Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, especially if you’re using one propose. But just because it’s sparkly (not to mention expensive!) doesn’t mean you get just whatever diamond that comes to mind. For the perfect proposal, you need to think of the right engraved ring that has the right type of metal band and the right cut.
That last bit is probably the most important: your diamond cut is going to dictate the overall aesthetic of your ring, and it can either complement your partner’s hand or make it look gaudy and ill-fitting.
There are dozens of ways a diamond can be cut, and here are some of the most popular types:
The Asscher Cut was first popularized in the 1920s, although it’s now seeing a current resurgence thanks to celebrities wearing them for a bit of that Old Hollywood glamor. The Asscher cut shapes the diamond into a rectangular form and is best suited for hands with slender fingers.
Also known as the pillow cut, the cushion cut is one of the most classic diamond cuts out there and is named for its uncanny resemblance to a pillow, with rounded corners and larger facets that pull the diamond into either a square or rectangular shape.
Similar to the Asscher cut although a bit more oblong, the Emerald cut shapes the diamond into a longer form, thanks to the rectangular facets that have been step-cut into the pavilion of the diamond. This cut is best for diamonds with inclusions and slight colorings as its larger rectangular table shows off the gem’s original clarity.
The Marquise cut was designed to showcase as much of the diamond’s carat weight as possible, with the shape aimed to emphasize the size of the diamond. This is the perfect cut for people with shorter hands, as the length-to-width ratio of the Marquise cut makes the wearer’s hands look bigger and slenderer.
Also known as the tear drop cut, the pear shape combines a round cut with the Marquise, maximizing the carat weight while giving a softer, more delicate look to the wearer’s hand. This cut is perfect for diamonds with high brilliance and symmetrical features.
The Princess cut is arguably one of the most sought-after diamond cuts in the jewelry world because it has an innate ability to maximize a diamond’s brilliance, not to mention allowing the diamond to emit its color from both the center and all its corners.
A unique cut that features trimmed corners, the Radiant cut mixes the fine lines of the emerald cut while utilizing the round cut’s way of showcasing a diamond’s brilliance. This cut is best used for smaller diamonds, as it works well as a complement to other diamond cuts.
It’s Not About the Money, Butâ¦ When it comes to diamonds you will definitely get what you pay for, so make sure that whatever you’re getting is perfect for your spouse-to-be. Some partners would rather go on a trip around the world, or rent out Disneyland for the day. Whatever it is, make sure that what you’re getting is w