Baguette diamonds stepped onto the scene in the 20th century as a modern and functional cut. Today, baguette diamonds have become a popular choice for three-stone engagement rings due to their shape and average carat size.
What Is a Baguette Diamond?
A baguette diamond is a step-cut diamond commonly used as a side stone or accent stone. Baguette diamonds are long and rectangular or tapered and feature 14 facets.
“You will usually find baguettes flanking a larger center diamond in a three-stone ring,” explains Olivia Landau, a GIA-certified gemologist and founder of The Clear Cut. “They are rarely used as a center stone for an engagement ring.” But that doesn’t make them any less desirable. They are less expensive than other cuts, so they make an excellent choice for someone on a budget, and their shape gives any ring a beautiful vintage look.
Pros and Cons of Baguette Diamonds
“Cut and clarity matter more when it comes to a baguette-cut diamond,” Gemist founder and CEO Madeline Fraser tells Brides. “Baguette stones require fewer cuts than other cuts of diamonds. There are only 14 facets in a baguette-cut stone; this means that precision is important. With other stone cuts, you can get away with a lower clarity because many facets help to cover up imperfections.” If you choose a ring with baguette diamond side stones, you should make sure they match when laid side by side and that they don’t clash with the appearance of the center stone.
While baguette diamonds are often accents, that certainly doesn’t mean they can’t be the center stone. “To really show off the shape and look of the stone, the best setting is solitaire or solitaire pavé,” says Fraser. “With this setting, the baguette stone can be oriented north/south for a classic look or east/west for a more modern approach.”
Meet the Expert
- Olivia Landau is a diamond expert and the founder of The Clear Cut.
- Madeline Fraser Is the founder and CEO of Gemist, a jewelry brand crafted in Los Angeles.
- Mason Roberts is the founder of Ringagement.
What to Look for in a Baguette Diamond
- How can I tell if the ring is high quality? If you do choose a baguette as your center stone, keep this in mind: “They are not as brilliant as other popular cuts such as a round cut or even emerald cut,” cautions Mason Roberts, founder of Ringagement. “And because they don’t sparkle as well, their inclusions and color flaws are more visible.”
- How much do baguette diamond rings cost? When comparing baguette diamonds to other shapes and cuts, baguette rings are the least expensive. Baguette rings are graded based on a 4C grading scale, which means that the higher the grade, the more expensive the ring will be.
- Wearability: Due to their shapes, baguette diamonds are more prone to chipping and dulling. If the diamond does withstand damage, seek help from your jeweler immediately—the type of setting you select will also help keep your ring looking its best. The setting will also hold the diamond securely if it does have any damage.
How to Care for a Baguette Diamond Ring
You can take care of your baguette diamond the same way you would take care of any other diamond. Keep it clean with jewelry cleaner or soap and warm water, and choose a well-made setting. “Since baguettes have pointed corners, you want to make sure that when they are set, the corners are protected,” Landau adds.
History of the Baguette Diamond
The baguette diamond was introduced during the 1920s Art Deco movement. “Reminiscent of the roaring ‘20s, the baguette diamond has a vintage nostalgia that is incredibly alluring,” Fraser says. “It was named for its elongated rectangular shape after a French baguette. It’s timeless in its classic beauty—a cut that will never go out of style.”
Baguettes vs. Emeralds
You might look at a baguette and an emerald-cut diamond and see similarities. Although these are both rectangular, long step-cuts, there are differences between the two. “Emerald cuts have 50-58 facets while baguettes have 14 facets,” Landau explains. “Baguettes tend to be longer and skinnier than emerald cuts and lack the distinctive cut corners. Emerald cuts can also be found in larger carat weights and are popular center stones, while baguettes are usually smaller accent stones.”
Ahead, see 19 of the best baguette diamond rings.
Zales Multi Baguette Diamond Frame Ring
This dazzling ring shows one way of giving a baguette ring more sparkle: add a whole bunch of them. It features five sets of trios of baguettes, each trio framed with tiny round diamonds.
