One of the most important decisions to be made when purchasing an engagement ring is the cut, or shape, of the gem. Most people select their cut based on personal preference, but what does your favorite cut say about you?
Types of Cuts
There are endless possibilities when it comes to choosing a shape, but we're going to focus on the top seven: round, princess, oval, cushion, emerald, marquise, and pear. Whether you prefer a smooth symmetrical shape like a round or oval cut, something sharp like a princess, emerald, or marquise, or a cushion or pear that falls somewhere in between, one of these styles is sure to fit your fancy—and teach you something about yourself along the way.
The most popular cut is round, and for good reason. This classic, simple design is made to show off the sparkle of your selected gem; its 360-degree symmetrical design promotes light return, making your gem really shine. Round cuts are perfect for people who love elegance, simplicity, and tradition.
After the round cut, the princess cut is the second most popular choice. The princess cut's square shape promotes the same sparkle as the round cut, but with the added unique and sleek sharp edges. If you prefer the princess cut, you're probably a fan of excitement and spontaneity.
For those who find the round cut too plain, the oval cut is the next step up. This cut offers a unique twist on the round cut that still promotes that critical sparkle, and the elongated shape can accentuate long, slender fingers. Fans of oval cuts are creative and individualistic, but still love the classics.
The cushion cut is a square cut similar to the princess, but with rounded corners and larger facets. Also known as the pillow cut, this cut gives your gem a softer appeal while reflecting light in a dazzling kaleidoscope that will catch everyone's eye. If you're a fan of tradition, dependence, and elegance, then the cushion cut is perfect for you.
As its name suggests, the emerald cut calls back to the typical cut of an emerald. This type of cut falls into the step cut family with its long facets and layered corners. The long, clean center of the cut emphasizes the clarity of the gem, and is known for its precise cuts and beauty. For those who want to draw the eye with a sophisticated statement piece, the emerald cut is the way to go.
This unique cut takes the oval cut to the next level with two points on the ends of the elongated side. The marquise cut maintains the sparkle of the oval cut but sets itself apart with its unique points. Also known as the football cut and eye cut, the marquise is perfect for the creative, larger-than-life personality who is unafraid to show the world just how glamorous they are.
A marquise cut with just one point, the pear cut resembles a delicate teardrop. The pear cut crosses the marquise and oval cuts to create a unique blend of uniqueness and tradition perfect for anyone with an insatiable hunger for adventure.
The shape you choose for your centerpiece will impact the rest of the design of your engagement ring, so it's important to find the right one for you. Regardless of what cut is right for you, Cut Fine Jewelers is here to help create the perfect ring for you.