Selecting a diamond for an engagement ring setting is a very personal process. At Dara’s Diamonds, we are very specific about the standards we set for the shape, color, clarity, and carat weight of all of our diamond jewelry. Not only do we offer customers an exceptional array of traditional, round-styled diamonds, we also feature a number of other popular styles, all which reflect premium ratings with respect to color and clarity.
Types of Diamond Cuts
Because diamond shapes vary, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of diamond cuts, so you are better informed when you select a shape for an engagement ring setting. Diamonds for engagement rings settings are typically round. However, you can also customize the look with such solitaires as:
- The princess cut
- The emerald
- The Asscher design
- The marquise
- The oval
- The pear
- The cushion
- The heart-shaped diamond
The Round Cut Diamond: A Popular Design
Again, the round-cut diamond is frequently used in an engagement ring setting as well as for pendants for necklaces. For over a span of a century, diamond cutters have worked on enhancing the brilliance and fire displayed by the round-cut diamond. Studying the characteristics of light and applying precision calculations has enabled gemologists to balance out the color, cut and clarity of the round-shaped stone.
The Princess Cut Diamond: A Frequent Selection for an Engagement Ring Setting
The princess cut diamond, which is considered to be close in popularity to the round-cut diamond, is typically used the most often in an engagement ring setting. Exhibiting pointed corners and a traditional square shape, the princess cut stone has a length-to-width ratio of 1 to 1.05. If you want your princess cut diamond to look more rectangular, then select a gem with a length-to-width ratio over 1.10 for your engagement ring setting.
Length-to-width Ratio: An Important Factor
The length-to-width ratio is an important factor to consider, whatever cut you ultimately choose for your engagement ring setting. Therefore, follow the length-to-width ratio guidelines below when selecting specific cuts:
- Emerald cuts - 1.30 to 1.40
- Asher cut diamonds 1.00 to 1.05
- Marquise cut diamonds – 1.75 to 2.25
- Oval shapes – 1.33 to 1.66
- Radiant cuts – 1 to 1.05 for a more square shape and over 1.10 for a more rectangular shape
- Pear shapes – 1.45 to 1.75
- Cushion cuts – 1.05 to 1.10 for a more square cut and over 1.15 for a more rectangular look
- Oval cuts – 1.33 to 1.66
- Heart shapes - .90 to 1.10
Contact Us with Your Questions
If you’re currently shopping for an engagement ring setting then we, at Dara’s Diamonds, invite you to contact us with any of your questions. We can easily be reached by phone at 1-888-764-DARA (3272) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST. You can also contact us by email at email@example.com.