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Is a Rectangle Cut Diamond Right for My Engagement Ring?

Rachel Akmakjian


Rachel Akmakjian

Are you looking for a unique and elegant engagement ring? Consider a rectangle cut diamond. Elongated and angular, this diamond shape is timeless and classic yet stands out from the crowd. But what exactly is a rectangle cut diamond, and what do you need to know before you buy one?

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What You Will Learn

What is a rectangle cut diamond called?

So you think you want a rectangle cut diamond, but what does that really mean? 

Several different diamond cuts are often fashioned into rectangles. The most popular cut is the emerald cut. It’s called an emerald cut because the shape resembles an emerald gemstone. Emerald cut diamonds are step cut, meaning they have facets shaped like descending steps. Step cut diamonds aren’t glittery; they sparkle in bright flashes. Step cut diamond differs from the all-over-glimmer type sparkle of a round brilliant cut diamond or princess cut diamonds.

Are emerald cut diamonds best for my engagement ring?

The Asscher cut diamond is another step cut that’s also sometimes rectangular, although you more commonly see it as a square. 

Want the sparkle of a round diamond but with a more angular shape? Consider cushion cut diamonds. Like a round brilliant cut diamond, a cushion cut has many tiny facets to reflect light and sparkle brilliantly. They have rounded corners and edges but a generally squarish diamond shape. Elongated cushion cut diamonds look like rounded rectangles.

Who should wear a rectangle cut diamond?

A rectangle cut diamond is an excellent choice for those who prefer a timeless, classic look. It’s a versatile cut that works well with many styles, from vintage to modern engagement rings


The elongated look of a rectangle diamond is a favorite for many for another reason: it can make the hand appear longer and more slender. 

What are some other elongated diamond shape cuts that have the same effect? Pear shaped diamonds and oval shaped diamonds.

Is a pear cut diamond best for my engagement ring?

Which celebrities have rectangle cut diamond rings?

A rectangle is one of the most popular diamond shapes with celebrities. Some of the most famous include Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Amal Clooney, and Kim Kardashian. These celebrities have their own style, and this diamond cut perfectly fits their unique looks.


Rectangle Diamonds Pros and Cons

Like any diamond shape, there are pros and cons to choosing a rectangle cut diamond. Some pros include its timeless style, versatility, and ability to make the wearer’s finger look longer and more slender. 

On the downside, emerald cut diamonds tend to have less sparkle and brilliance than other cuts, such as round brilliant diamonds. This is because their rectangular shape and step cut facets do not allow as much light to reflect through the diamond. You should also know that because elongated diamonds are one of the less popular diamond shapes, they can be harder to find. Finding the right one for you requires research and work.


Do I need insurance for a rectangle cut diamond?

Protecting your emerald cut diamond engagement ring from loss, theft, damage, and mysterious disappearance requires specialty jewelry insurance. You can’t rely on a homeowners or renters policy alone for protection.

Comprehensive jewelry insurance from BriteCo is easy to get and offers affordable protection for up to 125% of your ring’s appraised value.

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Rachel's expertise is further enhanced by her distinction as a Graduate Gemologist from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA), equipping her with exceptional knowledge in gem identification and grading. Her education and experiences have given her an in-depth understanding of the demands and expectations facing jewelers and customers in today’s evolving retail marketplace.