Jewellery & Accessories

Discover The Diamond Shape For You

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“Square-cut or pear-shaped, these rocks don’t lose their shape.” Marilyn Monroe in Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. Getting lost in the sparkle? Find the diamond shape that’s right for you with the help of our beginner’s guide – and a little celebrity inspo.

Photography: John Downs

The Glamorous ‘Pear’

The distinctive teardrop-shaped pear is a cross between the round brilliant cut and the slender marquise style. This diamond shape is the perfect choice if you’re looking for something a bit different or a touch of old-world glamour.

Celebrity inspo: Look to Katherine Heigl’s sparkling pear diamond or Zoe Saldana’s pear-cut emerald stunner. Victoria Beckham has a whopping pear in her enviable collection of bling from husband David. Australian model Nicole Trunfio wears a three-carat pear beauty from musician beau Gary Clark Jr.

The Classic ‘Round/Round Brilliant’

A classic choice with plenty of sparkle which suits almost every style and hand. The round brilliant diamond shape looks amazing as a solitaire. For a more vintage twist, opt for a style surrounded by other stones or in an intricate setting.

Celebrity inspo: Mila Kunis rocks a round-cut solitaire from Ashton Kutcher. Natalie Portman’s ethically sourced round diamond is surrounded by pavé diamonds and set in recycled platinum. Emily Blunt’s dazzler is also a timeless choice we love. Did you know Jason Sedukis surrounded his round diamond with a halo of emeralds to match sweetheart Olivia Wilde’s eyes. Awww.

The Modern ‘Square/Princess’

The clean shape of this glittering contemporary diamond shape looks stunning in a range of settings. Perfect for the no-fuss modern day princess and traditionally a firm favourite amongst Queensland brides, alongside the round brilliant.

Celebrity inspo: Jessical Biel has a slightly rounded version of the square as the centre stone to her highly-detailed bling from Justin Timberlake. Kate Bosworth wears a simply stunning square-cut diamond.

The Romantic ‘Cushion’

A romantic diamond shape which is fast gaining popularity amongst brides the world over (including right here in Queensland). Its rounded edges gives the style a ‘pillowy’ look. The cushion is perfect for anyone searching for an antique style or a softer version of the princess cut.

Celebrity inspo: Gabrielle Union has a particularly beautiful cushion-cut solitaire. Olivia Palermo also sports this style in canary yellow, flanked by two side diamonds. Kim Kardashian’s blinder is what jewellery designer Lorraine Schwartz described as “the perfect cushion-cut diamond.” And so it should be for a reported $8 million price tag!

The Royal ‘Oval’

A sophisticated choice, the oval is perfect for brides with long fingers or those looking for a more dramatic take on the round style.

Celebrity inspo: Kate Middleton’s giant blue oval sapphire and diamond sparkler might just be the most famous engagement ring around, once belonging to the late Princess Diana. Or see Blake Lively’s light pink oval sparkler for all the inspiration you’ll need.

The A-lister ‘Emerald’

A captivating diamond cut and another which looks especially stunning on brides with long fingers (see Oval). It packs a punch as a solitaire or carries a more vintage feel when surrounded by other stones. A firm favourite with A-listers too!

Celebrity inspo: Check out Amal Alamuddin-Clooney’s flawless emerald-cut sparkler. We knew George had good taste. One of our favourites belongs to Angelina Jolie. It  took Brad Pitt 12 months to co-create with jeweller Robert Procop. Its glittering centre stone is a take on the emerald cut and flanked by baguette-shaped diamonds to encircle Ange’s finger. Special mention goes to Reece Witherspoon whose rare Ashoka cut diamond is like a cross between an emerald and a cushion cut. But possibly the most knockout example of the emerald shape belongs to Queen B herself, Beyoncé, and is estimated at 18 carats and $5 million.

The Sweet ‘Heart’

Lady Gaga’s rock put the romantic heart shape back on the bridal radar. An attention-grabbing choice also favoured by Elizabeth Taylor.

The Edgy ‘Trillion’

The triangular-shaped trillion is often used as a side diamond. It also works as a stand-alone shape with a clean, geometric edge. Perfect if you want a different take on the square cut.

Celebrity inspo: We haven’t found the perfect celebrity match for this style but let us know if you know of one!

The Elegant ‘Marquise’

A style which dates back to the 1700s. Legend has it that King Louis XIV commissioned this particular almond shape to mimic the smile of the enchanting Marquise de Pompadour. Elongated with pointed ends, this unusual choice is sure to turn heads.

Celebrity inspo: Victoria Beckham originally flashed a stunning marquise engagement stone from David. She’s since been seen sporting a number of gorgeous baubles from her beau. Catherine Zeta-Jones also wears the elegant marquise.


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