‘Tis the season to get engaged! After Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, dozens of celebrities followed suit and slipped on engagement rings as well. Most recently, Natalie Portman and Reese Witherspoon announced that they’ll soon be saying “I do” with their sweeties, choreographer Benjamin Millepied and agent Jim Toth, respectively.
Men who are picking out sparkling diamonds for their ladies’ left ring fingers may want to select a piece based on the cut of the gemstone, as certain shapes boast great advantages.
1. Princess – This square-shaped diamond contains facets that are angled outwardly in different directions to hide flaws in the stone.
2. Radiant – While this cut boasts the shape of an emerald, the brilliant cut – meaning the gem has a large number of facets – gives it more sparkle.
3. Marquise – The unique shape, which resembles a stretched oval, makes the diamond appear bigger and elongates short fingers.
Of course, those who want a classic ring can opt for a round cut diamond, as the simple stone boasts a beautiful and timeless appeal. Which cut is your favorite?