Ever since Prince Harry slipped that gorgeous three-stone ring onto the finger of his fiancée Meghan Markle, we’ve been dreaming of romantic proposals and sparkling diamonds.
Of course, getting engaged is only one way to get your hands on a sparkler – you could equally just treat yourself, or be gifted one for a special occasion, like an anniversary or a birthday.
From round brilliant to pear, there are plenty of fancy shapes when it comes to diamonds.
But with a variety of different shapes and styles, knowing which rock is right for you can be difficult, so it’s important to seek the advice of professionals.
Beaverbrooks’ Head of Buying Adelle Thompson tells ok.co.uk: “Choosing your engagement ring is the most important jewellery purchase that you’ll make in your whole life.
“Our job is making sure that those diamond rings are perfect. Like the proposal, when it comes to our diamond rings, it’s the little things that make all the difference.
“Before you’ve even chosen your ring, we’ve hand-selected and meticulously inspected every detail to ensure your Beaverbrooks diamond looks nothing less than stunning every day,” she added.
The shape of a diamond can be a style statement when it comes to engagement rings. So to make sure you’re clear which suits you, here are six styles worth craving…
Being the most popular choice for engagement rings, this perfectly proportioned, classic shape lets the light scatter beautifully from every angle.
Cut with 57 facets, a round brilliant diamond radiates the most fire, sparkle and brilliance, and has a timeless style.
A popular setting for this shape is the halo, which makes the center stone appear larger. It’s a great option for boosting the appearance of a small diamond, and it increases the overall sparkle of the ring.
The oval cut diamond is sleek and modern, considered to be a combination of the round brilliant and pear shape cutting styles.
If you’re looking to fuse contemporary and classic styles, you can never go wrong with this shape.
Vintage-inspired, the oval-shaped diamond reflects a bygone era and classic diamond designs.
Suitable for royalty, the rather more modern princess cut diamond has a contemporary square cut and is the most elegant of all square-shaped diamonds.
Princess cut engagement rings are perfect for someone with a glamorous sense of style and someone who loves to give every look the wow-factor.
A truly elegant design, the marquise diamond is a true statement of glamour and due to the shape of the diamond, it gives off a larger shape than it is.
Described as boat-shaped, this attractive cut can help fingers look long and slender and really makes a statement.
Unique and beautiful, a pear-shaped diamond blends the shape of a round brilliant diamond with a marquise shape for a truly wonderful sparkle.
Pear-shaped diamonds are also known as teardrop diamonds because of their shape and they can be worn with the point upwards or downwards, depending on your preference.
The middle diamond on Meghan Markle’s stunning three-stone ring is an elongated cushion-cut diamond.
Having three stones set closely together is said to symbolize the couple’s past, present, and future.
These stones can either be all the same size or, as is often the case, the centre stone is larger than the two side stones.
The most popular diamond shapes for this setting are the round brilliant cut and the princess cut.
Know your style yet? Browse the complete Beaverbrooks engagement ring collection. You can book an appointment at one of the 70 stores and the expert consultants will be ready to help you find your perfect diamond.
All you need to know about diamonds: How much to spend, fire and brilliance explained and what exactly is a carat?
How much should you spend?
We all know Kim Kardashian’s hubby Kanye West spent a cool £3.5 million on her (second) engagement ring.
Despite the traditional rule of thumb that an engagement ring should cost two or three months’ salary, there are no definitive rules about how much you should spend.
Bear in mind that this is probably going to be the most significant jewellery purchase in your lifetime and something which will in most cases be worn every single day.
What are fire and brilliance?
Fire is the scattering of white light into all the colours of the rainbow. In contrast to fire, brilliance is the colourless light that is emitted from the stone.
Brilliance is an essential attribute of a beautiful diamond and has two components; brightness and contrast.
What is a carat?
The word ‘carat’ comes from the carob seed, the original unit of measure for diamond traders. Today, a carat is equal to exactly 0.2 grams (about the weight of a paper clip).
If you (or your other half) don’t know your carat from your carrot, Beaverbrooks’ Engagement Guide will tell you everything you need to know about the cut, colour, clarity and carat.
This article was produced in partnership with Beaverbrooks for ok.co.uk