Post # 1
Hello! I know there are so many similar questions but would really love some advice 🙂
After trying on many different styles, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 choices – I can’t decide between a round, oval or cushion cut solitaire ring of about 0.75 carats. The band will be plain and there will be no halo or flanking diamonds.
All things being equal (carats, clarity and color), which cut would:
1. Look most sparkly; and
2. Look bigger (most bang for your buck I guess)?
Google keeps telling me different things so I would really appreciate your help! Thank you in advance!
Post # 2
Oval faces up the largest but it would not be as sparkly as a round (assuming the round is cut well). I have round diamonds on my ring and I love how much it sparkles!!
Post # 3
cangirl88: I don’t know a ton about ovals, but I know a decent amount about round vs cushion because these were the two cuts I was debating between.
Rounds are supposedly the most sparkly cut of diamond.
A .75 round will typically have a wider diameter than a .75 cushion, but I’ve also heard that rounds can be up to 30% more expensive per carat, so you might not get the most bang for your bucl by getting a round.
Ultimately I say what cut speaks to you most! I ended up with a cushion because it spoke to me and I never feel like I missed out on sparkle or size by not getting a round.
Post # 4
I’m certainly no diamond expert, but from my research on the bee before I picked out my ring, it’s totally going to depend on the actual diamond. Not all rounds will be more sparkly than ovals or cushions; and not all ovals will appear bigger than rounds. I wanted a cushion cut, but ended up loving the oval instead. I think the best thing to do is to check out some diamonds in person so that you get a chance to see it for yourself 🙂
Post # 5
I was dead set on an oval solitaire up until recently, I started to notice that, especially the well cut ovals, had a sort of crushed ice appearance from the facets. I love the uniqueness though, and I like how they give the illusion of a longer and slimmer hand, the cushion doesn’t sparkle as much I don’t believe. For me I decided on a round solitaire, I have heard a good quality cut and a lot of sparkle can make them look larger. So I voted round, but they are all great!
This bee has some great comparison pics for round and oval, hope this helps!
Post # 6
http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/moissanite-14/ A bee posted a 2 carat cushion solitaire you can look at on here!
Post # 7
Check out this video —> side by side comparison of 1 carat loose diamonds.
Its all really personal preference, I was dead set on round, but since coming on the boards have come to really appreciate the cushions and ovals 🙂 happy browsing
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
I vote for an oval. Ovals face up the largest and tend to elongate fingers ( win, win in my book!). Rounds are the most sparkly cut. Cushions hold carat weight in the depth of the stone so measurement wise they will look smaller than a round of similar carat weight. When looking at stones also compare measurement rather than just focusing on size alone.
Post # 9
Oval! It will face up the largest and be the most unique. I have an oval around the size you’re looking for (.81 carat) and it sparkles like crazy! The picture doesn’t so it justice.
Post # 10
Oval would obviously be longer, and cushion would be face up the smallest. Even though the oval would be longer, a round will be wider. So you need to see what shape you like best on your finger. Overall a round will have the most sparkle and show less color. However rounds tend to cost more. So, just go try some on and see what looks good on you
Post # 11
Thank you so so much to everyone! Really helpful and I so appreciate it. Especially loving Your ring @beb184! For some reason it looks much bigger on you than it does on me for something that is close to the size I want!
i had no idea rounds cost more if all other aspects are equal. Probably because I’ve never been able to find cuts that are exactly the same for comparison.
Post # 12
I love my cushion! It sparkles like crazy 🙂
Post # 13
I’m a cushion fan (old cuts especially) but they do face up smaller than round equivalents.
also it’s worth noting the difference between old cuts and modern cuts. there are some good YouTube videos on this.
If its sparkles you want though then the quality of the cut is king, regardless of what shape you chose. If you post details of diamonds you’re interested in on the pricescope forum with any asset and idealscope images, you’ll get some good assessments of their light performance.