Diamonds are cut in many shapes, both modern and traditional. The shape
of a diamond refers to its basic form - oval, round or pear-shaped. Shape is
often confused with the cut, but cut refers to the diamond's ability to
reflect light that creates its fire and brilliance. A round diamond, for
example, could be well cut or shallow cut depending on its proportions.
Shape is simply a matter of personal preference. For a ring, you might
choose a marquise or oval shape because it makes your finger appear longer.
Pear-shaped diamonds look best on smaller fingers. Traditionally, stud
earrings are in the classic round or princess shape.
Like fashion, the shape of a diamond can express your individuality. Find
your favorites among the most popular and flattering shapes shown here.