What’s the Best Center Stone Cut for an Engagement Ring?

At Gems Are Forever, our master jewelers in Beverly Hills know that an engagement ring is one of the most significant purchases an individual can make.

Never to be confused with any other ring, engagement rings deserve to take center stage, and are designed to be worn forever. That means the center stone — the literal cornerstone of the engagement ring — must reflect the individual’s personality and style.

So, how do you decide which center stone will say, “Will you marry me?”

Learning the difference between the type of center stone cuts will help you determine the perfect engagement ring design for your forever love.

Let’s get started.

Round Cut Diamonds

The traditional – and wildly popular shape of a center stone – is the Round Cut Diamond.

The Round Cut Diamond sparkles from every angle, and offers exceptional flexibility to balance the cut, color, clarity grade, and price.

Princess Cut Diamonds

A square shaped stone with sharp angles is the Princess Cut Diamond. 

With a similar facet pattern as the round cut, the Princess Cut Diamond sparkles brilliantly over other square shapes and is perfect for those who love symmetry, clean lines, and modern design.

Oval Cut Diamonds

The Oval Cut Diamond provides an elongated silhouette to appear larger, thanks to its brilliant facet pattern, it shines beautifully in both classic or more modern looks.

Pear Cut Diamonds

The Pear Cut Diamond is called such because the center stone looks like an elongated teardrop with a narrow-pointed top and a perfectly rounded bottom — like a pear.

The Pear Cut can appear in both vintage and modern engagement rings and is known for its intense sparkle that extends the look of both the ring finger and the hand, flattering the wearer.

Marquise Cut Diamonds

The Marquise Cut Diamond is shaped like an elongated oval with pointed ends.

Its lengthened shape maximizes the diamond’s carat weight and creates the illusion of a bigger stone.

Emerald Cut Diamonds

The Emerald Cut Diamond is rectangular and is designed to help highlight the stone’s color and clarity using parallel facets.

Only 3% of all the diamonds in the world are Emerald Cut Diamonds, making them beautifully rare.

Cushion Cut Diamonds

The Cushion Cut Diamond is a square or rectangular shape with rounded corners and is often referred to as a Pillow Cut Diamond for its soft edges.

Asscher Cut Diamonds

The Asscher Cut Diamond is a blend of both the Emerald and Princess Cuts, is octagon shaped with cropped corners, and is often referred to as Antique, Art Deco, or Vintage styled.

Heart Cut Diamonds

The Heart Cut Diamond is exactly as it sounds: a diamond cut in the shape of a heart.

At Gems Are Forever, our staff are Graduate Gemologists (G.G.) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) who purchase and sell fine jewelry, diamonds, and gemstones, and can help you choose or custom design an engagement ring for your special someone.

To learn more about our jewelry expertise and to talk with one of our master jewelers, contact us to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment today.