Simple, classic, and beautiful.

The round diamond shape has been a traditional look for engagement rings for decades, particularly after advances in the brilliant style of cutting, and it remains the number one choice for most diamond engagement ring purchasers to this day. So-called “brilliant” cutting creates multiple facets which reflect the maximum light return, and as round diamonds face upwards, they reflect more light return than other diamond shapes.


So, is the cut of your diamond or precious gemstone the same as its shape?  Simply put, you get a brighter, more sparkling ring.

This is confusing most diamond ring newbies. Surely the diamond is cut into the shape you want, isn’t it?

Well, yes and no. The cut is created by a skilled jeweler to bring out the best characteristics of the shape and to extract its maximum brilliance. Of course, the cutter needs to cut the rough diamond into a certain general shape, but the diamond’s shape refers to its overall form, geometry or appearance – for example, round, square or pear-shaped.

The cut refers to its proportions, symmetry, number of facets and ultimately its ability to reflect brilliance and light within the stone, emphasizing and flattering the form. Certain cuts have been developed over the ages to complement certain shapes of the diamond because they lend themselves to allowing more light and brilliance into that shape than other cuts.

Know your diamond 4 c’s (Carat, Clarity, Color, and Cut):Round Brilliant Diamond Ring

This is the traditional engagement ring of choice because they match everything and are enduring. Do not choose diamonds if your beloved has a favorite stone or if she has a strong dislike for diamonds. If you’re looking for diamonds be aware of these key aspects:

  • Carat: This is the unit measurement of the diamond, which refers to the weight. The engagement rings are often 2 or 3 Carat.

  • Clarity: The less imperfection the diamond has the greater the clarity and more light reflects. Naturally, the clarity increases the value.

  • Color: The color varies considerably, most people prefer white-colored. Colors are graded. Grades D to I is acceptable to buy.

  • Cut: The type of cut impacts the sparkle of the diamond. The cut that produces the most sparkle is the round cut, while radiant and princess cuts are good at hiding flaws. Choose according to your needs.

In a nutshell, cut and shape work TOGETHER to create a diamond’s overall impact – and they are critical partners in determining the look of your jewelry.

The round diamond is by far the most popular of all diamond shapes, accounting for more than half the diamonds sold globally. It is a classic diamond shape, developed early in the 20th century by jeweler, Marcel Tolkowsky, to accentuate a diamond’s inherent light and brilliance. The round brilliant diamond-cut consists of 58 expertly cut facets, which throw off maximum scintillation. Its shape is versatile, and it looks good in any setting. Punch up the round brilliant in a halo setting, with side diamonds, or wear it as a sophisticated solitaire; it’s a simple, clean look that flatters any hand or finger shape.

The round brilliant has always been the shape of choice for the classic bride-to-be, but it appeals to new generations of trendier, fashion-forward brides who appreciate its romantic, traditional look at this important time in their lives.

To prove our point, Brittany Spears’ engagement ring recently given to her by fiancé Sam Asghari is a 4 carat round brilliant in a platinum cathedral setting. It has pavé detailing on the bridge and flush-set diamonds on the prongs and basket. It is said to be inscribed with her nickname “Lioness”

Dover has a fine selection of round brilliant cut diamonds to give you the look you want.

  • Traditional or trendy, the round diamond seems to fit the bill, no matter your taste. You will find round diamonds in rings, earrings, watches, vintage pins and bracelets.  Here is an estate 1.23-carat platinum round cut engagement ring in a basket setting.
  • For a stunningly traditional round-cut solitaire, you can’t do much better than this Tiffany & Co. 2.53 carat designer engagement ring.
  • Of course, singular vintage creations love to showcase the beauty of round vintage diamonds, such as this 7.75 diamond and emerald dome cocktail ring.  The use of Round diamonds is also a trademark inspiration found in both ladies’ and men’s watches designed by Chopard, such as this Chopard Happy Snowflake floating diamond ladies timepiece.
  • Most notably, our unique and brilliant Raymond Yard round diamond and sapphire platinum retro clip earrings are the best example of one-of-a-kind vintage beauty.
  • These Buccellati Vintage gold earrings have 38 round cut diamonds contained in two heart shapes…and this Cartier C de Cartier white gold bracelet contains 8.2 carats of round faceted diamonds, graded E-F color and VVS clarity.

Always a classic, the round diamond is here to stay.