Heart-Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings: The Complete Guide

Blue Nile Petite Sapphire and Diamond Pavé Heart Ring

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Long ago, in the 16th century, Mary Queen of Scots sent a glistening gift to Elizabeth I as a metaphorical olive branch—it was a heart-shaped diamond ring. This romantic symbol of love is a diamond cut you don’t see often for engagement rings but due to its old-world roots and artful design, the heart-shaped silhouette is worth a second look.

What Is a Heart-Shaped Diamond?

A heart-shaped diamond comprises five distinctive areas (cleft, lobe, belly, wing, and point) all of which outline the silhouette of a heart. Achieving a heart shape usually begins with a larger diamond at least one-half carat in size, according to the Gemology Institute of America.

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History of the Heart-Shaped Diamond

According to the Cape Town Diamond Museum, the heart-shaped diamond dates back to the late 1400s, a time when this shape was regarded as symbolic of royalty. In 1463, the Duke of Milan described a diamond as heart-shaped, and it has been sought after ever since. Modern-day adopters of this whimsical stone silhouette include celebrities like Lady Gaga and Niki Minaj.

What to Look for in a Heart-Shaped Diamond

Symmetry is of the utmost importance with a heart-shaped diamond, however, there is some wiggle room. “While the standard ‘preferred’ ratio is 1:1, meaning the length and width are nearly identical in measurements, many find they prefer a slightly different profile,” James Allen Co-Founder James Schultz tells Brides. “Do you like a taller heart shape or do you like a wider heart shape? There’s flexibility.”

Meet the Expert

James Schultz is the Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer for James Allen.

Due to the heart’s unique shape, “it is recommended to have a V tip prong at the point of a heart shape, as this area is more prone to damage,” Schultz says. “It’s also a good idea to have a five-prong setting securing your heart shape. The style of the shank and whether you want a solitaire, something vintage, or a halo of glittering diamonds outlining your stone is up to you.”

As for inclusions, Schultz explains that it depends on how the stone has been faceted and where the inclusion is located. “Inclusions may be easier to detect in the direct center of the stone under the table, whereas an inclusion near the point might be hidden due to the sparkle,” he says. As well, because the color is often concentrated on the points, “if you are considering a heart diamond that is J-K or lower you may notice that this area has more warmth compared to the center.”

With regards to price, “heart cuts can be more affordable than a brilliant-cut, however, you may not have as large of a selection to choose from—especially in higher carat weights,” Schultz says.

How to Care for Your Heart-Shaped Diamond

Similar to how you’d care for your other precious stones, Schultz recommends removing your jewelry before sleeping, showering, exercising, and swimming. “Regular inspections and cleanings are helpful to make sure that your prongs are in place and the gem has not encountered any damage,” he adds.

To help you find your dream heart-shaped engagement ring, here are our favorite heart-cut rings for every style and budget.

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Kataoka Curved Bleeding Heart Ring

Kataoka Curved Bleeding Heart Ring

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If you’re looking for a heart-shaped diamond ring with an artisanal feel, this piece checks all the boxes. You'll have to see it in motion to admire all the pretty details—diamond-like florets and tiny shimmering stars lend a panache-packed finish.  

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James Allen Heart-Shaped Side Stone Engagement Ring

James Allen Ring

 Courtesy of James Allen

Side stones give a heart-shaped diamond a vintage-inspired aesthetic. The 18k yellow gold band commands attention.

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Brilliant Earth Six-Prong Classic Ring

Brilliant Earth Ring

Courtesy of Brilliant Earth 

A classic engagement ring like this will never go out of style. This ring features a striking contrast between the heart-shaped center stone and the 18k yellow gold band.

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Neil Lane Diamond Ring

Neil Lane Ring

Courtesy of Kay Jewelers

Is sparkle your top priority? Look no further than this resplendent bridal set consisting of a band and matching wedding ring. Twists of round diamonds make this a standout piece.

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Adiamor Micro Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Adiamor Micro Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

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This micro-pavé engagement ring is 360 degrees of perfection. A sparkly diamond band complements this romantic heart-shaped center stone.