Brilliant Earth Vintage Diamond Baguette Ring
This vintage-inspired ring features baguette diamonds alternating with small round diamonds for a uniquely beautiful look. The band is engraved with a floral design that makes the whole ring look extra delicate.
Blue Nile Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring
This classic Blue Nile piece is a perfect example of how baguette diamonds are often used as accent pieces. Two tapered baguette diamonds accent a center diamond in your cut of choice in this timeless style.
Atelier Jewelers Fancy Baguette-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
This completely unique setting features a center baguette stone along with two small square baguette stones on the side. With its surprising cut-out style, this one is bound to stand out on your finger.
Natalie Marie Baguette Ring in Champagne Quartz
Sometimes simple is best when it comes to elegance. The Baguette Ring in Champagne Quartz proves this. The large champagne quartz stone sits at the center of the ring, while the band remains simple with no added stones. The champagne quartz stone compliments the warm tones of the gold ring.
Brilliant Earth Sines Diamond Ring
Featuring a different take on a band silhouette, this ring looks like a wave of alternating baguette rings. It gives off a more modern vibe.
Mardo K Classic Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring
Another take on a timeless style, this ring features a round center cut diamond accented by baguette diamonds on either side. The band is lined with smaller round diamonds to give it extra sparkle.
Ashley Zhang Adela Engagement Ring
Most emerald center cuts face north/south, but this one features a pleasing east/west design so it sits differently on your finger. The center diamond is flanked with east/west baguettes to complete the look.
Harry Winston Baguette Cut Single Diamond Wedding Band
Decidedly less sparkly and featuring a more modern design, the star of this Harry Winston band is the small baguette diamond directly in the center. It’s bezel set in a platinum band.
Bario Neal Custom Pear Cut Angled Diamond Ring
A refreshingly different cluster ring, this one features a tapered baguette diamond accenting a center pear cut diamond. The straight baguette style is a surprisingly nice accent to the pear cut.
Ashley Zhang Asscher Cut Gypsy Engagement Ring
For those who aren’t looking for a classic band, there’s this ring. Inspired by gypsy rings from the Victorian era, it features a wide band with a stunning Asscher-cut diamond flanked by two baguettes.
V. Barboné Berry Ring Bezel Set Baguette Diamond Berry Ring
Made in NYC, this authentic vintage wedding band features a center bezel-set baguette diamond. There's three flanking baguettes on each side that taper off at different heights throughout the band.
Bario Neal Custom Trillion Cut Diamond and Yellow Sapphire Ring
You don’t often see an engagement ring featuring a triangular setting, but this one shows that it works. A center trillion diamond is surrounded by four baguettes that form a triangular shape and are separated by small yellow sapphires.
Laura Preshong Henrietta Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring
Inspired by the Empire Era, this gorgeous ring is all about the baguette cut. It features five north/south baguette diamonds flanked by two east/west baguette diamonds for a truly unique silhouette.
James Allen 14K White Gold Baguette And Round Zig Zag Diamond Ring
The baguette diamonds on this ring are masterfully placed in different directions, which makes the pattern on the ring unique. There are also small rounded diamonds in between to add exceptional brilliance around the entire length of the ring.
Gorjana Diamond and White Topaz Ring Set
Stacking rings are having a moment. If you're looking to have a stacked engagement ring, opt for his diamond and white topaz set. The gold mixed with the diamonds, sparkles every time it catches the light. The stones are also simple, and not bulky, making them perfect for everyday wear.
Artemer Studio Gradient Baguette Diamond Ring
Set with five asymmetrical baguette diamonds, this ring is modern and sleek. According to Love Audry Rose, the ring's design was inspired by art deco and the clean lines associated with the style.
Stone and Strand Up And Down Baguette Diamond Line Band
Baguette rings always have unique designs that catch your attention. Although this ring is minimal in design, the baguette diamonds form an intricate pattern that details the front of the band.
James Allen 14K Yellow Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring
This ring has a classic design with a stone at the center of the ring, and tapered baguette diamonds. You have the option to add more baguette stones to the ring, depending on your budget and the design you're looking for.