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Put a Ring On It!
by Ayanna Maxwell
Your engagement ring is arguably the most important factor in your engagement. You can have a flawless location, top tier photographer, and all of your loved ones surrounding you -- but if you don't like the ring, the entire engagement could be ruined.
It's important to ensure your partner knows the perfect ring to propose to you with. To do so, you've got to know what your perfect ring looks like. Here are the eight most popular engagement ring diamond shapes:
Round diamonds are classic, traditional, and timeless. The round stone is the most popular shape out of them all. In fact, 75% of all diamonds sold are round. A circle is continuous, with no beginning or end, symbolizing eternity, wholeness, and harmony. If you are looking for a simple yet elegant ring, this one's for you.
The princess cut is a square-shaped diamond. Squares symbolize strength, courage, and security. Women who choose the princess cut are known to be lively, intelligent, and spontaneous. Introduced in the early 1960s, the princess cut was originally called the "profile cut." The princess cut is guaranteed to capture everyone's attention, so this ring is for the woman who doesn't mind shining under the spotlight.
The cushion diamond is square-rectangular with rounded corners. This antique style is unique in that it's comprised of many large facets that create a kaleidoscopic effect. Created over 200 years ago, the cushion cut is known as the shape of royalty. The cushion is for the classic woman seeking the perfect balance between square and round.
According to Vogue, "This cut is best suited for women who have a discerning taste -- those who skew classic with an edge." The emerald cut is best known for its precision and sophistication. Its clarity outshines all of the other shapes. Women who prefer the emerald are typically hardworking, strong, and confident. Fun fact: Beyonce owns a emerald cut engagement ring!
The heart shaped silhouette is for the hopeless romantic in all of us. As expected, this shape symbolizes eternal love. Its dainty appeal is proof that your ring doesn't have to be the biggest to be the best.
The marquise cut is for the glamorous woman. The elongated shape looks flattering on smaller hands, which creates the illusion that the stone is even larger than it already is. It resembles a football shape and is known for its over-the-top sparkle.
The oval shape is original, captivating, and feminine. It has grown in popularity since its introduction in 1957. With an 8% larger face-up area than a round cut, as reported by NaturalDiamonds.com, this shape tends to accentuate longer fingers. The oval is a modern and creative variation of the traditional round shaped diamond.
The pear shape is a combination of the round and marquise diamond. Resembling a teardrop, the pear cut symbolizes "tears of joy." It is known to make hands look slimmer and graceful. The point of the pear is usually worn facing the heart of the wearer, but it can be worn according to your liking. With its unique asymmetrical design, the pear cut stands out among all of the other shapes and is one of the least common cuts for engagement rings. If you're a woman who dares to be different, the pear may be your shape of choice.
Happy ring shopping!