We normally haven’t focused our fashion writing on weddings but that will be changing soon. We are attending two big weddings in the next year and we wanted to take this opportunity to work on wedding blog posts! With more people being in love with the ‘Bachelor’ reality show and the idea of a perfect proposal, we wanted to start our first wedding post by taking a look at the most popular engagement rings styles. For more information on engagement rings, please click here.
Style: Princess Cut
Also Known As: Square Modified Brilliant or a Rectangular Modified Brilliant
Shape:The Princess cut is the square version of the brilliant round cut usually comprised of either 57 or 76 facets. Its pyramidal shape with four bevelled sides creates more light dispersion than any other square shaped diamond, making it popular for both solitaire engagement rings and earrings.
History: The name “Princess Cut” was originally used in connection with another diamond cut known as the “Profile” cut, which was designed by London cutter Arpad Nagy in 1961. The same name was later used and made popular in 1979 when the Princess cut was created as it is known today.
Famous Princess Cut Rings: The View’s Sherri Sheppard, reality star Kenda Wilkinson, and Jersey Shore’s Snooki.
Style: Radiant Cut
Also Known As: Cut-Cornered Square or a Rectangular Brilliant.
Shape: The Radiant is a unique and hybrid cut comprised of 70 facets and distinctive trimmed edges. Its versatile design combines the brilliance and depth of the round, Emerald and Princess cuts
History: The first Radiant cut was designed by Henry Grossbard in 1977. Prior to this invention, all diamonds with square or step-cut edges appeared less brilliant. Grossbard invented a hybrid cutting style that managed to create a step-cut diamond that possessed equal brilliance to triangular-faceted diamonds such as the oval and pear.
Famous Radiant Cut Rings: Khloe Kardashian, Hilary Duff and Jennifer Lopez’s pink diamond when she was engaged to Ben Affleck.
Style: Round Brilliant Cut
Also Known As: American Ideal Cut or the Tolkowsky Ideal Cut
Shape: With 58 facets divided amongst its crown, girdle and pavilion, the round brilliant cut yields maximum shine as the cut naturally follows the rough diamond crystal. The round brilliant cut is the most popular diamond shape, accounting for more than half of all diamonds sold today.
History: The origins of the round brilliant cut can be traced back to the middle of the 17th century when diamond cutters began using more refined and complex ways of cutting diamonds. The early brilliant cuts were known as Mazarins, after their designer Cardinal Mazarin, who made the first cross-cut diamond in 1650. It was not until 1919 that the early modern round brilliant was created; at the time it was referred to as the Tolkowsky cut named after its creator, Russian mathematician and diamond enthusiast Marcel Tolkowsky.
Famous Round Cut Rings: Nicole Richie, Fergie, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Hudson, and Britney Spears’s three-carat diamond ring by Neil Lane.
Style: Emerald Cut
Also Known As: The Step-Cut
Shape: The emerald cut is a rectangular shape with truncated corners and a broad and flat plane that resembles stair steps when viewed from above. The cut itself was developed specifically for emerald gems in order to reduce the amount of pressure exerted during cutting and to protect the gemstone from chipping. Diamond cutters soon realized the importance of this cut and applied it to diamonds as well.
History: One of the first cuts to be used in jewellery but the exact origins of the first emerald cut remain somewhat ambiguous, although its stylistic specifications can be traced back to the single table cuts of some 500 years ago and the multi-faceted table cuts of the Art Deco period in the early 20th century. The term ’emerald cut’ only began being used during the Art Deco period, despite the fact that diamond cutters were already cutting the same shape under different names.
Famous Emerald Cut Rings: Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie, Victoria Beckham, and Grace Kelly’s 10.5-carat emerald-cut diamond from Cartier.
Style: Oval Cut
Shape: Somewhere in between the round brilliant and the pear shape, the oval cut is a rounded shape typically comprised of 58 facets. This shape optimises carat weight, meaning that the drawn out and symmetrical shape can make it appear larger than round stones of a similar weight.
History: First introduced over 200 years ago, the modern oval cut was invented in the early 1960s by leading Russian cutter Lazare Kaplan.
Famous Oval Cut Engagment Rings: Blake Lively, Leann Rimes, Katie Holmes, Salma Hayek and Kate Middleton’s 18-carat oval sapphire ring.