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Blue Nile Luna Diamond Engagement Ring

Blue Nile Luna Diamond Engagement Ring

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A classic silhouette with the perfect amount of sparkle. A dazzling row of shared prong set diamonds makes this ring compatible (and stackable) with other bands. 

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Tiffany & Co. Heart-Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

Tiffany Heart-shaped Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum

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Simplicity at its finest. This clean platinum band accentuates the radiance of the heart-shaped center stone.

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Harry Winston Heart-Shaped Engagement Ring with Tapered Baguettes

Harry Winston Heart-Shaped Engagement Ring with Tapered Baguette Side Stones

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Behold, a true Harry Winston classic. Tapered baguette side stones add modernity to the heart-shaped diamond for a look of pure elegance. 

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Forzieri Heart Diamond V-Shaped Band Shape

Forzieri Heart Diamond V-Shaped Band Shape

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A single heart-cut diamond reigns supreme. The unique design is complemented by an eye-catching V-shape pavè diamond band.

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Christopher Designs Heart-Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

Christopher Designs Heart Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings

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A halo of diamonds accompanies this heart-shaped center stone for a romantic finish. It's also available in 14k, 18k, and platinum as well as white, yellow, or rose gold.

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Elisa Solomon Puffy Heart Ring

Elisa Solomon Puffy Heart Ring

Courtesy of Catbird NYC

This solid 14k yellow gold ring is an heirloom-inspired piece that you'll cherish for years to come. A hand-engraved letter is flanked by a pavé diamond halo for a sweet sentiment.

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Blue Nile Petite Sapphire and Diamond Pavé Heart Ring

Blue Nile Petite Sapphire and Diamond Pavé Heart Ring

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Equal parts classic and timeless, this deep blue petite sapphire ring is as regal as it gets. The 14k white gold band is accompanied by a heart of pavé-set diamonds.

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Alison Lou Heart Stack 14-Karat Gold and Enamel Ring

Alison Lou Heart Stack 14-Karat Gold and Enamel Ring

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For the whimsical bride, this maximalist stackable ring can do no wrong. Made from 14k gold and glossy red enamel hearts, it's sure to strike the right balance between playful and non-traditional. 

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Suzanne Kalan 18-Karat Rose Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Suzanne Kalan 18-Karat Rose Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Ring

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Go big or go home with this 18k rose gold stunner featuring baguette-cut pink sapphires and a diamond center. Brides who love a bit of everyday glamour won't be able to resist the allure of this sophisticated sparkler.  

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Chopard Happy Hearts 18-Karat Rose Gold, Diamond and Onyx Ring

Chopard Happy Hearts 18-Karat Rose Gold, Diamond and Onyx Ring

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This elevated style is set with two hearts—a glossy black onyx and a glass pane finished with script lettering. It's handcrafted from 18k rose gold and includes a single diamond accent for a modern twist.

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Liori Diamonds Yellow Heart Shape Diamond Engagement Ring

Liori Diamonds Yellow Heart Shape Diamond Engagement Ring

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A fancy yellow diamond that’s cut into the shape of a heart? Sold. We love the timeless feel that a classic solitaire diamond setting brings.   

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Kinn Studio Classic Heart Signet Ring

Kinn Studio Classic Heart Signet Ring

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For the minimalist bride who wears her heart on her sleeve, this keepsake ring represents love, loyalty, and friendship. It's constructed from 14k solid gold and can be engraved with one letter.  

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SG Fine Spiral Heart Ring

SG Fine Spiral Heart Ring

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Eschew tradition and opt for this fashion-forward gemstone ring featuring a unique spiral design. Brides who love color will flock to the slightly eccentric peridot hue. Each ring is made-to-order so you can choose from 14k white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold. 

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Ring Concierge Diamond Heart Ring

Ring Concierge Diamond Heart Ring

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Diamonds are forever. It doesn't get much more dazzling than this ring-selfie-worthy 14k yellow gold statement piece.

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Sarah Hendler Heart-Cut Gemstone Enamel Ring in Pink Tourmaline

Sarah Hendler Heart-Cut Gemstone Enamel Ring in Pink Tourmaline

Courtesy of Sarah Hendler

Give the blushing bride the fairytale ending she deserves with this pink tourmaline heart-cut gemstone ring. The 18k solid yellow gold offsets the solid white enamel band perfectly.

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