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Get in Shape! The History of Diamond Shapes


By now you’ve learned the very distinct distinction between diamond ‘cuts’ and diamond ‘shapes’ (you’ve been religiously reading this blog, right?).  So now we are ready to dig a little deeper into the different diamond shape varieties and their diverse and dynamic origins.  There are 10 major shape classifications, each one shapelier than the next.

Round here.  



Let’s start with the obvious: the good ole, reliable Round.  The Round is, and has been for quite some time, the most widely sought after diamond shape.  It’s #1 use is in engagement rings, as a solitaire stone (meaning, “one”), giving a sparkling manifestation to the phrase “it’s lonely at the top.”  Rounds of all sizes are often featured in earrings, pendants, brooches and wedding rings as well.  In fact, the GIA reports that 75% of all diamonds sold on the open market are round.  Sometime in the 18th century, enterprising diamontaires developed the cut “round brilliant,” which showcases the rounds’ resplendency to the highest degree.  Somewhere down the road, roughly in the middle of the 19th century, diamond cutting maverick Henry Morse (no, he didn’t invent the “Morse Code” – that’s Samuel Morse…) perfected the round brilliant cut, and it has remained essentially the same since then.  A cocky cutter named Marcel Tolkowsky made some minor tweaks to the round brilliant cut in 1919, in a vain attempt to get his name in the diamond history books (*the fact that he was arrogant may or may not be true/may have just been made up for the sake of this article.)  All in all, the ubiquitous rounds have made an indelible mark in the diamond world, and no one knows how long they will reign supreme in all their circular glory.
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What Your Diamond Says About You


The shape of your diamond wedding or engagement ring says a lot about you as a person. (Or if you didn’t pick it out yourself, it says a lot about what whoever gave it to you thinks about you as a person.) With so many different types of diamonds out there, it’s not surprising that different personalities tend to gravitate towards different shapes. But what does your diamond shape say about you? Or if you’re a guy looking to buy an engagement ring for a special lady, what diamond shape best suits her personality? Not quite sure? Don’t worry. Diamond Lighthouse is here to help. Diamond cutters and dealers have been researching which types of people prefer different diamond shapes. The results are not only interesting, but extremely helpful for anyone looking to buy a diamond for someone they love.



The most popular shape of all, with the round brilliant cut accounting for more than 75 percent of all diamonds sold. It’s a classic shape for a classy lady, and looks great in any setting. Women who prefer round diamonds are traditional, elegant and honest. They take comfort in stability and may be resistant to change, but their sentimental nature endears them to all who cross their path.

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