By now we know all about the 4 C’s, but how does one go about choosing the diamond that is right for you?
It all begins with the cut, meaning the shape of the diamond. Traditionally and to this day, the round brilliant cut is perceived to be the perfect cut for a diamond. But what about the other shapes? Does the femininity of the oval appeal to you? Or are you more inclined towards the geometric shape of the princess cut? And if the stark lines of the princess cut do not appeal to you, would you rather go for the softer look of a cushion cut diamond?
Fancy shapes have seasons. Celebrities play a big role in which shapes are popular. When Ashley Judd showed off a big cushion cut diamond on her finger, jewellery designers brought out collections based on the cushion cut and everybody wanted one. At the moment, ovals and cushions are trending, but next year it may change to marquise and pear shape.
Designs change with time. If you have your heart set on an oval, ask yourself if you will still like it when you decide to change your ring a few years from now. The halo cluster may be not what you like in ten years, so make sure that whatever shape you choose can be used in a ring of a different design.