Loose diamonds can be found in many different shapes. Each of these designs have their own properties. Some of the common shapes of diamond are round, radiant, princess, pear, oval, heart, marquise and others. While buying loose diamonds, one should have some idea about their cut, the number of facets and the characteristics. This information helps you judge the price effectively and can also tell you if the cut is appropriate for your needs. Generally, these fancy loose diamonds are used as the centre-stone of any jewelry design as they grab the attention. To accentuate the beauty of the centre piece, one can also use small stones around the big one. However, in most of the cases, the single stone is enough to make the jewelry beautiful. It all boils down to the budget and personal preferences.
Any round shaped brilliant cut diamond is probably the most common shape for a diamond. Almost eighty percent of the diamonds sold today are round shaped. A round shaped diamond has 25 pavilions and 33 crown facets which brings the total facets count to 58. This is why round shaped diamonds are the most sparkling diamonds. Most of the rings, earrings, pendants and studs are created using round shaped diamonds.
When choosing a pear shaped loose diamond, one must look for a stone which has a properly shaped head and shoulders are levelled. The best length to width ratio is considered to be 1.5. The shape sof the stones make the fingers of the wearer look longer. Per shape diamonds are also great to create great pendants. Oval shapes have irregular pavilion count which can vary from 4 to 8. For this shape, again the best length to width ratio would be 1.5.
Brilliant cut diamonds actually cost less than round shaped diamonds and also shine more than pear shaped or marquise shape diamonds. Square shaped or rectangular shaped stones have cut corners and are often called as a radiant cut diamond. Princess cut is a modified version of brilliant cut and is rectangular in shape. Princess cut has a total of 50 to 58 facets. Emerald cuts are not very brilliant or sparkling when compared to other popular cuts. However, the refined beauty and elegance is unmatched. Heart shaped diamonds are very eye catching and are often used in pendants or earrings.