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How to Pick the Perfect Diamond Ring Shape for Your Hands

Tips for Choosing a Diamond Ring Shape That Best Complements Your Style and Hand Shape

Lisa Marie Kotchey Jewelry
November 6, 2020

Did your partner just pop the big question? Congratulations! If you haven’t picked out an engagement ring yet, now is the perfect time to start looking into a design. Engagement rings carry great significance and importance, so it’s crucial that you pick the right diamond ring shape for yourself. That’s why we’re reviewing our top tips and advice for designing a stunning and meaningful engagement ring. Check out our full guide now! 

Different Types of Diamond Engagement Ring Shapes You Can Try

Before choosing a diamond ring shape, you should familiarize yourself with all of the different types available to you

man putting an engagement ring on fiancee's finger
You’ll be wearing this ring for the rest of your life, so make sure you design one that accurately fits your vision. 

When you start designing your ring, you’ll probably feel a little overwhelmed by all of the shape options you have to choose from. You can keep it simple with a round cut or go for something more unique like a heart cut. Emerald and princess cuts are also stunning. Let’s explore all of your options together! 

Image courtesy of The Diamond Pro

  • Round: Great for people with long fingers
  • Princess: Also flattering on people with long fingers
  • Emerald: Perfect for elongating short and wide fingers
  • Cushion: Classic design that looks great on slender fingers
  • Asscher: Brilliant shape that is flattering on people with wide fingers
  • Pear: Can lengthen the shape of your finger
  • Oval: Another shape that is perfect for shorter fingers
  • Heart: Romantic and classic shape that can lengthen the appearance of your fingers
  • Radiant: Gorgeous rectangular shape that is flatting on short fingers
  • Marquise: Lip-shaped design that is popular for people with short, wide fingers
  • Baguette: Simple cut that can elongate shorter fingers
  • Trillion: Stunning diamond shape that is flattering on people with short fingers


round cut diamond

The round cut is probably the most popular engagement ring style. In fact, it makes up over ⅔ of diamonds that are sold. It’s easy to see why. The shape’s classic and timeless appearance makes it favored among couples looking for the perfect engagement ring. 


princess cut diamond

The princess cut shape is also popular among engaged couples. Shaped like the square, the princess cut is perfect for someone who wants something both elegant and bold. This cut is also less expensive to create than most of the other shapes included on this list. 


emerald cut diamond

The emerald shape is perfect for someone who wants a larger diamond without dealing with a steep price tag. This is because the emerald’s cut allows it to show off its size better than the other shapes. The shape’s long lines and angular cuts also give it a glamorous appeal unmatched by the other cuts. 


cushion cut diamond

The cushion shape most closely resembles the princess cut. However, as you can see from the image, its edges are much “softer.” Hence the name, “cushion.” 


asscher cut diamond

The Asscher offers a unique, vintage look for its wearers. It’s most similar to the emerald cut. However, this cut tends to provide a bit more sparkle than its counterpart. 


The pear cut is another popular choice among couples. The wearer will typically direct the pointed end of the diamond to their heart. 


oval cut diamond

If you’re looking for something bold and dramatic, you’ll love the oval shape. This cut offers a more elongated appearance than the others, making it perfect for smaller hands. 


heart cut diamond

What better way to symbolize your love for your fiancé than with a heart cut diamond? Couples who are sentimental romantics will love this delicate shape. 


The radiant cut offers a high level of brilliance for its wearer. Because of its beveled corners, the radiant cut is a top choice among people with active lifestyles. 


marquise cut diamond

One of the most dramatic cuts is the marquise. This sophisticated cut was originally requested by King Louis XIV, who was inspired by the shape of his mistresses’ lips. 


baguette cut diamond

Baguette diamonds are typically used as complements to larger stones. As a result, they offer a simple and classy look to any ring design. 


trillion cut diamond

People who want something unique and dazzling will love the trillion cut. Like the baguette, trillions can act as complementary side stones. However, they also make wonderful centerpieces. 

How to Choose the Right Shape

Follow this guide for picking the right diamond ring shape that reflects your unique taste and style

young couple looking at engagement rings
Picking out the perfect engagement ring can be a fun, but stressful, endeavor. 

Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with all of the possible diamond shapes you can choose, it’s time to decide which one matches your unique style and vision best! 

When it comes to designing an engagement ring, it’s important to remember that there is no such thing as a “perfect” or even “better” shape to choose from. Everyone has their own tastes and preferences. However, there are several things you can keep in mind:

  • Because of the amount of material lost during the cutting process, the round diamond shape is the most expensive. 
  • Radiant, cushion, oval, and marquise offer the most sparkle. If you’re looking for a cut with a high amount of brilliance, you’ll want to go with one of these shapes. 
  • If you want a larger, more elongated shape, we recommend going with the pear, oval, emerald, marquise, or trillion cuts. 

Still not sure which shape is right for you? No worries! At Lisa Kotchey Designs we work with you every step of the way to find the right shape and cut for you. 

Are you ready to start designing the engagement ring of your dreams? Contact Lisa Kotchey today to get started. From choosing the right diamond ring shape to picking a width for your band, we can assist you with every step of the design process.