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How to Choose an Engagement Ring Based on Your Personality

The shape of your diamond matters, but picking it can be hard. Learn more about popular cuts before committing to an engagement ring.

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Every diamond engagement ring—peeking out from its tiny box, glinting in the light—is as unique as its wearer. That's because no two stones are alike. But to narrow down your favorites, consider the cut: Those angles and facets go a long way in defining a ring's personality, and reflecting yours.

 

To help you pick your perfect match, we've broken down the different style categories. We've also provided storage inspiration, by way of ring boxes that complement each diamond shape. A cute velvet box is a sweet place to put your ring (when it's not on your finger!). These were made for us by Weft and Whimsy (heart, lips, Popsicle, berry, triangle, and rectangle shapes), Amonié (round), and Secret Keeper Box (octagon).

 

From top and left to right: Tacori "RoyalT" Oval Cut Set in Platinum, $11,490 for setting only, tacori.com. De Beers Classic Princess-Cut Solitaire Set in Platinum, price upon request, debeers.com. Sylvie Collection "Angelika" Cushion-Cut Halo Set in Platinum, style SY395, $3,036 for setting only, sylviecollection.com. Fred Leighton Asscher Cut Set in Platinum, price upon request, 212-288-1872. Kwiat Pear Cut Set in Platinum, price upon request, kwiat.com. Graff New York Marquise Cut Set in Platinum, price upon request, graffdiamonds.com. Harry Kotlar Harmonie Collection Radiant Cut Set in Platinum, style J-5749, price upon request, harrykotlar.com. Tiffany & Co. "Soleste" Round Cut Set in Platinum, price upon request, tiffany.com. Bulgari "High Jewelry" Ring Collection Emerald Cut Set in Platinum, price upon request, 1-800-BVLGARI.
 
Boxes: Weft and Whimsy Ring Boxes, from $50 each, weftandwhimsy.etsy.com. Amonié Ring Boxes, $55, amonieringboxes.etsy.com. Secret Keeper Ring Boxes, $60, secretkeeperbox.etsy.com.

Simple Geometrics

Trendsetters—whether in fashion or décor—have embraced the art deco–inspired, graphically pleasing lines of geometric shapes in recent years. And jewelers are no exception. Look for styles like hexagonal rose cuts and starburst designs (a center stone surrounded by baguettes, for instance) to make a serious statement.

 

From top and left to right: Laura Preshong "Leila" Brilliant Cut Set in 14k White Gold, $1,535 for setting only, laurapreshong.com. Single Stone "Savannah" Old European Cut Set in Platinum and 18k Yellow Gold, $14,500, greenwichjewelers.com. Martin Katz Square Emerald Cut Set in 18k White Gold, price upon request, martinkatz.com. Jemma Wynne x Stone & Strand Double Pavé Hexagon Frame Set in 18k Gold, from $9,870, stoneandstrand.com. Siegelson New York Double-Prong Asscher Cut Set in Platinum, price upon request, 212-832-2666. Laura Preshong "Natalia" Baguette Halo in 14k Yellow Gold, $3,300 for setting only, laurapreshong.com. Oscar Heyman Emerald Cut with Two Tapered Baguettes Set in Platinum, price upon request, oscarheyman.com. Eva Fehren White "The Etoile" Hexagonal Cut Set in 18k Rose Gold, price upon request, evafehren.com. Nikos Koulis "Oui" Collection Emerald Cut with Black Enamel, $8,670, Bergdorf Goodman, 212-753-7300.

On Point

Fancier diamond shapes—including pears, hearts, and other pointed picks—are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. And some designers have taken to combining multiple diamonds to create a whole new shape—a star, for instance, or the flower-petal look of a double pear. These are some eye-catching sparklers.

 
From top and left to right: Kirk Kara "Carmella" Pear-Shaped Halo in Platinum, style K1005DI-R, $5,440 for setting only, kirkkara.com. Rebecca Overmann Double-Pear Rose Cut in 14k Yellow Gold (similar to shown), $8,100, greenwichjewelers.com. Diamonds by Lauren Heart Set in Platinum, style R5551, $9,595, diamondsbylauren.com. Jade Trau "Free Bird" Pear-Cut Halo in Platinum, price upon request, jadetrau.com. Diamonds by Lauren Marquise Cut Set in Platinum, style R4573, $10,995, diamondsbylauren.com. Selim Mouzannar Star in Pink Gold with Diamonds and Morganite, style IS0122A008, $1,990, brokenenglishjewelry.com. Michelle Fantaci "Anniversaire" Double-Sided Rose-Cut Trillion in 18k Green Gold, $9,500, twistonline.com. Uneek Pear with Halo, price upon request, uneekjewelry.com.

Squared Off

Stately and stunning, square and emerald-cut diamonds are a timeless choice. Look for east-west settings— with the stone set on the horizontal—for a fresh perspective; or radiant cuts (an emerald shape cut with triangular facets), for added brilliance.

 

From top and left to right: Stephen Russell Baguette Diamond, Emerald Cut and Set in Platinum, price upon request, stephenrussell.com. Simon G. Jewelry Radiant Cut in 18k White Gold, style MR2088, $3,300 for setting only, simongjewelry.com. Tacori "Royalt" Princess Cut Set in 18k Rose Gold, $6,890 for setting only, tacori.com. Michael M Heirloom-Inspired Emerald Cut Set in Platinum, style R728-2.5, $4,570, michaelmcollection.com. Mcteigue & Mcclelland Antique Cushion-Cut Solitaire, price upon request, mc2jewels.com. Ritani Cushion-Cut Halo Micropavé Set in Platinum, style LR02065, price upon request, ritani.com. Coast Diamond Princess Cut in 14k White Gold, style LC5410-PC, $1,250, coastdiamond.com. Octavia Elizabeth "Signature Solitaire" Emerald Cut Set in 18k Rose Gold, from $3,800, octaviaelizabeth.com.

In the Round

The round diamond solitaire is a classic for a reason. It's simple, universally flattering, and, thanks to the brilliant cut, almost always the sparkliest pick. Oval cuts—another versatile shape that is especially stunning when set with smaller stones—are on the rise, though.

 

From top and left to right: Van Cleef & Arpels "Motifs Pétales" Oval Solitaire Set in Platinum, price upon request, vancleefarpels.com. Henri Daussi "AV" Cushion Cut, price upon request, henridaussi.com. Nirav Modi "Pumpkin" Ring, Brilliant Cut Encased Within a Basket Of Pear-Shaped Diamonds, price upon request, 212-603-0000. Karl Lagerfeld "Perspective" in Platinum, style 31-KA158ERP, $6,800, sayyeswithkarl.com. Forevermark "The Center of My Universe" Oval Cut Set in 18k Rose Gold, price upon request, forevermark.com. Michael B "The Paris Ring" Set in Platinum, $8,800, michaelbjewelry.com. Cartier "Love" Ring in 18k White Gold, price upon request, cartier.com. Effy "Infinite Love" Halo, $8,700, macys.com.
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