The Only 5 Engagement Ring Cuts You Need to Know, According to an Expert

When it comes to accessories that are truly worth obsessing over, an engagement ring deserves every hour you spend scrolling through Pinterest (and then some). You’ll be wearing your ring day in and day out, so it needs to do more than just complement your dream wedding dress—it has to work with your everyday style too.

But where to start? Nadine Tacorian, COO of fine jeweler Tacori, has one major piece of advice for narrowing down the endless options and finding your ideal style. “Close your eyes and think about what an engagement ring looks like to you,” she advises. “What first pops into your head? This is a good way to let your instincts lead your [decision-making].”

Now you’ve got the picture in your head, but maybe you’re not sure if it’s a princess cut or a cushion cut. Or perhaps you couldn’t describe a bloom style or channel setting to a jeweler if your life depended on it… To ensure that you get it right, we consulted Tacorian and her team for some professional help in decoding the conversation around engagement ring shopping.

Read on to discover the five must-know diamond cuts and make ring shopping a breeze.

If you’re searching for a cut that’ll make your fingers look longer and slimmer, the stylish, feminine oval shape is your best bet, Tacorian shares. (Just think about how great it’ll look in all those pictures you’ll have of your ring!) Play around with the mounting of your diamond to really make it your own.  

  

Think engagement rings have to look a certain way? Think again, says Tacorian, especially if you pride yourself on having a truly unique style. An emerald cut is perfect for someone who wants a touch of glamour in their wardrobe without going too over the top. “The emerald cut needs no help standing out all on its own,” Tacorian shares. “We recommend wearing the [this cut] as a simple solitaire or [creating] contrast with a diamond bloom setting.” If you feel like getting a little creative, focus on the setting—it’s a great way to add a splash of your personal style.

You’ve probably given this cut a good deal of thought—after all, it’s one of the most popular styles out there. And for good reason: A round cut is the best way to get the most brilliance out of a diamond, Tacorian tells us. This classic cut reflects up to 92% of the light that enters the diamond. Bonus: Its versatility works with any style, just like your go-to pair of pumps.

If you and your S.O. plan on making a joint decision when it comes designing your ring, you’ll want to take a look at a cushion-cut diamond. It’s a versatile shape that lends itself to customization, says Tacorian. When you’re out shopping for your ring, be specific on the kind of setting or diamond bloom you want around the main stone.

If you like bold and trendy yet polished looks, the princess cut is the one for you. And if you’re looking to go a tad edgier, consider pairing your diamond with a gold or rose gold band. One of the biggest misconceptions about these metals is that they’re too ’80s, but we disagree, and so does Tacorian: “Yellow and rose gold engagement rings are hot, and this trend doesn’t seem to be going away,” she told us. “Color allows the wearer to express their unique style and personality.”

Which ring style will you consider? Tell us your favorite in the comments below!