How To Choose The Best Diamond Shape For An Engagement Ring

Deciding you’re going to propose to your partner is an incredibly exciting time. However, for some, deciding which ring to buy can quickly turn this excitement into fear. It isn’t uncommon for people to feel out of their depth when browsing engagement rings and when greeted with a range of different styles to choose from, it can be really daunting. 

You will have probably been told to look at the four C’s when purchasing an engagement or wedding ring. Carat, colour, clarity and cut are all important but, there is actually one other huge factor that needs to be considered; diamond shape. A diamond’s shape is often one of the most noticeable things about a ring. To help anyone struggling to decide which diamond shape to choose for an engagement ring, the Essex jewellers at Bonds of Brentwood have put together a helpful guide. 

The most common diamond shapes

Getting familiar with the most commonly seen diamond shapes is a great place to start. Thankfully, the majority of the shapes are pretty self-explanatory and you can envisage what they will look like just from their name. 

Common engagement ring shapes tend to include; 

  • Round
  • Square
  • Pear
  • Heart 
  • Oval 
  • Marquise 

All of these shapes are very distinctive and completely different from one another. Many people narrow down what they’re looking for by shape so, once you have decided on a shape you will find engagement ring shopping much easier. 

Things to consider when deciding on a shape 

When it comes to choosing which shape to go for, there are certain things you need to bear in mind. It is important to always have your partner in mind when doing this and to consider what they like rather than what you like. We would always suggest you take some time to think about the following three things; 


You want to ensure that the engagement ring you choose reflects your partner’s personality. For example, if your partner is a traditionalist then it is quite likely that they will want a classic round-shaped diamond ring. Think of the ring as an extension of your partner, it is something that everyone will see, so make sure it matches them as a person. 


You also want to make sure that the ring you choose fits in with their everyday style. Think about the jewellery that your partner wears already and take this as a guide. Whilst an engagement ring needs to be extra special, they are going to wear it all the time so it has to work with the rest of their jewellery and their style in general. Always consider their personal taste before you hand over any money. 


Lastly, you need to know that the ring you choose compliments the size of your partner’s hands. For example, if your partner has small hands with shorter fingers then elongated styles such as a pear, oval or marquise shapes will probably be best. Proportions are so important when choosing an engagement ring and can make a huge difference when the ring is actually placed on your partner’s finger. 

Taking the time to consider these three things should help you to instantly narrow down your diamond shape choices. It is also a good way to ensure that you make the decision with your partner in mind rather than making a random choice because you ‘liked it’. 

Purchasing an engagement ring 

Now that you understand a little bit more about the different diamond shapes that you regularly see and also the things you need to consider when deciding on a shape, you are set to purchase your partner’s dream ring. It goes without saying that you know them better than anyone so, have faith that they will love the ring you choose for them. 

If you’re searching for the best place to purchase an engagement ring in Essex, Bonds of Brentwood can help. From classic diamond rings to contemporary styles we have a huge selection from you to choose from. As experienced jewellers in Essex, their team will be able to provide you with their professional opinion as and when required and, also supply you with any additional information you require about the rings in our shop. You can trust that you are in safe hands with our team. 


by Bonds Essex

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