Choosing Your Diamond Shape

December 4, 2018

When picking out a diamond engagement ring one of the first things to consider is the cut of the center diamond.   Diamonds are cut in many shapes; the round brilliant, the cushion, the pear, the marquise, heart shaped, oval and emerald cut.

Today we take a closer look at oval and emerald cut diamonds, we hope it will help you choose the perfect cut for your future bride!  We will discuss other diamond shapes in future Family & Co. Jewelers blog posts.


Similar to a round diamond, an oval cut diamond is round but slightly elongated. It is a beautiful fusion of two diamond shapes. When cut to perfection, the stone’s brilliance shines right through. The oval cut diamond’s popularization in movies like the Twilight saga sparked a resurgence in pval cut diamonds.


                                                                                                                      oval halo engagement ring

Its ideal curvature makes it timeless and enhances the ring’s overall appeal. Oval cut diamond rings are ideal for short or small hands as well as long slender "piano player" hands.


Blake Lively is one of many celebrities who wears an oval engagement ring. Gifted to her by husband Ryan Reynolds in 2012, the stunning rose gold oval cut diamond engagement ring beautifully complimented the Gossip Girl star.

oval engagement ring

Another celeb with an oval diamond engagement ring is professional singer and dancer Julianne Hough. Her ring is a whopping six carats and was given to her by star hockey player Brooks Laich.

oval engagement ring



An emerald cut diamond is also known as a step cut diamond. Emerald cut is usually in a square or rectangular shape and has tapered corners; so it is actually eight side even though it is usually thought of as having only four sides. Since an emerald cut has straight facets, an emerald cut diamond has less brilliance than other shape diamonds.  The round brilliant cut; when cut well; has the most brilliance of any diamond cut.

However, this does not make emerald cut engagement rings less desirable. It is most popular among those looking for something unique and enchanting. Moreover, they are one of the most popular heirlooms in diamond engagement ring history.

If your significant other is all about glamour and elegance, an emerald cut ring is the style for her! Thanks to its flat surface, lean facets, and extended sides, the stone has more potential to flaunt its clarity. Although it may be limited in terms of brilliance, it surely makes up for it in elegance!


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Here a few celebrities who wear their emerald engagement rings beautifully and confidently. Amal Clooney exhibits a 7 carat emerald ring with baguettes set on a platinum band.

emerald engagement ring


Additionally, the “Queen B” herself, Beyoncé, flaunts an 18 carat emerald diamond ring given to her from beloved husband Jay Z. Clearly, he liked it so he put a ring on it! An 18 carat emerald cut diamond to be exact!

beyonce engagement ring


If after reading this blog, you just can’t resist, please visit us at Family & Co. Jewelers.

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