F&L's pick of original cuts & shapes
Designers of uniquely shaped engagement rings
The terms shape and cut are two very different and independent elements in the design of an engagement ring. However they must work in unison to create that spectacular sparkle and shine most brides dream of. The cut is critical as this is what gives a diamond its signature glamorous appeal. An engagement ring shape is equally important and will directly affect the overall look of the ring.Read More...
While talking with our designers I discovered that creating the perfect ring is a bit like putting together a puzzle. Deciding on an engagement ring cut can be seen as finding the corner pieces that establish the basis for the final big picture. This is definitely the simpler of the two terms and happily is driven by what you find pleasing to the eye more than anything. Your choice of shape will ultimately dictate the overall look of the ring and your choices are truly endless.
The most popular engagement ring shape is the Round shaped diamond but it is important to consider all the variety of shapes for your bride-to-be to make sure you choose one that compliments her hand. Shapes such as Pear, Oval and Round are fairly self-explanatory but there is also the Marquis, Princess, Emerald and Cushion to consider and each one has its own distinctive qualities that will be sure to please all taste preferences. Although these are the more commonly known shapes on the market these days our designers can introduce you to even more exotic shapes with mysterious names such the Tulip, the Bullet or even the Half Dutch Rose.
Behind these beautiful shapes lie the all-important cut factor. A stone with a quality cut, which is a fairly scientific and technical process, will have dazzling sparkle and brilliance. Cut refers to the deliberate and precise cuts that provide sides and platforms within the stone for light to reflect off of. Obviously, the more intricate and numerous the cuts, created using symmetry and proportion, the brighter the brilliance, fire and sparkle which are considered a diamond’s three main attributes. This is the ultimate expression of a craftsman’s ability as they take a rough diamond and skilfully transform it into a dazzling gemstone. An engagement ring cut to this degree of quality will obviously be reflected in its cost and subsequent value.
Choosing an engagement ring cut and shape, terms that are commonly intermixed, may be the most significant decision when hunting for that perfect ring. It is wise to do some background research prior to shopping for a ring and each factor will have its own level of importance to you. However, in terms of making a wise investment as well as pleasing the one you love, two of the most important priorities, it might be worth taking a little extra time over the issues of cut and shape.