Round vs. Fancy Shaped Diamonds for Personal Style and Savings

The heart of any engagement ring is the diamond. Whether round brilliant cut or fancy radiant cut, it’s important to know the ins and outs of choosing a diamond shape and how shape and size can affect price before making a decision.

The round brilliant cut diamond solitaire is by far the most popular choice for an engagement ring, accounting for 75 percent of all diamonds sold.

The round brilliant cut diamond solitaire is by far the most popular choice for an engagement ring, accounting for 75 percent of all diamonds sold. Round diamonds come at a premium, with a price tag reflecting high market demand and manufacturing for supreme brilliance. The degree of precision and the proportions of the cut determine the intensity of light return and sparkle. Round cut diamonds are engineered for maximize radiance, whereas the facet structure and shape of fancy cut diamonds can vary influencing the degree of brilliance and value of the stone.

Fancy shaped diamonds can cost up to 25 percent less than round diamonds of similar carat and quality.

A world of distinctive options can be yours in choosing a fancy shaped cut over a round diamond and you may even save a little cash in the process. Princess, emerald, Asscher, cushion, marquise, oval, pear, and heart cut shapes are considered fancy shaped diamonds and can cost up to 25 percent less than round diamonds of similar carat and quality. To really work your budget, choose a fancy cut just shy of a popular carat weight; for example, a 1.9-carat stone will usually cost less than a full 2.0-carat stone.

The left-most ring, pictured here, is a stunning example of a marquise cut diamond.

Where round diamonds are considered classic, fancy shapes are often more reflective of personal style and work well with colorful gemstone accents and period settings. The romantic stepped sides and clipped corners of the Asscher cut is a natural fit for vintage-inspired settings. Marquise, oval and pear-shaped diamonds are attractive in that their elongated shape has the visual appearance of being larger than round stones of the same carat size. For solitaire lovers, the square princess cut is an edgier take on the round solitaire with similar faceting to yield comparable brilliance for less.

Princess Cut Diamond surrounded by smaller round cut diamonds

With fancy cut diamonds, it’s all about personal expression and maximizing a budget. Consider your options—visit Braswell and Son for engagement ring inspiration, savings, and luxury vintage jewelry finds.