5 Diamond Shapes for Eternity Rings

Looking for a ring for your anniversary or just want something to acknowledge your romance?  Then look no further than the assortment of eternity rings that Since 1910 has to offer.  Custom-made, elegant, with signature opulence, eternity rings are the perfect choice to commemorate any relationship.  They are made of diamond shapes of different color, clarity, shape and size, with diamonds going around the band in a continuous sparkle.   Here are some diamond shapes to choose from.

Radiant Cut Diamond Eternity Ring The Radiant Cut. A very popular choice amongst sparkle enthusiasts, this choice is very similar in shape to the Princess, but its corners make it very distinctive. The Radiant was designed with 70 facets for a maximum amount of brilliance. It is often slightly more rectangular than square-shaped. 

The Radiant shape was perfected in 1977 by Henry Grossbard. Coming in a similar shape to the Emerald and Asscher cuts, the Radiant has the radiance and fire of the traditional Round Brilliant.

Emerald Cut Diamond Eternity Ring The Emerald Cut. A classic and elegant selection, the emerald cut is rectangular in nature and known for its clean lines and large facets. 

It was called the emerald shape when a diamond cutter chose to cut a diamond in the shape of an emerald. This shape is composed of “stepped” facets, causing the facets to resemble steps on a staircase.

Asscher Cut Diamond Eternity Ring The Asscher Cut. Almost identical to the emerald with rectangular cut facets and clean lines, the Asscher is square in nature and, like the radiant, has sharp corners.  Also sometimes known as the Modified Square Emerald Cut, this cut offers a small table (largest facet on a stone), deep pavilions (lower portions of the stone) and cut corners. 

This shape was developed in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland and is a variation of the Emerald cut.  It offers wearers 72 wide step facets and resembles the shape of an octagon, with a fiery sparkle like the Round Brilliant.

Round Brilliant Diamond Eternity Ring The Round Brilliant Cut. As the most researched and sought-after diamond shape today, the round brilliant has 56 to 58 facets and is known for its brilliance and fiery sparkle. 

The Russian mathematician named Marcel Tolkowsky wanted to create the “ideal” diamond shape, known today as the Round Brilliant.  Ever since the Round Brilliant has become one of the most popular diamond shapes.

Platinum Princess Cut diamond Eternity Ring The Princess Cut. As the most popular fancy shape diamond on the market today, the Princess is known for its brilliance and its unique pointed corners. It is usually cut square, but can be cut rectangular. Princess shape diamonds have sharp uncut pointed corner, come with 58 facets and are well-known for their brilliance and fire. 

This shape was invented by Basil Watermeyer of Johannesburg over thirty years ago.  Originally known as the Barion cut, there is no rectangular or square-shaped stone that even comes close to the Princess cut in terms of brilliance.

History of Diamond Shapes and Cuts

Ever looked at your wedding or engagement ring with princess cut diamonds, or round brilliant cut diamonds, and wondered how the stones got to be shaped that way? Interestingly enough, there’s a lot of history behind the introduction of different diamond shapes and cuts.  Here are just a few examples of how certain diamond shapes came to be.

emerald Cut Diamond Emerald Cut Diamonds. This diamond got its name when a diamond cutter cut a diamond in an emerald shape, instead of an emerald. Cut in “stepped facets”, the facets on this diamond resemble steps on a staircase. This cut is also known for it’s precise long lines and it’s open appearance.
Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds As far as historians know, diamond engagement rings date back to 1477, when Mary of Burgundy received a diamond ring as a symbolic promise of marriage. Then over a century ago, Russian mathematician Marcel Tolkowsky calculated the precise number of diamond cuts necessary to create the “ideal” diamond shape. This “ideal” shape is today known as the “round brilliant cut”. The purpose of this cut is to maximize brilliance and fire, and diamond cutters have been refining the original cut ever since.
RADIANT CUT DIAMOND Radiant Cut Diamonds. Henry Grossbard perfected this shape relatively recently, in 1977, in order to maximize the brilliance of fire of diamonds with straight edges and rectangular facets. His radiant cut design was one of the first patents ever established for a diamond cut.
Asscher Cut Diamonds Asscher Cut. The Asscher shape diamond was developed in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland. It is most widely known as a variation of the emerald cut, as it is a stepped square cut also known as a Modified Square Emerald cut. It has 72 facets, making it resemble an octagon and sparkle like a round brilliant. The Asscher brothers were renowned jewelry cutters and were widely praised for their Art Deco style.
Cushion Cut Diamonds Cushion Cut Diamonds. This antique cut resembles a cross between the Old Mine Cut (deep cut with large facets), which was common in the late 19th century, and the Modern Oval cut. It is also known as the pillow cut or candlelight diamond. Though it’s not as brilliant as some modern cuts, it has a very romantic look.

