Diamonds, as the saying goes, are forever. That’s why they’re most sought after gemstones for engagement rings; the gemstone represents eternal love. Fashion, on the other hand is constantly evolving with new trends coming and going, but it’s also cyclical. Good quality jewelry lasts a lifetime and some pieces can be kept safely in their box until they come back into vogue or fit a particular outfit or event. But an engagement ring is one to be worn daily. So, how do you make sure the cut of your engagement ring never goes out of fashion?
You make sure you choose a timeless cut that will always be fashionable.
The absolute classic. Featuring 58 facets for maximum sparkle, brilliance and fire, this is a truly elegant cut that provides scintillating light reflection and suits any setting and any outfit. The round cut helps to hide inclusion too, so you can get more bling for your buck.
This cut is iconic and stunning in its simplicity.
The vintage feel of this cut makes it timeless. The cushion cut has its roots in the old mine cut giving this fusion of antique and modern designs a romantic charm. The style of cushion cut diamonds will continue to change slightly over time, but its nostalgic element gives it a chic elegance that ensures it will never be unfashionable.
Cushion cut diamonds feature magnificent brilliance and fabulous fire. The unique shape allows for a more personalized ring and the rounded edges make the stone robust and durable. A cushion cut diamond engagement ring is usually more affordable than a round cut ring of the same carat weight and quality.
This square cut offers something a little different and has been considered ‘modern’ for centuries. This enduring sense of newness makes princess cut diamonds constantly fresh and gives them an eternal place as the contemporary diamond cut of choice. The name and shape evoke regal images and ensure this cut will always be popular.
Due to the cutting process involved in producing princess cut diamonds, little waste is produced so they can be more affordable than some other cuts. This allows you to buy a bigger stone than you might otherwise go for – and if there’s one thing we know about big diamonds, it’s that they are always in fashion.
Similar to the princess cut, the oval cut has long been seen as an alternative to the classic round cut. Its popularity as the centre stone in antique style engagement rings gives the cut a fashionably old-fashioned vibe. Equally at home as a single stone or at the centre of a cluster, oval cut diamonds help elongate the fingers and make them look more slender as an added bonus.
Due to their unique shape, oval cut diamonds appear larger per carat than round cuts and can help give slender definition to fingers so are a great choice if you have large hands or thick fingers – as some diamond wearers always have, and always will.
The iconic step-cut diamond. Emerald cut diamonds are pure palatial luxury on your finger. The long classy lines and breath-taking flashes of light make it a bold design and perfect statement piece. This cut provides great clarity and is just far enough away from ‘normal’ to add interest and reflect your personality. Although contemporary in its design, the emerald cut has found its niche in the world of diamond jewelry and its distinctive style ensures it will always have a place at the fashion table.
A pair cut diamond is a thing of beauty and interest. Its unique shape has been likened to a drop of water – and this cut will go out of fashion when water does.
The pear cut diamond is similarly faceted to round brilliant cuts and displays that same desirable fire and brilliance that are so synonymous with diamond sparkle.
The tradition of brides-to-be being presented with diamond engagement rings dates back to Ancient Rome, and has hardly changed to this day. During the 19th century, grooms across Europe and America chose fancy designs to gift to their loved ones. Some of those floral, filigree designs are less-common these days, but the basic form of the cut diamonds that adorn modern day engagement rings are very similar – although it’s fair to say that modern technology has made diamonds more available to more members of society than either the Ancient Romans or 19th century nobles would have dreamed possible.
Diamonds are synonymous with engagements and the love of one person for another. Love endures. And therefore diamonds will endure too.
Beth Behfar, Jewelry Blogger