Cuts make all the difference when it comes to finding the diamond engagement ring of your dreams. Each type of cut sparkles in its own way and deciding which one appeals to you is a great place to start. Beyond the most popular styles (round, princess, marquise, emerald, and cushion cut), you also have oval, pear, radiant, Asscher, and heart-shaped cuts to pique your interest. Whether you're a bride in search of that "something new" or prefer a more vintage-inspired style, we've got you covered with 10 engagement ring cuts to set your stone apart.
1. Round Cut
Brides everywhere flock to round cut diamonds. Considering that the round shape maximizes the fire of the diamond at the proper reflection of light, it's no surprise that this is the reigning stone (we're all guilty of falling for a good sparkle). Anna Sheffield's Hazeline solitaire ring, featuring a white diamond resting in a delicate basket, is a timeless choice.
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2. Princess Cut
What bride doesn't want to feel like a princess on her big day? Enter the eponymous princess cut, another widely popular engagement ring style. The princess cut's versatile face-up shape—complete with square or rectangle sides—makes it a prime choice for nearly any ring style. This 14K stunner courtesy of Noam Carver features a simple yet elegant band and a paved halo princess stone at the center.
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3. Cushion Cut
This exquisite cut is often compared to a pillow, thanks to its square cut combination with rounded corners which, when combined with the cut's classic larger facets, increase the stone's brilliance. Charles & Colvard's gorgeous moissanite cushion halo ring in white gold is a perfect option for the eco-friendly bride.
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4. Emerald Cut
Characterized by a rectangular step cut, an open table, and cropped corners, the emerald cut diamond is often favored for its Art Deco aesthetic. While it has more of an understated sparkle—some like to call it a "hall-of-mirrors" effect—its long silhouette and angular lines capture the diamond's clarity, while dramatically catching the light. This Gemvara dazzler in white gold features a solid emerald cut accented with a regal band.
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5. Marquise Cut
Also called the Navette cut, the marquise cut is known for its regal feel. Its distinctive silhouette is marked by curved sides and pointed ends—an elegant football shape if you will. Its long, narrow shape not only creates an illusion of greater size but elongates the finger. The milgrain detailing in the band of this sparkling Bahdos ring perfectly accents the royalty vibes of the marquise cut diamond, adding even more radiance.
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6. Oval Cut
Essentially an elongated circle, an oval-shaped diamond can have just as many facets as a round cut stone, which means it has the capacity to sparkle just as much. This elegant Harry Winston ring is sure to be a hit among sophisticated brides who love the sparkle of a round stone but have their hearts set on something a tad unexpected.
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7. Radiant Cut
True to its name, a radiant cut diamond—invented in 1977 by Henry Grossbardcatches—catches the light in a big way. The shape mimics an emerald-cut stone, but the facets allow for extra sparkle. Brides who don't want to stray too far from the classic shapes will appreciate this stone's timeless nature and bespoke spirit. Just how enchanting is this blue and pink diamond Mark Broumand creation?
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8. Pear Cut
Also known as a teardrop, the pear-shaped diamond is a hybrid of styles. Taking its cues from both the oval and marquise, this unique shape is a perfect choice for brides who play by their own set of rules and think that two is better than one. Shine bright with Gemvara's pristine diamond ring—wear the tapered point down to help elongate your fingers.
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9. Asscher Cut
Named after the jeweler who patented the design in 1902, the Asscher cut features an octagonal shape with 58 large step facets. Though it is technically an octagon, when it is set in a four-prong mounting it looks more like a square and is often referred to as the "square emerald." In 1999, the family introduced an updated version of the classic called the Royal Asscher cut, which boasts 74 facets for even more reflective brilliance. The Asscher cut has been a favorite among the fashion-conscious crowd ever since Carrie Bradshaw modeled an Asscher cut during her brief betrothal to Aidan Shaw on Sex and the City.
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10. Heart Cut
An eternal symbol of love, heart cut stones aren't traditionally used as engagement rings—nor are they limited to Valentine's Day nuptials—but perhaps that's what makes them so special. Be prepared to fall in love with this charming Neil Lane platinum engagement ring featuring a heart-shaped diamond.
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