The Hidden Meaning Behind the Cut of Your Engagement Ring

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The most exciting aspect of the engagement process can also arguably be the most agonizing: Deciding which type of ring you’ll have. After all, it’s the longest style commitment you’ll ever make. Luckily, diamonds never go out of style.

GIA-graduated gemologist and fourth-generation diamantaire, Olivia Landau has provided countless couples with expert guidance on how to choose a sparkler. The New York-based private jeweler and founder of The Clear Cut has made a career of creating one of a kind engagement rings and custom fine jewelry for brides and their grooms. “The experience has to be transparent and enjoyable,” Landau says, referring to the bespoke process.

“A diamond is very personal and very pricey. It’s important to ensure that you’ll fall in love with the stone when your significant other makes the big purchase. Trying different styles is a great way to get a sense of what you like on your hand—there are no wrong choices in choosing a diamond cut, but knowing your personal style and what you’ll feel most comfortable wearing can help your soon-to-be fiancé make the right decision.”

Below, Landau breaks down eight of the most common diamond cuts and what they say about you.

“This cut is for someone who is drawn to a classic and timeless style,” Landau says. “A round brilliant is perfect for someone who wants a traditional look that will last through the ages; the brilliant faceting is also great for women looking for maximum sparkle.”

“Emerald cuts exude elegance and refinement. The elongated shape and step-cut faceting is great for someone on the more understated side.” Landau says this cut is best suited for women who have discerning taste—those who skew classic with an edge.

According to Landau, the cushion cut is both feminine and trendy. “A cushion’s curved corners and brilliant facets are perfect for someone searching for a soft look with a lot of sparkle.”

Oval cuts have become one of the most up-and-coming, popular diamond shapes. “This cut is great for those who love to stay ahead of the trends, but also love a classic, elegant aesthetic,” she says.

Pear or Marquise
These cuts are for the rebels. “Women who move to the beat of their own drum and don’t want a ring like everyone else gravitate toward a pear or marquise,” Landau says. Both of these cuts are also great for someone looking to create the illusion of elegant, long hands.

“Asscher cuts have an old world sophistication. Women who love antiques and unique designs tend to gravitate more toward asscher cuts for their retro look,” she says. Similar to emerald cuts, asscher cut diamonds have step-cut faceting rather than brilliant-cut faceting, making them understated and elegant.

“Women who like radiant cuts tend to be bubbly and outgoing,” Landau observes. “The brilliant faceting and rectangular shape is great for those who love a lot of sparkle and flash!