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Cushion Cut Diamonds with a Classic Glow

Cushion cut diamonds are the chic descendant of the historic old mine cut. A square shape with rounded corners, these pillow-shaped diamonds are a total dream.

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Why Cushion Cut Diamonds?

The cushion brilliant cut features 58 facets that reflect and refract light, carrying its antique romantic charm into the 21st century.

Fleur De Lis Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Art Deco Inspired Fleur-De-Lis Pavé Engagement Ring

Originally, cushion cut diamonds were designed to catch the beauty of candlelight in the 18th century (A.K.A. when every dinner was a candlelit dinner).

Princess Channel-Set Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Channel Set Princess Shaped Engagement Ring

Looking for a fancy colored diamond? Look no further than the cushion cut! Cushion cut fancy colored diamonds are especially vivid.

Cross Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Pink Gold 3.3mm Cross Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Who Rocks Cushion Cut Engagement Rings?

Almost every engagement ring featured a sparkling cushion cut diamond until the early 1900s. In the century that followed, cushion cut diamonds went through a gorgeous renaissance.

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Among those who have chosen cushion cut allure for their engagement rings? Celeb powerhouses including Sofia Vergara, Kelly Rowland, Jessica Biel, Kim Kardashian, and Bar Refaeli.

Cushion Outline Halo Engagement Ring

Sofia Vergara's 14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

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What to Know About Cushion Cut Diamonds

Make sure the corners and sides of the diamond are symmetrical to achieve ideal sparkle! For surefire harmony, choose a True Hearts cushion cut from our premier collection of perfectly symmetrical diamonds.

Frame Halo Vintage Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Vintage Inspired Antique Frame Halo Engagement Ring

Standard or Modified Cushion Cut Diamonds?

Modified cushion cuts have an extra row of facets on their pavilion, which gives them a kind of “crushed ice” look. To the untrained eye, standard and modified cushion cut diamonds look mostly identical.

Petite Diamond Accent Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Petite Diamond Accent Engagement Ring

More Dreamy Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Baguette Three-Stone Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

Lotus Basket Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pave Knife Edge Lotus Basket Engagement Ring

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Pear Shaped Diamonds with Fruitful Flare

Pear shaped diamonds the only part of your engagement you’ll want to go pear shaped!

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Pavé Halo Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Imagine if Eve had picked a pear in the Garden of Eden instead of that darn apple. She would’ve stood out from all the other women (had there been any other women) and been hailed a trendsetter. Still, it’s never too late to make amends and pear shaped diamonds are the perfect sparkle offering.

Love is in the pear!

Pear Shaped Diamonds: Ripe for the Picking

So, what makes a pear a pear? The unique shape is achieved by combining two other diamond cuts: round brilliant and marquise. At one end, you have the gentle curves of a round cut; at the other, the pointed charm of a marquise. Best of all, it retains much of the sparkle of a round cut, despite not conforming exactly to that shape.

Grab yourself a piece of this low-hanging fruit!

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0.72 Carat K SI1 Diamond

A Diamond Beyond Compear

If further pearsuasion is needed, choosing a non-traditional diamond shape like pear can actually save you money! That’s right; because the demand for pear is lower than for round brilliant, it tends to offer better value. A pear shaped diamond could save you as much as 25% compared to a round cut of the same size and quality. How sweet is that?!

Hot take: Pair your pear with a solitaire for a classic setting that’s both affordable and offers maximum light return through the top of the stone.

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Pear to Spare

Thanks to their elongated lines, pear shape diamonds tend to look larger than other shapes of the same carat weight. On the other hand, they gently accentuate slender fingers and make shorter fingers appear longer and slimmer.

14K Rose Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)
Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Who Rocks Pear Shaped Diamonds?

2018 is shaping up to be the year of the pear! Paris Hilton (or should that be Pearis Hilton?) got the party started back in January when she said yes to a juicy 20-carat pear shaped diamond engagement ring. Of course, she’s not alone in her penchant for pear. Other personalities include Ariana Grande, Kaley Cuoco, Cardi B, Sophie Turner, Victoria Beckham, Zoe Saldana, Katherine Heigl, and Margot Robbie.

