Step 1: Cut

Many people confuse cut with the shape of a diamond. The shape you select is a matter of individual taste, and today your choice is only limited by the skill and imagination of the craftsman. It is his or her effort during every stage of the fashioning process that reflects the maximum amount of light back to the eye. Most round, brilliant-cut or fancy-shaped diamonds possess 58 carefully angled flat surfaces, called facets, whose placement will affect the fire, brilliance and ultimate beauty of your diamond.


  1. When a diamond is cut to good proportions (Ideal Cut), light is reflected from one facet to another and then dispersed through the crown, or the top of the stone.
  2. If the cut of the diamond is too deep, some light escapes through the opposite side of the pavilion, or bottom.
  3. If the cut is too shallow, light escapes through the pavilion before it can be reflected.

The most popular shapes of a diamond.

The shape of the diamond is a personal decision. Most styles of engagement rings can be made to accept any shape diamond, although some styles are made for a specific shape.

Diamond Shapes

Diamond Shapes

I have relationships with many diamond cutters and dealers who work with me to provide the best diamond value for my friends. Whenever you look for a diamond, let me know the size, shape, quality, and price of the diamond you think you’re interested in. I’ll check with my partners and get you the diamond that’s a perfect symbol of your love.