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Have you ever wondered what all of the different diamond shapes say about their owners?

Or why you are drawn to one shape over another, which often has nothing to do with popularity or fashion? Here’s my take on what your diamond shape says about you. There are lots of shapes available but I have picked my top five.

Round is a very classic shape. It’s also considered to be the most brilliant of all diamonds as a round brilliant cut allows for even dispersion of light. It can also hide inclusions very well. If you favour a round diamond you are a traditional romantic at heart.

The second most popular diamond shape is the cushion cut. Cushion cuts have soft corners and slightly curved sides to give them a cushion type shape, hence their namesake.

It also offers choice within the shape itself as you can find stunning cushion cuts with a rectangular shape or slightly more square in shape to give a different look. It used to be thought that cushion cuts were for ladies with a vintage flair, however I’m seeing more and more modern day brides fall in love with this design. Cushion cuts are the perfect option for the bride looking for the sparkle of a round with a square look, but wish to avoid the ‘sharpness’ of a princess cut.

If you are more drawn to the elegant emerald cut (or asscher cut) then I would say you love clean lines and a more subtle kind of sparkle. Emerald and asscher cuts are part of the ‘step cut’ family and exhibit crisp flashes of light rather than lots of small scintillation, aka – sparkle.

My favourite diamond shape has to be the pear shape. My wife wears a pear and I love the timeless shape of this stone. The perfect pear shape diamond can be tricky to source though as they are a bit of a mix between the oval and marquise shape and can exhibit a ‘bowtie’ if they are not proportioned well. Pear diamond lovers are generally traditional and romantic but are unique at the same time.

– Matthew Ely, York Jewellers

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