What Your Ring's Diamond Cut Says About You

Buying something you have no intention of replacing isn't easy, particularly if it is pricey, and you have to promise to love and cherish it for the rest of your life. This is especially true of diamond engagement rings, which is still an overwhelming favorite when people decide to get married, despite the rise of emeralds and sapphires. The Knot says that in 2019, an engagement ring would set you back an average of $6,000, depending on where in the country you live, with couples in the Mid-Atlantic spending more ($7,000) and couples in the Midwest spending the least ($5,300). 

"A diamond is very personal and very pricey," New York-based gemologist Olivia Landau says (via Vogue). "It's important to ensure that you'll fall in love with the stone when your significant other makes the big purchase. Trying different styles is a great way to get a sense of what you like on your hand — there are no wrong choices in choosing a diamond cut, but knowing your personal style and what you'll feel most comfortable wearing can help your soon-to-be fiancé make the right decision."

What your favorite diamond cut says about you

If diamonds are left uncut, they would probably remind you of broken glass. Online dealer Blue Nile says the cut determines a diamond's sparkle and brilliance, making it an important factor in determining the diamond's look and cost. If you're in the market for a ring, you may find that there are 10 common ring cuts, and your personality may draw you to certain types of rings.

The round cut, which is also the most popular because it maximizes the stone's fire, draws more traditionally-minded wearers. Another classic diamond cut is the oval, which is similar to the round cut and attracts a classic yet sophisticated personality; also, there is the emerald cut which announces its wearer as "classic with an edge" (via Brides).

More contemporary cuts are the pear, which announces the wearer's individuality; the radiant cut, which is a cousin to the classic emerald cut but attracts the bubbly and outgoing type; and the princess cut, which shows off maximum sparkle and is not for the faint of heart.