When buying a diamond for an engagement ring it’s important to be familiar with different diamond shapes available. The shape of a diamond is often mistaken for diamond cut, when in fact the two are very different. A diamond shape is the actual geometric form and structure the diamond cutter has cut and polished, whereas the cut of the diamond refers to the proportions and angles embedded in the diamond determining its brilliants. The most popular diamond shapes purchased for engagement rings consist of round and princess cut diamonds. Although both can be a wonderful choice for engagement rings, there is a host of different diamond shapes that cutters have developed – unleashing a world of diamond shape opportunities. Before you start to explore different diamond shapes, it’s important to consider individual tastes and finger sizes. For instance diamond shapes such as round brilliant and princess cut can often have a foreshortening effect, so the diamond won’t look as good on shorter fingers. Rectangular and longer diamond shapes, such as marquise, oval and pear create the illusion of longer fingers – ideal for short fingers. Over years through the development of technology cutters have produced different diamond shapes devised by research into the study of light performance. The round brilliant diamond shape is the most popular of the diamond shapes. Due to its demand, round diamonds are generally more expensive. A round brilliant diamond shape is cut into 58 facets. For over 100 years diamond cutters have developed the performance of light reflection in round brilliant diamonds, giving the shape more flexibility in-terms of balancing cut, clarity and colour grades. The princess cut diamond traditionally is a square shape with pointed corners and is the most popular none-round diamond shape. The diamond shape is popular for engagement rings, pendants and stud diamond earrings, best set with prongs on all four corners of the diamond. Depending on different length to width ratios a princess cut diamond can be cut into a rectangular shape. An oval shape diamond has a beautiful brilliance and can be cut into a variety of sizes, depending on its length to width ratio. The diamond shape is a popular choice for shorter fingers as it accentuates the appearance of long, slender fingers. Marquise shapes diamonds feature an elongated shape with pointed ends. The diamond shape is best mounted in a solitaire engagement ring or shouldered with smaller diamonds. Again the diamond is ideal for enhancing shorter fingers, due to its length to width ration. Pear shaped diamonds combine an oval and a marquise shape with one pointed edge and one curved edge in the shape of a rain drop. The diamond shape will compliment smaller finger. The heart shape diamonds is the ultimate symbol of love and requires four prong settings when mounted on an engagement ring. The radian cut diamond shape can be both square and rectangular and is cut into 70 facets. Radiant cut diamonds have a vintage look with the brilliance of a round diamond shape. The emerald cut diamond is a rectangular shape with cut corners. The emerald shape has a step cut that resembles stairs. Due to its long lines, the emerald shape diamond can be absolutely stunning and creates a vintage look for engagement rings. The Asscher cut diamond shape features a stepped square cut, developed by the Asscher Brothers in 1902. The diamond shape is often referred to as the “square emerald cut” The cushion cut diamond is a classic antique diamond shape combining the Old Mine cut and the oval shaped diamond. The shape of the cushion cut can be both square and rectangular with rounded corners. To purchase the following diamond shapes for engagement rings and other diamond jewellery, browse online jewellery shops to discover the diamond shape that’s right for you.