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How to Pick a Diamond Shape aka Diamond Cut

Learn how to pick a diamond shape (cut) from private jeweler Kate Hemphill in this Howcast video.


So we're gonna talk about how to select the right shape and cut of diamond for your engagement ring, which may seem completely overwhelming at first because there are so many choices. The first thing to consider is: has she hinted?

And most likely, she has at some point, about what she likes. But, if she hasn't, then there are a few things to consider. You need to consider what kind of jewelry she already wears, what is her personality, what's her lifestyle, what is her profession? Because actually all of those things do come into consideration when choosing a stone. So I've laid out just a couple different options here, to show you which direction you can go in. So if she's classic and traditional, maybe a round stone or a three-stone ring would be good. If she likes something a little bit more simple and elegant and understated, an emerald cut or an asscher cut would be a nice option.

Maybe she wants to be a little bit different, but likes the sparkly brilliance. You could try an oval shape or pear shape. And also a good option is a mix cut, a radiant. Say she likes the square shape but she doesn't like the emerald cut, a radiant or even a cushion cut (which has become a very popular option) are great. Another thing to consider when deciding on the shape or cut of your stone is your budget. So, if you have a limited budget you probably want to pick a brilliant cut diamond that is a little bit more forgiving of flaws, so that you could choose one with a slightly lower clarity grade and color grade. If money is no object, a big emerald cut is a great way to go. So, the best thing to do is to narrow it down.

You really want to find a shape first and then you can focus on the rest of the details. So just make sure you've taken everything into consideration when choosing the right shape and cut of the diamond.

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