The Most Popular Shapes of Ladies’ Diamond Rings

Finding the perfect ring can feel like a daunting task, especially if you’re buying one to show the person you love how much you care. 

There are various things to consider when buying a ring, including the range of diamond shapes available. Whether you’re about to get down on one knee or looking to mark a special occasion, a diamond ring is the perfect symbol of love. Some diamond shapes are more popular than others, but each one offers something special. 

Our diamond shape guide explains what to look for when buying a diamond ring.

Cushion cut diamond ring


What are the different shapes of diamonds?

Ring experts state that there are more than 10 iconic ring shapes available. 

Some shapes are more traditional and classic, whilst others provide a more elegant and romantic feel. 

No matter your individual style or budget, there’ll be a stunning diamond ring in a shape that you adore. These are some of the most beautiful ring shapes around:

Different ring shapes

What is the best diamond shape for an engagement ring?

Making a lifelong commitment to your partner is without a doubt one of the biggest decisions of your life. Therefore, it’s vital that you know which diamond shape you want when making such a commitment. 

The most common shape for an engagement ring is the round brilliant cut diamond. The round cut is a popular choice because of its: 

  • Brilliance
  • Light performance
  • Sparkle

With different diamond shapes on show in shop windows, you may not know the differences between each. However, understanding the differences will mean that your bride gets a ring tailored to her. 

As some engagement ring shapes are better known than others, let’s dive into the different shapes in more detail.

What shape diamond will suit my finger?

Take one ring and place it on multiple women with different sized hands, and the diamond will look completely different. 

Whilst you may look upon some shapes with awe, the ring in question may not suit your finger. 

Matching the size and shape of the diamond with the width and length of your finger is crucial for achieving the perfect look. By getting the proportions right, the ring will achieve its optimal look. Here are some rules of thumb to bear in mind:

  • Most fingers are flattered by round brilliant cut rings.
  • Longer and thinner fingers suit elongated cuts.
  • Pear and oval shapes work well on shorter/chunkier fingers.
  • Typically, the smaller your hands are, the more delicate the ring should be.
pear shaped diamond ring

Which popular diamond shape is the most flattering?

No matter the finger your ring is sitting on, you want to make sure it doesn’t feel as though it’s getting in the way. If it’s an engagement ring, it’s something you’ll be wearing every day, which is why choosing a flattering diamond shape is key.

Are you looking for something eye catching and dramatic? Or would you prefer a more understated and subtle look? 

How well the band fits and the size (carat) of the diamond can impact how it looks. Whilst on your finger the ring should be snug, tight enough to stay in place, with a little wiggle room. Too loose, you may risk the ring falling off. The better it fits, the more flattering the diamond ring will be.

How weighted the ring is may also impact its overall feel and look. Generally speaking, the larger the carat, the more gold or platinum is needed. Small, dainty hands, for example, may feel weighed down if the carat is too large. 

The most complimentary ring shape is a round cut diamond as it’s universally flattering. Whether it be for yourself or a special someone in your life, the good news is that the shape of the diamond itself shouldn’t make the ring uncomfortable for the wearer in any way.

For the most flattering diamond ring, the key thing here is getting something that suits the person’s hand shape and finger length.

Which ring shape is the most expensive?

The pricing of diamonds varies from shape to shape and is based on various factors. These include:

  • Rarity
  • Mining location
  • Certification
  • Cut
  • Clarity
  • Colour
  • Carat 

Those last four points form part of what is known as the diamond’s 4 c’s. The diamond cut is one of the biggest contributing factors when it comes to pricing. Knowing the difference between each one can help you find a ring within budget.

A perfectly cut round diamond requires a lot of skill and attention in order to achieve its symmetrical shape. Therefore, although round brilliant cut diamonds are the most popular, they can also be one of the most expensive.

What is the difference between the diamond cut and diamond shape?

Though a diamond does have to be cut to create its shape, the diamond cut – as it’s often referred to – is a different thing altogether. 

The diamond cut is part of the 4 c’s and is part of the process which helps determine the overall quality of the stone. The quality of the cut determines a diamond’s beauty and shine, and when a diamond is cut to a high standard, this allows light to emit and give off a stunning and intense sparkle. 

When we talk about diamond shape, we’re looking at the physical appearance of the gemstone.

Where can I  buy diamond rings?

Here at Miltons Diamonds, we offer an eye-catching collection of ladies’ rings that are sure to shine and sparkle. 

Whether you have a preferred diamond shape in mind or you’re happy to browse through our stunning range, simply shop online or visit us in one of our stores to try the ring for yourself.

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