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A Guide to Diamond Cuts and Shapes

Round diamonds may be the most traditional choice for sparkle but today you have a whole menu of cuts in different shapes to give classic jewelry styles your unique personality. Today round diamonds have to share the spotlight with oval diamonds, pear diamonds, emerald cut diamonds, princess cut diamonds, and cushion cut diamonds, cuts known as fancy shape diamonds. Each of these popular types of diamond shapes gives your jewelry a different personality.

Chances are your favorite celebrity engagement ring features a fancy shaped diamond. You may have fallen in love with Adele’s pear shape diamond ring, Hailey’s oval diamond ring, Beyonce’s Emerald diamond ring or Priyanka’s cushion diamond ring.

If you don’t have a celebrity budget, today you can get the look of your favorite celebrity ring with a lab-grown diamond.  Lab grown diamonds are identical to mined diamonds except for their origin but they cost half as much as mined diamonds. Lab grown diamonds are cut in the same types of diamond shapes as mined diamonds too and you can afford to trade up for more carats and better quality.

What is the difference between diamond cuts vs diamond shapes? The cut refers to the facet pattern of the diamond in three dimensions. The shape is the geometric silhouette of the outline. For example, the standard round brilliant is a round shape brilliant cut diamond. You could also have a round rose cut diamond. Square diamonds are cut in the princess cut, a square brilliant cut developed in the 1970s. Most diamond shapes have one standard cut.

Which diamond shape reflects you best? Explore the top five different diamond shapes now available in lab-grown diamonds to discover a new world of extraordinary brilliance as unique as you.

 

Classic Round Diamonds

If your style is classic and timeless, the round brilliant is your diamond cut. It lights up a room just like your smile. The most popular diamond cut of all time, the round will never go out of style, with a simple symmetrical silhouette facets that dance with brilliance.

The round brilliant is the brightest of all diamond cuts too. It has been refined over the decades, with its angles and proportions adjusted to maximize its optical performance. It’s the perfect choice for diamond stud earrings, a classic diamond solitaire necklace or a diamond engagement ring. Michelle Obama, Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, and Britney Spears are just a few of the celebrities who have round diamond engagement rings.

Shopping for a round brilliant can sometimes feel overwhelming because there are so many choices, with page after page of listings with tiny differences that can make a big difference in price. At Carbon Atelier we’ve simplified the round diamond shopping experience by offering lab-grown round diamond rings, earrings and necklaces that are all fine quality and crafted to sparkle with brilliance. All you have to do is choose the style that suits you and you can be assured the lab grown diamond will be as beautiful as it is sustainable.

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Elegant Oval Diamonds

If you are organized and disciplined and also fun-loving and creative, you’ll appreciate the oval’s combination of classic symmetry and unexpected charm. Balanced and inspiring, the oval shape reflects your poise and grace. Other hard-working and playful women who wear ovals include Blake Lively, Hailey Baldwin, Simone Biles, and Serena Williams.

By choosing an oval brilliant, you enjoy the sparkle of a round as well as an elegant and sophisticated elongated silhouette. Oval diamonds have a lot of sparkle and their curved shape means they are very durable. That makes them a good choice for diamond rings you wear every day, like oval diamond engagement rings. As timeless as the round but just different enough to give a simple ring stellar style, the oval shape’s elongated silhouette makes your fingers look longer and slimmer.

Carbon Atelier’s oval lab grown diamonds are carefully crafted with an ideal length to width ratio to minimize dark areas and maximize brilliance across all the facets. For maximum brilliance and a pleasing shape, look for ovals with a length to width ratio ranging from 1.35 to 1.45.

Oval diamonds are less deep than rounds so a one-carat oval looks larger than a one-carat round brilliant. Oval diamond solitaire necklaces are a stylish twist on the round solitaire: in fact, ovals set sideways for an extra twist are particularly popular. Whatever your favorite jewelry style, modern to vintage, an oval shape lab grown diamond will make it your own.

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Sophisticated Emerald Diamonds

You’re strong and sophisticated, with a quiet elegance that turns heads. Because you’re not afraid to stand out from the crowd, your emerald cut diamond makes a statement. Beyonce, Amal Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Anne Hathaway all wear emerald cut diamond rings. Emerald cut diamond pendants are particularly popular because the large facets flash with brilliance as they catch the light. For a unique twist, consider emerald cut diamond solitaire necklaces with the gem set sideways.

The long rectangular facets of an emerald cut flash with large reflections instead of the smaller but more numerous reflections in a round diamond. The optical effect in an emerald cut is called the hall of mirrors effect: the facets reflect each other across the pavilion of the stone.

Inclusions that reduce a diamond’s clarity are more visible in emerald cut diamonds than in round diamonds. The large flashing open facets that make emerald cut diamonds so appealing also highlight any inclusions inside the stone, lighting them up like they are under a spotlight. Choose an emerald cut lab grown diamond with excellent clarity for maximum beauty.

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Modern Princess Diamonds

If you’re confident and always authentic, your diamond shape is the princess cut. Modern and geometric, the princess cut diamond makes a bold statement. This square modified brilliant cut can be easily recognized by its four sides, inverted pyramid profile and distinctive X pattern of brilliance in the center.

The choice of stylish rule-breaking women who aren’t afraid to square the circle, the princess cut is a popular choice for engagement rings. Hilary Duff, Kate Bosworth and Emily Ratajkowski all wear princess cut diamond rings. Instead of the classic round brilliant, update your style with princess cut diamond stud earrings and princess cut diamond solitaire necklaces.

The princess has a lot of brilliance when properly proportioned. You’re not likely to see inclusions amidst the sparkle. Look for a very square and symmetrical shape with a length to width ratio between 1.00 and 1.02 for maximum reflections. For princess cut diamond rings, look for a setting that protects the corners with V-shaped prongs, a halo or a bezel. Because there is extra weight in the corners, you may think that a princess cut diamond looks smaller than a round brilliant. Because cutting a princess maximizes the amount of rough diamond used, princess cuts are usually cost less per carat than round diamonds.

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Adventurous Pear Diamonds

Ready for anything and the life of every party, the pear shape reflects your vibrant and outgoing personality. The drama of this unusual asymmetrical shape expresses your love of the road less travelled. Choose a pear shape diamond to appeal to both sides of your personality: your edgy energy and your loyalty and compassion. You’ll see pear shape diamond rings in the spotlight worn by Adele, Margot Robbie, Victoria Beckham, Zoe Saldana, Paris Hilton and Cardi B.

Our lab created pear shaped diamonds are carefully crafted with an ideal length to width ratio and depth proportion to minimize dark areas and maximize brilliance across all the facets. For a pear that’s the perfect balance of elegantly long and pleasingly plump, look for a length to width ratio between 1.55 and 1.65. At Carbon Atelier, we design our pear shape diamonds with a balanced length to width ratio and a smoothly curved silhouette for extra beauty.

Pear shape diamond necklaces are like sparkling drops of sunshine, catching the light in a mesmerizing way. But lately pear-shaped engagement rings are stealing the spotlight too. The elongated silhouette of a pear-shaped diamond makes your fingers look long and elegant. Pear shape diamond rings can be worn two ways: with the point facing up or the point facing down. Either way, you’ll enjoy the fact that pear-shape diamonds look larger than almost any other diamond cut.

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