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June 21, 2024 3 min read

Diamonds have long captured the imagination of civilizations throughout history, revered for their unparalleled beauty, brilliance, and symbolism. While diamonds naturally occur in various shapes and forms, certain cuts and shapes have emerged as timeless classics, beloved for their elegance and versatility. Join Soha Diamond Co. on a sparkling journey as we explore the fascinating history behind some of the most popular diamond shapes that continue to dazzle and enchant us today. 

The Round Brilliant Cut: A Timeless Icon 

The round brilliant cut diamond stands as the pinnacle of elegance and sophistication, renowned for its unparalleled sparkle and brilliance. While the exact origins of the round brilliant cut are shrouded in mystery, it wasn’t until the 17th century that diamond cutting techniques began to evolve, leading to the development of the modern round brilliant cut. Today, the round brilliant cut remains the most popular diamond shape, beloved for its timeless allure and ability to maximize light performance and sparkle. 

The Princess Cut: Modern Elegance and Geometric Precision

The princess cut diamond emerged as a modern alternative to traditional round diamonds in the 1960s, with its sleek, square shape and geometric facets. Originally known as the “square modified brilliant,” the princess cut quickly gained popularity for its contemporary aesthetic and ability to showcase a diamond’s brilliance and fire. Today, the princess cut continues to captivate couples seeking a blend of modern elegance and timeless sophistication in their engagement rings. 

The Emerald Cut: Vintage Glamour and Art Deco Splendor 

The emerald cut diamond boasts a rich history dating back to the Art Deco era of the 1920s and 1930s, characterized by its long, rectangular shape and stepped facets. Inspired by clean lines and geometric motifs of the Art Deco movement, the emerald cut exudes vintage glamour and sophistication, making it a popular choice for those seeking a timeless and elegant engagement ring. While originally developed for emerald gemstones, the emerald cut’s understated elegance and refined beauty have made it a sought-after choice for diamonds, as well. 

The Oval Cut: Romantic Elegance and Feminine Grace 

The oval cut diamond traces its origins back to the 1960s when diamond cutters began experimenting with elongated variations of the round brilliant cut. The result was a graceful and elongated shape that combines the brilliance of a round diamond with the sleek lines of a marquise cut. The oval cut quickly gained popularity for its romantic elegance and feminine grace, making it a versatile choice for engagement rings. 

The Marquise Cut: Regal Heritage and Romantic Symbolism 

The marquise cut diamond, with its distinctive boat-shaped silhouette and tapered ends, has a storied history dating back to the 18th century. Legend has it that the marquise cut was inspired by the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour, the mistress of King Louis XV of France, who requested a diamond cut to resemble her lips. Today, the marquise cut is cherished for its regal heritage and romantic symbolism, symbolizing love, grace, and sophistication. 

Each popular diamond shape carries with it a rich history and unique charm that adds to its timeless allure. Whether you’re drawn to the classic elegance of the round brilliant cut, the modern sophistication of the princess cut, or the vintage glamour of the emerald cut, the beauty of these diamond shapes continues to captivate and inspire us, reflecting the enduring legacy of diamonds throughout history. So, as you embark on your journey to find the perfect diamond, let our expert Gemologist guide you in selecting a timeless treasure that will be cherished forever. 

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