger a thinner and longer appearance. As mentioned with oval diamonds, this is the desired effect sought after by those wanting to add a natural grace to their hands. 


Pear and Marquise diamonds might be a more affordable option compared to a traditional round or even a princess-cut diamond. 

Marquise diamonds were popularized in the 18th century by a jeweler of King Louis XV. It is noted that King Louis wanted to create a diamond that resembled the lips of his mistress Jean Antoinette Poisson. 

Before the marquise was popularized in the 18th century, the pear-shaped, or tear-drop-shaped diamond was introduced as early as the 1400s by a Flemish jeweler by the name of Lodewyk Van Berchem. Is was the goal of creating a pear-shaped diamond was the same goal many jewelers are after today. Maximum sparkle.



Pave Bands

Pave Bands are a great enhancement for those who love a little extra sparkle. Pave bands feature small diamonds along the band of the ring. The term pave comes from French and translates to “paved”. Pave Bands represent a paved or cobblestone road. 

Pave bands are still a great option for the bride who prefers a minimal-style ring because the diamonds in the band are small enough not to take away from the center stone. 

Halo Engagement Rings

Halo Engagement Rings are a popular option when looking for a diamond. Halos can double the surface area of your diamond, which means you can have a smaller-carat weight diamond, which is an excellent cut and give the illusion of a bigger stone. 

Halos come in different sizes and shapes! Check out our posts all about halos here. Halos can be applied to any of the diamond shapes offered at Buchroeder’s if you have an idea, we can make it happen!

Three Stone Rings

Another common enhancement we see our clients opt for is a three-stone ring, instead of a single-center diamond. Three-stone engagement rings represent a couple’s journey together, past, present, and future. 

Make sure to read our post featuring some of our favorite three-stone engagement rings

Whatever shape you choose, enhancements are always available to help you achieve the desired effect you’re after. 

Buchroeders is dedicated to making sure that your diamond is exactly what you want it to be. We offer all of our clients a “Gotta Love It Guarantee” to ensure that the ring you have, is the ring you love. If you don’t absolutely love it, we’ll find the one you do. 

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