With so many different diamond shapes to choose from, it can be tough to know exactly what engagement rings will be most pleasing to your love. From round cuts to marquise, emerald cuts and princess, the perfect engagement ring is out there. Becoming knowledgeable about the different cuts of diamonds can help you have a better idea which one will make her eyes sparkle as brilliantly as the diamond you’ve chosen.

Round Cut

The classic round diamond is one of the most popular choices for engagement rings. With about 75% of engagement rings featuring this cut, it’s a simple choice that’s tough to beat. Round diamonds are so popular because the shape tends to enhance the fire and sparkle naturally present in the stone, as well as serving to hide slight imperfections. This is easily the most dazzling of the diamond shapes. The woman who wears it knows the difference between the trend of the moment, and classic, matchless style.

Princess Cut

The princess cut is also a very popular cut for an engagement ring. Its square, angular dimensions serve to create a fiery sparkle that is matched only by the round cut. The princess cut stone is the second-most popular among engagement ring stones. Princess cut stones are available both in completely square and rectangular shapes, and the play of fire at the corners makes them exceptionally beautiful. It’s the perfect choice for your lady if she respects the past, but looks forward to the future with yearning. It’s a modern cut for an engagement ring that combines bold geometry and classic style.

Emerald Cut

The emerald cut is fairly self-explanatory. It’s cut exactly the same as traditional emeralds and has a rectangular shape with beveled corners; it’s both sleek and elegant. Emerald cut diamonds aren’t as fiery as some other cuts, but they do showcase the beauty of a stone that is flawless, or nearly so. Because the cut is meant to show off the clarity of the stone, rather than to emit the fiery sparkle typically found in diamonds, it has historically been preferred by those with the means to purchase large, nearly flawless stones. Now, however, it is the perfect cut for the lady who is classically elegant; one who knows that sparkle and flair aren’t always the most important attributes of beauty.

Marquise Cut

Marquise diamonds have an elongated, tapered oval shape that works perfectly as the center stone of an engagement ring. Marquise diamonds have the added benefit of carrying the largest size per carat weight of any diamond shape. This makes them perfect for an engagement ring that looks larger than it really is, as well as making the fingers appear longer and more elegant. The marquise cut is an excellent way to give her a breathtaking engagement ring without breaking the bank. Its history makes it appealing, too: the cut was commissioned by France’s King Louis XIV for his lady love. It may be the perfect shape for your lady love, too, especially if she believes her hands could look more elegant. Of course, you know she’s a little bit crazy…her hands are perfect, just like the rest of her.

Choosing an Engagement Ring

One of the most important things to keep in mind when choosing the perfect ring is that she loves you, and she will love the ring you choose for her. Finding the perfect ring for your perfect love isn’t as difficult as it may seem; it just takes a bit of time, some deep thought, and a desire to make her as deliriously happy as she’s made you.

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