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Round or square? The hidden meaning behind the cut of your engagement ring

Text: Ariel Okin; Photography: Gallo Images/Getty Images

September 21, 2017

Round or square? The hidden meaning behind the cut of your engagement ring

The most exciting aspect of the engagement process can also arguably be the most agonising: Deciding which type of ring you’ll wear. After all, it’s the longest style commitment you’ll ever make. Luckily, diamonds never go out of style.

Gemologist and fourth-generation diamantaire, Olivia Landau, who graduated from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), has provided countless couples with expert guidance on how to choose a sparkler. The New York-based private jeweller and founder of The Clear Cut has made a career of creating one of a kind engagement rings and custom fine jewellery for brides and their grooms. “The experience has to be transparent and enjoyable,” Landau says, referring to the bespoke process.

“A diamond is very personal and very pricey. It’s important to ensure that you’ll fall in love with the stone when your significant other makes the big purchase. Trying different styles is a great way to get a sense of what you like on your hand — there are no wrong choices in choosing a diamond cut, but knowing your personal style and what you’ll feel most comfortable wearing can help your soon-to-be fiancé make the right decision.”

Below, Landau breaks down eight of the most common diamond cuts and what they say about you.

Round

“This cut is for someone who is drawn to a classic and timeless style,” Landau says. “A round brilliant is perfect for someone who wants a traditional look that will last through the ages; the brilliant faceting is also great for women looking for maximum sparkle.”

Emerald

“Emerald cuts exude elegance and refinement. The elongated shape and step-cut faceting is great for someone on the more understated side,” states Landau. And she adds that this cut is best suited for women who have discerning taste — those who skew classic with an edge.

Cushion

According to Landau, the cushion cut is both feminine and trendy: “A cushion’s curved corners and brilliant facets are perfect for someone searching for a soft look with a lot of sparkle.”

Oval

Oval cuts have become one of the most up-and-coming, popular diamond shapes. “This cut is great for those who love to stay ahead of the trends, but also love a classic, elegant aesthetic,” Landau says.

Pear and marquise

These cuts are for the rebels. “Women who move to the beat of their own drum and don’t want a ring like everyone else gravitate towards a pear or marquise,” says Landau. Both of these cuts are also great for someone looking to create the illusion of elegant, long hands.

Asscher

“Asscher cuts have an old-world sophistication. Women who love antiques and unique designs tend to gravitate more toward Asscher cuts for their retro look,” Landau notes. Similar to emerald cuts, Asscher-cut diamonds have step-cut faceting rather than brilliant-cut faceting, making them understated and elegant.

Radiant

“Women who like radiant cuts tend to be bubbly and outgoing,” observes Landau. “The brilliant faceting and rectangular shape is great for those who love a lot of sparkle and flash!

Taken from Vogue US. Click here to read the original.

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