Pavé Halo Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

See which other non-traditional diamond shapes are in with celebs right now.

What is a Pear Shaped Diamond?

When purchasing a pear shaped diamond, it helps to know which attributes to look out for. That way, you can avoid pulling an Eve and picking the wrong piece!

Cut To minimize the undesirable ‘bow tie’ effect commonly found in pear shaped diamonds, ensure the diamond cut is as symmetrical as possible. It’s more aesthetic plus it returns more light and sparkle back to your eyes.

Color The pointed end of the diamond doesn’t reflect light nearly as well as the round part, so it’s more likely to reveal the stone’s true color. To avoid those ‘warmer’ yellow tones, opt for a high grade on the color scale (no lower than G).

Clarity As with color, any inclusions are more visible if they occur at the pointed end of the diamond, where there are less sparkle and scintillation. You’re better off going for an ‘eye clean’ diamond with a clarity grade of VS2 or above.

Carat The carat weight you choose will largely depend on your budget, but this is not the be-all and end-all. An increase in carat size will often appear negligible, yet raise the price significantly. Far more important are cut, color, and clarity in determining a diamond’s overall beauty.

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Pavé Twisted Rope Engagement Ring
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Pavé Split-Shank Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Looking for pear-fection? Peruse these pear shaped pretties!

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Once you’ve picked the pear you wish to wear, feel free to share it in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Discover additional diamond cuts in our diamond shape blog series.

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Heart Shaped Diamonds with Romantic Style

The cleft at the top of this cut gives heart shaped diamonds their unique, super-lovable form.

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Why Heart Shaped Diamonds?

First, the obvious: who wouldn’t want to propose or give a gift marked with the international symbol for love? A fancy shape with a brilliant cut, heart diamonds give off a spectacular amount of sparkle.

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Who Rocks Heart Diamond Engagement Rings?

Heart shaped diamonds are a great choice for the romantics in your life who love to stand out. Case in point: both Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj have chosen heart shaped diamond engagement rings.

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Because this fancy diamond shape is so unique, it’s best to go for this shape only if your SO has hinted at it (read more about this and more in our Ring Buying 101 blog post!).

What to Know About Heart Shape Diamonds

Anyone who has cut out a paper heart knows that symmetry is essential to the heart diamond’s shape. For a diamond with a distinct heart shape, choose a gem with symmetrical halves as well as a sharp cleft in the cut.

Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Heart Shaped Diamond 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Heart diamonds also tend to show their shape better in larger sizes – if you want a more pronounced heart form, consider a larger carat size for your stone.

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Like other fancy shape diamonds (ex. pear and oval cut diamonds), heart shaped diamonds feature the “bow tie effect”: there is a space in the center of each heart shape diamond that does not reflect light. The better cut the heart diamond, the smaller the bow tie effect.

Unique Heart Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings

For the extraordinary person in your life (who sometimes might like to just be extra), consider one of these intricate heart shaped diamond rings:

Criss Cross Solitaire Engagement Ring

1.03 Carat E-VVS2 Heart Shaped Diamond Criss Cross Diamond Solitaire

Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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Sapphire Floral Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Floral Engagement Ring

Triple Diamond Engagement Ring

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Ready to shop your heart out? Find your heart shaped diamond engagement ring.

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Marquise Cut Diamonds with Pointed Precision

Graceful and elegant, marquise cut diamonds are the only kind of side-eye you’ll ever want to give… or receive!

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Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

If eyes are the window to the soul, then marquise cut diamonds are the sparkly window dressing. These eye-shaped beauties, with their curved sides and pointed ends, give the appearance of a watchful guardian protecting the wearer from a life less lustrous.

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Marquise Cut Diamonds: Ahead of the Curve

Like the gentle outline of oval cut diamonds, but want to score some extra brownie points with your SO? Point your attention to marquise cut diamonds, which are blessed with not one but two points — one at either end.

Typically set in a ‘north/south’ orientation, the marquise cut makes fingers seem longer and more slender. Its elongated shape also creates the illusion of a larger stone, carat for carat, especially when set with round or pear-shaped side stones.

