Engagement ring shapes

With so many to choose between, we have rounded up the top five engagement ring shapes for modern brides.

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  • The princess cut is the second most popular shape for an engagement ring. Suitable for almost any ring style, its pyramid shape with 58 facets and four bevelled sides increases light dispersion and helps hide inclusions. Tiffany Grace ring (from £9,200).
  • Pear-shaped engagement rings have an elongating effect, making them the ideal choice for those not blessed with long, slender fingers. Very glamorous, it’s not surprising that they grace the hands of many celebrities, including Victoria Beckham. De Beers Classic ring (from £8,650).
  • Heart-shaped engagement rings are arguably the most romantic of them all. They look best in a solitaire setting or framed by pavé diamonds like this Boodles Vintage engagement ring (from £5,500).
  • Originally used for emeralds, hence the name, this shape rose to popularity in the Art Deco era. The vintage-style silhouette of an emerald cut makes it an elegant choice, but bear in mind that the flat surface will emphasise any flaws or inclusions. Harry Kotlar ring (£41,496).
  • By far the most popular shape, a round brilliant-cut solitaire is a timeless engagement ring that will never date, but this versatile diamond shape also looks fabulous with a halo surround like Andrew Geoghegan's Clair de Lune ring (£3,420) or as part of a three-stone design.
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