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    How A Diamond’s Shape Impacts Value

    Posted on February 25th, 2021 by JoeG

    Did you know that there’s a direct correlation between the shape of your diamond and how much it’s worth? Our diamond dealer in Chicago sees a wide range of diamond jewelry in all shapes and sizes.


    If you’re on the hunt for the perfect diamond engagement ring and you want to purchase a piece of jewelry with the most value, you can consider the shape of your diamond as a means to the final cost.

    While Round Brilliant Cut is the all-time biggest seller, some of the most popular diamond fancy shapes include:

    • Pear
    • Oval
    • Princess
    • Cushion
    • Marquise
    • Emerald
    • Radiant
    • Heart
    • Asscher

    The Diamond’s Shape vs. Diamond’s Cut

    Be mindful of the difference between a diamond’s shape and a diamond’s cut. Its shape refers to the actual outline of the cut. Like fancy-shaped Marquise, Oval, For example, emerald cut diamonds are usually rectangular in shape yet have fewer facets than other fancy shapes. Desirable proportions for an Emerald cut are longer than it is wider versus a square for a true Emerald-cut look.


    The diamond’s cut refers to properties such as faceting, symmetry, polish, and proportions. A diamond that is too deep or too shallow is not as desirable.

    The Impact of Shape on Your Diamond’s Value

    Here are some factors to consider before buying diamond jewelry.

    Market Popularity

    Custom designs are beautiful, and one should always choose which shape they have always desired and what they love just like art. When buying a diamond I don’t think one is thinking of selling it, but if you want to sell your diamond, there are shapes that command higher values than others as far as secondary market values. At one time (mid-1960s and late 1980s/early 1990s) Marquise was 15 to 20 percent more than other diamond shapes. Ovals are popular right now. Diamond trends come and go. The most popular diamond shapes are still round.

    The Diamond’s Cut and Proportions

    In addition to how popular a particular shape is, how well the diamond is cut will also impact its value. If there are asymmetrical aspects to the stone or the length-to-width ratio is even a little bit off, this will have an impact on how much your stone is worth. Also if the diamond exhibits fluorescence it will affect the value.

    How Our Jewelry Buyer Can Help

    Look no further for “diamond buyers near me” in Chicago, downtown, and surrounding suburban areas. Whether you want to sell your engagement ring or you’re interested in buying a new gold or platinum wedding band, our professionals at Chicago Gold Gallery can assist you. Stop by and we will help you through your decision and purchase.

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