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Etched Rope Profile Solitaire Engagement Ring

Marquise cut diamonds are not lacking in the sparkle department either. Boasting approximately 58 facets, these “fancy shape” stones are more than capable of lighting up a room.

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Pavé Infinity Diamond Engagement Ring

Who Rocks Marquise Cut Diamonds?

Wondering how marquise cut diamonds look IRL? Take your cue from these celebrities and their elegant eye-catchers:

Victoria Beckham, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jerry Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Katie Cassidy, Holly Marie Combs, Portia de Rossi, and Ashlee Simpson.

We don’t mean to tease with celebrity marquise; here’s a more affordable lookalike to put your mind at ease.

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Knife-Edge Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

What to Know About Marquise Cut Diamonds?

Okay. So, you’ve set your heart on a magnificent marquise for your main squeeze. Now what? To ensure you’re getting the most attractive stone for your money, consider the following:

Go Deep as Your Love Choose a diamond that hasn’t been cut too shallow, otherwise light could leak through the stone diminishing its fire and brilliance.

Get Symmetrical Both endpoints of a marquise cut diamond should be perfectly aligned; otherwise, they can throw the stone off balance once it’s mounted in the setting.

Beware the Bow Tie Marquise cuts tend to produce a darkened area at the center of the gem that resembles a bow tie. A well-polished brilliant cut diamond should hide this undesirable effect.

Block Off the Old Chip Like any diamond cut with exposed corners, the ends of a marquise cut need securing. V-tip prongs are widely considered to offer the best protection from chipping.

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Petite Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Beaded Marquise Shape Engagement Ring
Floral Milgrain Engagement Ring

Mad about marquise? Go on a spree for the perfect marquise!

Don’t forget — you can view all of the marquise cut diamonds on JamesAllen.com in glorious 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom.

Once you’ve found the marquise to your true love’s heart, let us know in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Learn more in our diamond shapes blog series: Asscher Cut Diamonds ♦ Emerald Cut Diamonds Heart Shape Diamonds ♦ Oval Cut Diamonds ♦ Princess Cut Diamonds ♦ Radiant Cut Diamonds  Round Cut Diamonds

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Asscher Cut Diamonds with Incredible Clarity

Asscher cut diamonds are loved for their glacier-level clarity and concentric square pattern. Have you ever seen a diamond quite like this?

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Why Asscher Cut Diamonds?

Also called square emerald cut, asscher cut diamonds feature a similar clear and mathematical beauty to their emerald cut diamond cousin.

Channel-Set Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Their sparkle, however,  is closer to that of a classic round brilliant cut diamond. Welcome to the best of both cuts!

Trillion Ruby Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

Asscher cut diamonds’ square table and cropped corners form a shining, stand-out octagon shape.

Comfort Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

The symmetrical lines inside this step cut diamond create what is called a “hall of mirrors effect” (makes sense – we can’t help but get lost in this stunner!).

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Who Rocks Asscher Cut Engagement Rings?

Elizabeth Taylor and Pippa Middleton (a.k.a. grace and style personified) both chose asscher cut engagement ring center stones.

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Pippa Middleton’s Engagement Ring | Image Source: bouquetcatch.com

1920s-Now: Timeless Art Deco Diamonds

Octagon Halo Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Named after its early-20th century creator Joseph Asscher, this diamond shape was also the go-to choice for jewelry in the art deco era.

Vintage Bezel Pavé Engagement Ring

18K Yellow Gold Antique Bezel And Pavé Set Engagement Ring

Asscher cut diamond rings are a vintage, unique, and elegant choice.

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What to Know About Asscher Cut Diamonds

The extraordinary clarity of asscher cut diamonds makes everything inside the stone easier to see, so it’s best to choose a diamond with fewer inclusions (marks inside the diamond).

Art Deco Geometric Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Art Deco Geometric Diamond Engagement Ring

Look for a clarity level as close to flawless as possible.

Triple Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Triple Diamond Engagement Ring

Clearly in love with this shape? Create your Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring.

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