Princess, Asscher and Marquise. And I am not referring to possible names of your girlfriend’s kids. I am talking about shapes, diamond shapes that is, and that is just to name a few. Choosing the right shape for you should depend on your own personal style, budget and sometimes the shape of your fingers.
Let’s say your deciding factor is the $$$$. Then you may focus your attention on the emerald and princess cuts. These shapes tend to be more affordable than that of asscher or heart shape. Hello, I said affordable, not cheap. The affordability comes because the extra sparkle tends to hide flaws very well and it is the least affordable to create…hence, affordable ring.
What if you have small hands and shorter fingers. If this is you, then you may favor an oval or pear shaped diamond because it tends to give the illusion of more elongated fingers. Or maybe you are just a big pile of mush and are looking for a truly romantic shape. Then check out the the heart shape diamond. Many call this shape the most romantic of all shapes.
OH, and let’s not forget the majority, those looking for whatever shape that will give the biggest shine. Then you may want to check into the round shapes (this shape accounts for 75% of all the diamonds sold today). Are we surprised, NO!. Who wouldn’t want that extra bling.
Whatever your deciding factor is for choosing the right shape, make sure you do the research and try on as many as possible (well that is if you are a part of the choosing process). In the meantime, below are a few samples of some of the more popular shapes (I have marked my favorites with asterisks..hint hint).
* As much as I love and adore diamonds, I would encourage you always consult a reputable jeweler who belongs to the Jewelers of America Organization, to ensure you are not purchasing a “Conflict or Blood Diamond“. As precious as this stone is, it is certainly NOT worth a persons life.