Loose cut diamonds come in many shapes, but never the classic diamond rhomboid shape as seen in the suit of cards. Shape and cut are often confused, with ‘cut’ used to describe the shape. However, cut also refers to the way rough diamonds are faceted. The diamonds in diamond engagement rings come in a fascinating range, some of which are detailed below.

Asscher is a square, stepped cut developed by Joseph Asscher, who, with his brother Abraham, cut the massive Cullinan diamond in 1902.

Brilliant is a round cut of 58 facets which produce the most light, creating a brilliance and fire second to none.

Cushion is a deep square or rectangle which was very popular in the Nineteenth Century because it made best use of candlelight whose rays were caught and reflected in the diamonds.

Emerald is a classic stepped square or rectangular shape. The highest quality diamonds must be used for this cut because tiny flaws may be visible.

Heart has 59 facets with an indent at the top, making the classic heart shape.

Marquise is a symmetrical elongated oval; it is an old cut dating from the Eighteenth Century, possibly originating in France.

Ovals, or briolettes, are particularly popular for diamond pendant earrings as they are faceted all around.

Pear or the tear drop has 58 facets and is a shape dating back over 500 years.

Princess is a modern square cut but not stepped, rather it is brilliant cut, making it a fiery stone indeed.

These are just a few examples of the many shapes that we at Marlows can offer, showing that there is more to diamonds than meets the eye.