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Diamonds come in many different shapes. Each diamond shape possesses its own unique qualities, so exploring and learning about the various shapes is worth your while. James Allen offers the highest quality certified diamonds to satisfy all tastes.

Round Cut Diamond

Round Cut Diamond

The Round Cut Diamond is the most popular shape for diamond engagement rings. It is cone-shaped to maximize light return through the top of the diamond. It is cut to have 58 facets—33 on the crown and 25 on the pavilion.

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Asscher Cut Diamond

Asscher Cut Diamond

The Square Emerald Diamond has cropped corners and is made using the step-cut process. Because of its cropped corners, the Asscher is almost octagonal in appearance. The stones are bright, shiny and clear.

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Cushion Cut Diamond

Cushion Cut Diamond

The Cushion-Cut Diamond is an antique cut that has a classic, romantic appeal. It is considered a cross between the Old Mine Cut, which was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and a modern Oval-Cut Diamond.

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Emerald Cut Diamond

Emerald Cut Diamond

The Emerald-Cut Diamond is a very popular style known for its beauty and precision. While it lacks the brilliance of diamonds cut with triangular and kite-shaped facets, it more than makes up for it in extreme clarity. Looking at an emerald-cut diamond is like looking into glacier-pure ice.

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Heart Diamond

Heart Diamond

The Heart Shaped Diamond has a cleft at the top and exhibits superior brilliance. It is among the most romantic of the diamond shapes.

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Marquise Diamond

Marquise Diamond

The Marquise-Cut Diamond is a boat-shaped brilliant stone that is considered a "classic" shape for diamond engagement rings. As with all “fancy cut” diamonds, color and clarity are the two most important qualities in this particular style of cut.

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Oval Diamond

Oval Diamond

The Oval Cut Diamond is a modified version of the most popular cut, the Round Brilliant. It is the perfect choice for buyers who are looking for characteristics similar to the Round "ideal" Cut, but would like something in a shape that is more unusual.

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Pear Diamond

Pear Diamond

The Pear-Shaped Diamond combines the tradition and brilliance of a round cut with a less common shape to create an unusual diamond that can still make light “dance” as it does in the traditional Round Brilliant Cut. With 58 facets, the pear diamond sparkles beautifully.

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Princess Cut Diamond

Princess Cut Diamond

The Princess Cut Diamond is a square cut designed for maximum brilliance. It is the second most popular cut, after the Round Brilliant. It is a relatively new diamond cut, having been created in the 1970's. Its faceting style is similar to the Round Brilliant.

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Radiant Cut Diamond

Radiant Cut Diamond

The Radiant Cut Diamond combines the more stylish square or rectangular shape with the brilliance of the more traditional Round Cut. It combines two diamond cutting styles—the Round Cut style and the Emerald Cut style—to create a non-traditional, yet brilliant, diamond.

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