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Planning a proposal is an exciting time, however choosing the perfect engagement ring can be difficult, especially when you or your partner will build treasured memories around the ring.
Whether you’re expecting to become engaged soon or trying to get ideas on the perfect gem cut for you or your partner, you’ve come to the right place. When considering the prices and the number of choices from oval to heart and marquise shapes, it can be really overwhelming.
We’ve put together a little guide to help you decide the best cut for you or your partner’s personality.
Emerald cut engagement rings are perfect for a vintage or glamorous feel. This rectangular-cut gem is flattering for all hand shapes and sizes. With its steep cuts design, it creates a hall of mirrors effect on your finger.
It has beveled corners, making it more unlikely to chip, making it more durable than other designs. This gem isn’t for someone who needs a little more sparkle in their life. Due to its step cut, it’ll give you a more subtle sparkle, but it’s cheaper than the brilliant round cut.
The round cut is the most popular, traditional, and expensive shape for engagement rings. If you’re looking for a real eye-catching gem, the round brilliant cut will be perfect. With 58 facets for maximum light reflection and more brilliance than any other shape, it’ll capture the attention of those around you.
Its timeless appearance guarantees you won’t have to worry about the shape being out of style. However, the popularity and the need for more rough stones to get that perfect look make it the most expensive shape on this list.
The princess cut is the square version of the round brilliant cut. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a more modern engagement ring design. With the same shine you expect from a round cut and being less expensive, it makes it an excellent alternative for your engagement ring.
When looked at from different sides, it looks like an inverted pyramid. You would need to care for this shape quite well, though, since it can be easy for the sides to chip.
The oval cut has been making headways in the world of celebrities for a good reason. The shape has a more elegant and feminine look. It elongates the appearance of your finger to create that graceful appearance. The lack of sharp lines makes the design simple.
It won’t be hard to match this ring with your dream wedding ring. The larger surface also gives the illusion that the diamond is bigger than it is. You’ll get more shine and bang for your buck.
The marquise cut will give your engagement ring a regal feel with its brilliant sparkle. As with the oval cut, a marquise gem gives the illusion that it’s bigger than it is. It also elongates your finger because of its vertical placement.
You may find that some marquise cuts have a bow-tie effect if not cut properly. This effect happens when the light doesn’t reach the middle of the gem. It creates darkness at the center. While some believe that it’s part of the charm, there are instances of it having a less desirable severe effect.
You might know this shape as the teardrop cut. It’s a blend of marquise and oval, with a rounded and pointed end.
This cut creates a strong statement with a classic and vintage feel. You can wear it with the tip up or down, depending on your preference or style.
As with the marquise cut, there’s a chance of the pear cut having a bow-tie effect. There’s also a chance of chipping if the gem hasn’t been placed correctly on the ring. We recommend a bezel or a half-V setting for this cut.
There’s no better way to be romantic than with a heart-cut gem. This gorgeous cut is perfect for the romantic. Gem Society says these heart-cut gems have recently become popular as engagement ring gems.
We recommend going above 0.5 carats for this shape. Anything lower will make it hard for you to see its form. As a bonus, these gems are about 15% to 20% cheaper than round-cut gems.
The heart cut can come in many shapes. Perhaps you may prefer a ‘chubbier’ heart or even a more elongated gem. It’s up to you whether the shape you’re looking at is the one for you. An essential factor to look out for is the gem’s symmetry, so be sure to compare those two sides.
Remember, when picking the perfect gem cut to consider your partner’s personality and lifestyle. That’s how you build treasured memories that you’ll sharing with other for years to come.
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