Which Center Stone Shape Is Best For Me/Her?
As much as WhiteSapphire.com strives to make shopping for white sapphire plus precious metals jewelry as easy and as enjoyable as possible, the choices are many!
When you think about the myriad choices created when you multiply the various types of precious metals available (.925 sterling silver; 10K, 14K, 18K white, yellow and rose gold; palladium; and, pure 950 platinum)…
…by the different shapes of white sapphire center stones (asscher cut, cushion cut, emerald octagon cut, heart cut, marquise cut, oval cut, pear cut, princess/square cut, radiant octagon cut, round cut)…
…and the various sizes thereof (from the petite 0.5 carat to the attention-grabbing 5.0 carats, including multiple whole, half and quarter carat sizes in between)…
…not to mention the multitude of design choices (cathedral setting, solitaire style, enhanced solitaire design, peek-a-boo hidden stones enhancement, halo setting, double halo setting, accented band, split band design, etc)…
…such an array of choices can easily overwhelm even an experienced shopper.
That’s why we recommend FIRST choosing the center stone shape and if possible also the carat size you want! It cuts down the possibilities tremendously.
This is especially true when it comes to choosing a ring, engagement ring or bridal set.
So, how do you choose the right center stone shape for your ring?
Many women that regularly wear jewelry (or even just occasionally) already know the gem shape or shape(s) they like most.
A lot of guys buying jewelry for ladies can easily find out what shape(s) she likes most-- just by observing what she already wears, or what she exclaims over when seeing someone else wear it. We’ve got some other sneaky tips to find out her favorite center stone shape, too.
So as not to avoid any confusion, there are 2 terms we’ll use here that denote the cut style of these stones rather than the shape: Step Cut and Brilliant Cut. Step cuts feature parallel rows of facets for a clean and minimal look. Brilliant cuts feature facets cut in a “brilliant” pattern thus maximizing light reflection and contributing immensely to a stone’s “fire”.
All stone shapes are basically divided into these 2 cut styles. Asscher cut and emerald cut stones are step cuts, while all the rest are considered brilliant cuts.
Not yet decided on a shape? No problem. Let’s see if we can talk through it together.
The Asscher Cut – this stone shape is also sometimes referred to as square octagon. It is characterized by large step-cut facets. The beauty of an asscher cut stone, is best displayed and enhanced with larger cut configurations with the width and depth of the stone exposed to display its step-cut facets. View all WhiteSapphire.com asscher cut rings here
The Cushion Cut – this stone is also referred to as pillow cut or rounded princess. As the name suggests, the cushion cut is actually shaped like a cushion or a pillow. Many believe the cushion cut exemplifies the best of both the round cut and princess cut and because of this, the cushion cut is becoming more and more popular. Most experts believe the cushion cut’s shape is ideal for colored stones. View all White Sapphire.com cushion cut rings here
The Emerald Cut – the emerald cut borrows its name from the ideal cut of emerald stones which is an elongated octagon shape, thus, this is also known as a rectangular octagon. Like the asscher cut, the emerald cut has large step-cut facets. Its elongated shape lends to its longer facets to reflect more light, thereby making the emerald cut appear larger than it actually is. View all WhiteSapphire.com emerald cut rings here
The Heart Cut – heart cut stones, as the name suggests, is shaped like a heart and is a common choice for promise rings and unique artisan rings. Preference for heart cut stones is due mainly to its unique shape that poses many design potentials. Care should be taken when wearing jewelry with heart cut stones because it has a pointed tip that is prone to chipping and breakage. View all WhiteSapphire.com heart cut rings here
The Marquise Cut – of all center stone shapes, the marquise cut perhaps is the most uncommon. Like the pear cut, marquise cut stones are more popularly used as accent stones. Although, a marquise cut center stone looks exceptional when paired with a wide band ring design. Care should be taken when wearing jewelry with marquise cut stones because it has pointed tips that are prone to chipping and breakage. View all WhiteSapphire.com marquise cut rings here
The Oval Cut – this stone is a good choice for people who want a smaller carat weight but would want the illusion of a larger stone. The oval cut, together with the emerald cut and radiant cut, share this property of appearing to be larger than they actually are because of their longer length. View all WhiteSapphire.com oval cut rings here
The Pear Cut – also known as teardrop cut. Pear cuts are not popular choices for center stones, they are, however, commonly used as accent stones. Like the heart cut, the preference for the pear cut is mainly because of its unique shape that has many design potentials. Care should be taken when wearing jewelry with pear cut stones because it has a pointed tip that is prone to chipping and breakage. View all WhiteSapphire.com pear cut rings here
The Princess Cut – this is also known as the square cut. The princess cut is one of the most popular and most commonly sought after center stone shapes – perhaps rivaled only by the round cut. The princess cut is considered a classic stone shape. However, care should be taken when using jewelry items set with princess cut stones as its pointed corners are also its weakest points and is prone to chipping and breakage. View all WhiteSapphire.com princess cut rings here
The Radiant Cut – The radiant cut is also known as a rounded emerald cut. It shares the general rectangular shape of the emerald cut, but because of its brilliant cut (as compared to the emerald’s step cut) the radiant cut reflects more light and thus, looks brighter and more lustrous. The brilliant cut of the radiant cut also seems to give the impression that the radiant cut has rounded corners. View all WhiteSapphire.com radiant cut rings here
The Round Cut – this is perhaps the most common center stone shape for rings. The round cut’s facets, and shape is optimized for maximum light reflection and refraction, thereby enhancing the stone’s brilliance and fire. Most people prefer round cut stones especially on solitaire engagement rings owing to its round shape being associated with the concept of forever. View all WhiteSapphire.com round cut rings here
Choosing the right center stone shape for a ring should also be in consideration of the intended wearer’s physical attributes as well as lifestyle.
For example, long fingers can carry most ring styles, but wearing a princess or round cut stone on them can be especially flattering. Longer shaped stones also tend to complement slender fingers, but be careful not to overdo it as the wrong size may make your finger appear unnaturally long (and creepy!).
Short fingers can be made to appear longer with longer shaped stones such as oval, emerald, radiant, or marquise cut, especially when paired with narrow bands.
Wide fingers tend to get flattered by angular shaped stones such as asscher and emerald. The trick here is to minimize the skin showing on either side of the stone, lest the finger appear even wider. Another idea here is to go for longer stones (ie: oval, emerald, radiant) but set east-west or horizontally over the finger, or to go for a design that includes prominent side stones.
Wearers with active lifestyles (those involved in sports and plenty of outdoor physical activities) are also advised to stay away from center stone shapes that have pointed corners such as heart, marquise, pear and princess. The pointed corners or tips of these stones are its weakest point and is prone to chipping and breakage. It is for this reason that all of our rings with pointed stones have prongs protecting the point. You should never choose a style that allows the point of the stone to hang unprotected without a prong. That being said, this is still an important thing to consider when choosing a center stone shape that will fit you, your personality and your lifestyle.
When unsure about how a center stone shape can appear on the wearer’s finger, or what she wants for sure, many gift buyers tend to go for the more classic look of a round cut or princess cut. Greater than 6 of 10 loose stones and rings we sell have one of those two of 10 most common center stone shape options, and you really can’t go wrong with either!
With these considerations in mind, we hope your shopping experience here at WhiteSapphire.com will become that much more enjoyable.
We’ll continue this series in another article titled “Which Center Stone Size Is Best For Me/Her?”
- whitesapphire Admin