What diamond shape is right for you? We understand at Novita, how difficult it is to work out what shape best suits you. This is why our gemmologists have put together this easy to understand guide with a simple goal in mind, to help you work out what diamond shape is right for you. Unfortunately, there is a lot of false and misleading information online, this is due to companies wanting to push certain shapes. The reasons behind it can vary from trying to create new trends, get rid of slow-moving stock or bigger profit margins.
Our gemmologists have kept an unbiased point of view and listed the genuine pros and cons for each diamond shape to help best inform you.
Let's start with our most popular cut, the round brilliant shape.
- Out of all the shapes, it sparkles the most. This is because of the way the facets are cut in a round diamond it maximises back the reflection of light.
- Our customers have more options as there is a lot of stock is available to choose from.
- Round diamonds are classic and always in fashion. While all the other shapes come in and out of fashion every so many years.
- For solitaire style rings, they are the best shape.
- In the natural diamond industry round Diamonds tend to be 20-30% more expensive. HOWEVER, in the lab grown diamond industry is the other way around, round diamonds can be slightly cheaper than some of the other shapes. This is another advantage of lab created diamonds over mined diamonds.
- Out of all the shapes, oval shapes look the biggest. This is because they are shallow and elongated making the spread of the diamond a lot bigger from the top. On average ovals look over 12-20% bigger than round diamonds.
- They are roughly 15-25% cheaper than round diamonds, due to less wastage from the rough diamond when it is cut.
- Cheaper than a round cut stone and great choice for getting a larger looking stone.
- There is a loss of sparkle in the middle of the diamond. This is because of to the elongated shape which means there are less facets in the middle of the diamond. We call it a “bow tie” effect when it becomes very noticeable.
Note: Some diamonds have it and some diamonds don’t.
- Tip: Stick to our “available in showroom” or “recommended” diamond list, our gemmologists have already hand-picked oval diamonds that do not have bow ties.
- Tip: Be wary of sites especially in the US that list cheap oval diamonds. Those diamonds are cheap for a reason, usually, they have large bow ties. They are often referred to as “reject” diamonds in the diamond industry.
- Tip: Oval diamonds are the second most stocked shape by Novita, providing you a great range to choose from. If what you are looking for it’s not in our current stock, contact us and one of our gemmologists will source it for you.