Diamond Education: Shape
The first step to choosing a diamond is selecting from one of the major diamond shapes available. This step of the diamond buying process is one of the easiest and it is strictly dependent upon personal preference. Round brilliant stones are the most popular and are thought to be the quintessential diamond shape. It is important not to confuse diamond shape with diamond cut. One shape is not necessarily better than another is. For each shape, the cut can range from ideal to poor, meaning that the amount of refraction and dispersion of light ranges from ideal to poor.