Before you take the plunge to buy THE ring, it is important to understand all facets of each diamond shape (ha), how the ring will look on your fiancé’s hand, and your fiancé’s taste. At G. Thrapp, we want to make sure that you choose an engagement ring that you and your fiancé will treasure for years to come. Below you will find details about each diamond cut, past trends, and trends we expect in 2014.
The round brilliant is the most popular diamond because of its versatility and its sparkle. The round stone is a perfect fit for the tradition, timeless, classic woman in your life. Light performs better in a round than any other shape and it is the only diamond that the GIA has a cut grade for. This shape is the industry’s ideal image of a diamond.
The round stone looks incredible in a simple setting, a vintage setting or a modern setting. For those of you that are unsure what will make your fiancé happy, it is hard to go wrong with this shape. Round diamonds are the best seller at G. Thrapp Jewelers, accounting for nearly 60% of diamond sales in 2013. We make sure to keep a large selection of varying carat weights on hand at all times.
The oval diamond is becoming increasing popular because it is a bold, unique version of the traditional round brilliant. The oval stone creates an illusion of larger carat weight (an added bonus).
It is often found on the finger of an innovative, creative woman who is dependable but always willing to take chances. This shape is best showcased surrounded by smaller round stones in a delicate, halo setting. In 2013 we saw an increase in sales of oval diamonds and in 2014 we expect to see a rise in setting both oval and marquise in more unique, East/West settings.
The princess shape is traditional with a modern, trendy edge. This contemporary shape is the most brilliant of all square cuts and it compliments most setting styles.
The princess diamond looks fantastic on women with longer fingers and continues to be one of the top selling diamonds because of its timeless beauty and versatility.
A Cushion diamond is square with rounded corners and is perfect for those who care about clarity. The cushion cut’s large facets allow for more scintillation (some say, the more sparkly, the better!) Because of its large facets, it is one of the most brilliant cuts among all square and rectangular diamonds. It is no surprise that the cushion cut was G. Thrapp’s second most popular diamond cut in 2013 and we expect the trend to carry through 2014.
This diamond offers a flash of sparkle and is considered to be effortlessly romantic and feminine for the traditional woman in your life.
The Radiant is a vibrant and lively combination of round, emerald and princess cuts, which makes it the ideal compromise for a woman who is looking for something traditional with a unique twist. G. Thrapp sold several cushion and radiant diamonds in 2013 and we expect to there to be a higher demand for these, “fancy cuts,” in 2014. Fancy cuts are often set in petite, dainty engagement settings which are also expected to be extremely popular in 2014.
Also known as tear drop diamonds, pear shape diamond rings are an up and coming trend. Most often, the pear cut is set in simple settings or delicate halo settings. If you are interested in a rare, colored diamond – this cut really showcases the natural color of diamond. In 2013, G. Thrapp sold nearly every color of diamond; yellow, pink, green and blue, and a number of these were pear shaped diamonds.
If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary for the unique woman who plays by her own rules, this is the ring for you!
This unique diamond shape has the largest surface area of all the diamond cuts. Marquises are unique, distinctive and dramatic. The length of this diamond cut slenderizes fingers and creates an illusion of a larger size.
The marquise diamond has gained immense popularity in the past few years, and in 2014 we expect to see more people choosing to set marquise in East/West settings.
This shape is one of the first cuts to ever be used in jewelry. It is a rectangular stone with long parallel facets that shows off the diamond’s clarity better than any other diamond cut. The art deco period yielded the term “emerald” cut even though diamond cutters had been cutting this shape for many years. The emerald cut was originally used for the emerald gemstone to prevent it from chipping during the cutting process.
Made popular by style icons of the 1900s, the emerald cut is perfect for the woman who loves fashion and draws inspiration from vintage glamour. This retro diamond shape is elegant but confident and helps to elongate shorter feelings like Asscher and Cushion cuts.
Sales Associate, Julie Wilson, proudly sports a beautiful emerald cut engagement ring alongside many stacked bands.
Made popular in Sex & The City, the Asscher cut is similar to the Emerald cut but it is square. This cut is perfect for a trendsetter with a Vintage flair.
If you chose an Asscher cut it is important to select a diamond of higher clarity so you can truly appreciate it’s the stone’s beauty.
The trillion cut diamond has gained a lot of attention lately due to its bright, lively and rare shape. The bold, triangular shape is a great centerpiece for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring – at G. Thrapp, we generally see it used as side stones to compliment a unique solitaire.
Sentimental girls gravitate toward the heart cut diamond but it is not often used in engagement rings.