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I’m So Fancy – A Guide to Diamond Shapes

What do you picture when you think of a diamond? Is it round a sparkly? You wouldn’t be wrong – round diamonds are the most popular diamond shape, known for their classic and timeless style. But what if you’re feeling fancy? I’ve got great news for you! There’s a whole world of fancy shapes out there for you to discover. Fancy shapes are any diamond shape that isn’t round. The Leo Diamond offers fancy Leos in Princess, Emerald, Radiant, Marquise, and Cushion. Let’s take a look at the many shapes of Leo Diamonds, and what that means for you.


Round Cut Diamond

First, let’s start with the classics. According to The Knot, 49% of women who got engaged last year received a round-shaped diamond. The round shape is typically understood to be the best at unleashing a diamond’s brilliance, which is why it is often the most popular. The round shape we know and love today wasn’t possible until the invention of the bruting machine in 1891, which allowed for the cutting of truly round diamonds.

Who loves round diamonds? The woman who prefers a round is traditional. Her style is often classic and clean. She loves knowing that her diamond will never go out of style.


Princess Cut Diamond

The princess cut diamond is the most popular of the fancy shapes with 22% of newly engaged or married women owning a princess, according to The Knot. Created in 1980, the princess-shaped diamond is easily recognizable by its square shape with four sharp corners. It is a great option for a classic bride on a budget, as it is less per carat than a round due to the fact that the princess cutting process wastes less of the stone. A princess cut can use up to 80 or 90 percent of the rough diamond!

Who loves princess diamonds? The woman who prefers a princess is classic, with a twist. She enjoys changing up her style with little touches of flair. She loves knowing that her diamond stands out without making a huge statement.


Emerald Cut Diamond

The emerald is one of the most unique diamond shapes. While most shapes utilize many facets, allowing for a sparkle effect, the emerald has a large, flat table to really show off the pure beauty of the diamond. Emerald shapes are best for diamonds with little to no inclusions, as inclusions are far easier to see through the large table

Who loves emerald diamonds? The woman who prefers an emerald is bold. She’s fashion-forward and likes to wear statement pieces. She loves knowing that her diamond is a show-stopper.


Marquise Cut Diamond

Marquise is one of my personal favorites! It was named after the French King Louis XV’s mistress, the Marquise de Pompadour. Legend has it that he asked jewelers to create a shape that matched her smile. As you can see from the pictures, the marquise is football (or mouth?) shaped, with a point on each end. The marquise’s long, narrow shape makes it an excellent choice for maximizing the perceived size of a smaller diamond. And, because the shape elongates, it looks great on every finger.

Who loves marquise diamonds? The woman who prefers a marquise is a risk-taker who’s not afraid to walk off the beaten path. According to the Knot, only 2% of newly engaged or married women owned a marquise and she’s mad it’s not less. She loves knowing that her diamond is one-of-a-kind.


Radiant Cut Diamond

Created in 1977 by Henry Grossbard, the radiant diamond, like the emerald, is a rectangle. However, the radiant shape is more focused on creating a brilliant and sparkly diamond. In fact, it is the most brilliant of all the square and rectangular shapes. It’s a great choice for someone who wants a lot of sparkle and also an elongated look. The radiant diamond is also one of the least common shapes, with only 1% of brides owning one in 2015, according to the Knot.

Who loves radiant diamonds? The woman who prefers a radiant is fierce. She’s a diva who loves looking her best even in her PJs. She loves knowing that her diamond is a rarity that stands out in the crowd.


Cushion Cut Diamond

The final shape on our list is the cushion, the second most popular fancy shape. Harkening back to its name, the cushion diamond is a square with rounded corners, making it look a lot like a pillow. This shape has been around for about 200 years and has experienced many ebbs and flows in popularity. The Leo offers cushion shapes as loose diamonds that can be found at your neighborhood Jared!

Who loves cushion diamonds? The woman who prefers a cushion is trendy. She has her finger on the pulse of what is in right now, and she knows that cushion is the diamond for her. She loves knowing that her diamond is hip with a lot of history.

Whether you’re classic, fashion-forward, or anything in-between, The Leo Diamond has the perfect shape for you. But remember, not everyone fits perfectly into a pre-selected box. Don’t be afraid to be a girl who loves taking risks in her day-to-day fashion while wearing a timeless round diamond. What really matters is that you find a ring that you love!