Five Young Celebrity Engagement Rings

Maybe you’re planning to propose this season and are looking for some ideas to help you choose the right ring for your bride-to-be. Take a look at these celebrity engagement ring stone selections and variety of diamonds cuts to give you more than a few ideas.

Ivanka Trump Ivanka Trump. Made by her own jewelry company, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, Trump’s engagement ring is not too subtle and not too flashy—a five carat stone that is cushion cut with pave settings and coming in at a cost of $150,000.
Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen Elisabeth Moss. This “Mad Men” star showcases a romantic and contemporary ring that is a four-carat round cut and weighs in at $120,000. Solaitaire rings like this one have a chic and understated feel.
Bethenny Frankel Bethenny Frankel. Friends of this “Real Housewives of New York” star say this ring reflects her personality and “steals the show just like her”. The engagement ring is a Kristin Farrell pear-cut diamond that comes in at eight carats and had an estimated cost of $65,000.
Zooey Deschanel Zooey Deschanel. This classic diamond ring fits this indie’s star style perfectly. The cut is an unusual and not-often used Asscher cut with a three-carat stone and pave setting at an estimated cost of $40,000.
Emily Blunt Emily Blunt. This chic and simple British star from “The Devil Wears Prada” found a unique Edwardian cut three-carat diamond ring that emits classic elegance and opulence. Designed by famed jeweler Neil Lane, the ring has an estimated cost of $80,000.

Engagement Ring Secrets of the Stars

Everyone knows that celebrities love to go over the top. And why shouldn’t they? With millions of dollars in their bank accounts, engagement rings for the stars can’t be cheap. Curious about some of the past splurges of some of Hollywood’s big stars? Over the years, Hollywood has seen some stones that have only matched it’s wearers in star potential.

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker

When Richard Burton proposed to Elizabeth Taylor, he sought the advice of many of the world’s top jewelers to come up with a lavish ring. Burton eventually settled on a 70-carat pear shaped diamond engagement ring that, by today’s standard may be a bit modest, but which back in the sixties was considered highly extravagant.

Tom Cruise presented Katie Holmes with a wedding in a candlelit Italian castle. The wedding ring Tom chose for her reflected a five carat oval diamond in platinum and pave settings. Meanwhile Scarlett Johansson also chose a pave setting band when she became engaged. Her engagement ring featured a three carat round diamond.

Celebrity engagement rings typically go for a sum of around $100,000, on the low end of the spectrum. Some of the more extravagant spenders will pay up to a few million dollars for their wedding rings.

Other celebrity diamond ring highlights include Ashlee Simpson’s ring, which is a 4-carat Asscher cut encircled with several smaller diamonds. An Asscher cut is a unique cut that is quite rare today. Fergie’s ring, on the other hand, was a three-carat round brilliant cut diamond in a platinum band.

But perhaps Eva Longoria’s ring is one of the highlights of celebrity engagement rings. When Longoria married Tony Parker the two exchanged nearly identical engagement rings except that his did not feature stones. The two wed romantically in a highly publicized wedding in Paris in 2007. Longoria wore a white gold band that included double rows of eighty brilliant cut diamonds, separated by a row of twenty-seven square cut diamonds.

What is an Asscher Cut Diamond?

The Asscher cut diamond was developed in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland and is a variation of an Emerald cut.  The Asscher cut is a stepped square cut also known as a Modified Square Emerald cut.   This cut offers a small table (largest facet on a stone) high crown (top portion of the stone) deep pavilions (lower portion of the stone), and cut corners.   With its 72 wide step facets it resembles that of an octagon and sparkles like the Round Brilliant.

The Asscher was designed to draw your eye to the center of the stone.  Because of this, cut, color, and clarity are very important factors to consider when choosing this cut.  Always purchase the best stone within your budget.  When choosing an Asscher weight should be the last thing you consider.

To learn more about Asscher cut diamonds visit our diamond education section

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Tacori Diamond Setting for an Asscher or Princess Cut 1.70ct tw

This stunning engagement ring by Tacori features a step-cut trapezoid shaped diamond on either side of the center stone, square emerald shaped channel-set diamonds, and round brilliant cut pave-set diamonds that can be ordered to go either go half way around the band or entirely around the band.

Image show with a 1.50ct asscher shaped center stone and diamonds set half way down the band

Image show with a 1.50ct asscher shaped center stone and diamonds set half way down the band

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Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate an asscher or princess shaped center stone from 1.30ct to 5.20ct.

FlyerFit by Martin Flyer Vintage Asscher Cut Channel Set Diamond Setting

This stylish Martin Flyer engagement ring features channel-set asscher cut side diamonds going 3/4 the way around the band and beautiful hand engraved scroll work giving the ring a vintage look.

FlyerFit by Martin Flyer Vintage Asscher Cut Channel Set Diamond Setting

Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a round brilliant or fancy shape center stone from .50ct to 5.20ct.