The Most Popular Engagement Ring Shapes — and the Celebrities That Love Them
Are you more Elizabeth Taylor or J.Lo?
For many people, an engagement ring is a forever statement. That's why diamonds are the most popular choice for many brides-to-be. They're classic, timeless, and depending on the shape, a statement-making showstopper that can reflect a woman's personality, character, and style.
Here are 10 of the most popular shapes (and which celebrities are sporting them) if you're looking to drop a hint or are ready to shop for a solitaire with your special someone.
The most classic shape, a round cut is simple, but it's a favorite for good reason. With 58 facets, round diamonds are super sparkly and eye-catching. Brittany Snow, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Mila Kunis have round-cut engagement rings.
For a twist on classic round diamonds, the cushion cut (also known as a pillow-cut diamond) blends the round cut with a more old-school facet pattern that adds a dash of vintage flair. Its rounded-square shape is timeless and offers a subtle difference from the sea of round sparklers. Celebrities with cushion-cut diamond engagement rings include Kim Kardashian West, Leighton Meester, and Meghan Markle.
The square princess cut boasts 49 facets and dates back to the '60s, so anyone looking for a true throwback need look no further. Jaime Pressly and Kate Bosworth both have princess-cut rings. Brides notes that the cut is gaining more and more popularity, especially for women looking for an option that blends a heritage feel and modern lines.
Hailey Baldwin, Blake Lively, and Salma Hayek all have oval-shaped stunners. A slight variation on round diamonds, ovals are unexpected, attention-grabbing, and perfect for anyone looking for something unique.
A bold choice, the emerald shape has long, flat facets that throw off a more dramatic spray of sparkle. The clean, symmetrical shape is perfect for brides-to-be looking to elongate their fingers and channel Beyoncé's or Jennifer Lopez's energy — who both have huge emerald-shaped engagement rings.
One of the most popular cuts today, the radiant shape brings together the best of the emerald cut (a clean, flattering symmetrical shape) and the round (sparkle, sparkle, and more sparkle). Jennifer Aniston had a radiant-shaped diamond solitaire and as more and more women opt for it, it's sure to be a timeless classic.
This celebrity favorite (Elizabeth Taylor, Jessica Alba, and Zooey Deschanel) dates back to 1902 and takes its name from jeweler Joseph Asscher. The shape has a signature X facet pattern and has actually evolved and changed through the years. Now, it has 74 facets, upping the sparkle and brilliance factor.
Forget that episode of Sex and the City. Pear-shaped diamonds are actually super-versatile since they can be worn with the point facing in or out. Sophie Turner and Jessica Simpson both have pear-shaped stones and Brides says that the shape is gaining in popularity thanks to the celeb endorsements.
The marquise cut goes back — way back to France's King Louis XIV. The signature shape is certainly one-of-a-kind and perfect for a real vintage-inspired (or real vintage) ring. Long and lean, the shape has fans like Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ashlee Simpson.
Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj have heart-shaped stones on their rings, showing that it's a unique option for someone looking for something truly unexpected. It may be trendy now, but fans of the heart shape probably don't care. It's a love-it or hate-it option that's as divisive as it is individual.