“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.
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THE GLAMOROUS ‘PEAR’
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’
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’
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’
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’
THE EDGY ‘TRILLION’
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’
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.
Photography: John Downs
Feeling inspired? Check out the QB jewellery directory to find your perfect match!