Choosing a diamond for your engagement ring


If you’ve recently become engaged – congratulations! You’ve probably got your head in the clouds as you dream of wedding dresses and reception themes and brimming with excitement over whether to travel to the ceremony in a limousine or a horse-drawn carriage.

First things first though; the engagement ring. If your intended decided to let you choose the ring of your dreams rather than selecting one for you, it’s time to think about the exact style you want to wear for the rest of your life. There are incredible choices out there;  particularly if you want a diamond in the center of the design.

Whilst the majority of brides to be opt for the traditional round cut brilliant diamond in a solitaire setting, there are many other shapes you may prefer. Here then is food for thought as well as engagement rings in Houston at to help you decide.


Whilst round cut brilliant diamonds are the most popular choice with 74% of all diamonds being this shape, the Princess cut is the second most chosen. Originally popular in the 1980s, it is currently enjoying a revival. It is square in shape and the facets radiate an incredible brilliance.


Cut in a similar way to a round brilliant diamond, choosing oval is often the decision of someone who wants the fire of the most popular style in the industry but some a little more unusual in shape. They are available in a variety of widths with the more narrow ones giving an elegant look on the finger.


A marquise diamond is long and pointed at both ends. It’s a great choice for those who want to give the look of slender fingers and is currently very popular with celebrities who are announcing their engagement. Team with a fancy colored diamond in yellow or brown for the ultimate Hollywood engagement ring look.


Pear cut diamonds are a combination of round cut and marquise in that the shape resembles a teardrop. A very elegant choice and one with great luster. The pointed end is always worn facing down the finger. When choosing a pear cut diamond, look for one which has exquisite symmetry. There should never be any straight edges and the rounded top shouldn’t look squat.


First designed in 1902 by the Asscher brothers in Holland, this is a great choice for anyone wanting a vintage or antique look to their engagement ring. It is square in shape with large, stepped facets and a well-cut stone will appear to have concentric squares inside when looked at from above.

Hearts and Arrows

A modern cut which is popular for those who want the most up to date shape and technology entwined in their choice of diamond. The hearts and arrows design was created by a Japanese designer in the 1980s using lasers to create facets which resemble a kaleidoscope. The truly unique element to a hearts and arrows diamond is the fact that when viewed from above the wearer can see eight hearts inside the stone which are symmetrically perfect but then when viewed from below, they magically transform into eight arrows.

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