An engagement ring with a rectangular silhouette is loved for its large profile, value for money, uniqueness, and beyond-the-ordinary beauty. This style of engagement ring has become incredibly popular in the last few years and appeals primarily to women who want a ring that stands out or looks large. If this style appeals to you, we invite you to browse our curated selection of large gemstones and diamond engagement rings set with a gorgeous rectangular-cut diamond, created by talented designers and brought to you by top brands across Europe and the rest of the world.
• Why is a rectangular-shaped engagement ring in vogue?
• Types of rectangular cuts
• How to match a rectangular engagement ring with a wedding band?
Why choose a rectangular stone for your perfect engagement ring
A rectangular-cut diamond engagement ring has been quite popular since the Art Deco period. An engagement ring with rectangular cut diamonds or gemstones is valued for its streamlined sophistication. With settings crafted in precious metals like traditional yellow gold, white gold or rose gold, and even in high-quality gold vermile, rectangular diamond engagement rings can be unique and spectacular in size and clarity.
This engagement ring style continues to enjoy the limelight worldwide and has been spotted on Jacqueline Kennedy, Princess Grace, Angelina Jolie, and Beyoncé. If you already have several rings with rectangular cut stones in your personal jewelry collection, this one is the perfect shape for your engagement ring!
Love it for the face-up size of the stone
One of the major attractions of a rectangular engagement ring is that its face-up size looks bigger. If you'd love big diamond rings and a spectacular diamond story for your special moment, you should consider a rectangle cut for your engagement ring diamond. If ask a designer to create a halo around the centre stone it will look even B-I-G-G-E-R.
The rectangular step cut can produce a larger-looking stone with a smaller-carat weight. This is because rectangular engagement rings look longer and hence have a more significant profile on the finger than those set with round-brilliant gemstones. For instance, when viewed from above, a 1-carat emerald-cut diamond/gemstone looks more prominent than a 1-carat round brilliant-cut stone because it has a larger table. On average, a one-carat emerald-cut gem measures approximately 7mm x 5mm, while a round brilliant of the same weight measures 6.5mm in diameter
Love it for its breathtaking diamond clarity
A rectangular cut is best suited for a flawless diamond that scores very high on clarity. Emerald cut or elongated cushion cut gems display maximum clarity. This feature, combined with symmetry, unique looks, and crisp, elegant lines, has made rectangular engagement rings a big hit with women for decades. Add a touch of precious metal and you have a perfect ring to mark that proposal with!
Love it because it's high on style
Rectangular cut gemstones have sleek lines and a minimal vibe. If this appeals to your sense of style, then an engagement ring with a rectangular shape is perfect for you. Rectangle-shaped stones score over the others because they highlight the stone’s colour and have a classy and understated gleam.
Many couples prefer the elegant lines and geometric sophistication of a rectangular-shaped diamond solitaire. The elongated style can make the finger look longer and slimmer.
Rectangular step-cut diamonds are more affordable than round brilliants
An emerald-cut diamond halo ring costs less than a round, brilliant-cut halo style. This is because a rectangular diamond of the same carat weight costs less than a classic round brilliant.
While round-brilliant gems are the most popular cut to reflect light best and maximise sparkle, the less-in-demand rectangle cuts create an illusion of size and give you a bigger bang for your investment.
Four rectangular cuts in engagement ring styles
Rectangular cut gemstones come in four popular fancy cuts: emerald, baguette, elongated cushion, and radiant cuts. Among the four most popular rectangular gem cuts, the baguette is a true rectangle in shape; the other cuts produce modified rectangular gemstones. However, the emerald cut is the most popular and best suits flawless diamonds among rectangular engagement rings.
Which rectangular cuts in diamond rings are more expensive for engagement rings?
You will spend more on a radiant-cut diamond ring, followed by emerald- and cushion-cut diamond rings. Baguette-cut diamonds are the least costly. All these cuts look gorgeous on yellow gold, rose gold and white gold band.
Emerald-cut engagement rings
The emerald-cut diamond or gemstone has an elongated rectangular shape with bevelled corners, giving it an eight-sided, “hall of mirrors” look. This cut, with 57 step facets, was initially developed for the emerald, the gemstone for which it is named. The beauty of the emerald cut is that it accentuates the gemstone's colour. Add a halo of accent stones or diamonds around the centre and you have a stunner!
Baguette-cut engagement rings
The baguette-cut gemstone is cut in steps and has a long streamlined rectangular shape with 14 facets. The difference between the baguette and emerald cuts is that the former is unbeveled, with angled corners. Viewed from the top, it has an elongated surface/table, which is why it was first called the “elongated table cut”.
The baguette cut engagement rings appeal to those who lean towards a geometric shape, with clean and elegant lines.
Elongated cushion-cut engagement rings
The elongated cushion-cut gemstone has a rectangular shape but with curved sides and rounded corners. Its body is less elongated than the emerald and baguette cuts. It has 58 facets and displays eye-catching brilliance.
An engagement ring set with a cushion-cut diamond/gemstone has a vintage charm and appeals to those drawn to its old-world allure.
Radiant cut diamond engagement rings
Radiant-cut gemstones are relatively new in the gemstone market. They have 70 facets and combine the best features of the emerald cut and the round brilliant cut. The radiant-cut gemstone is step-cut but is faceted more like the round brilliant.
Best settings for a rectangle engagement ring
If your engagement ring is rectangular, you will need to consider the setting of the stone in a higher basket for the stone setting for the perfect fit with a classic wedding band. Rectangular gemstones can be set vertically or horizontally (also called east-west setting).
If you are looking for an engagement ring in precious metal, shop right here. We invite you to search our engagement ring universe for the special ring you are looking for. Diamond engagement rings, crafted in rose, yellow and white gold, are always hot favourites here. Now that you know more about rectangular ring styles and how they are priced, we hope you'll find a wide range of rings that match your dreams in our selected lines.
To get the perfect fit for the ring of your dreams, check out our ring size guide. Happy Engagement Ring Shopping!
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