Selecting your diamond can be very challenging. Since you may choose from 21 grades of color from colorless to yellow, and 11 grades of clarity from flawless to imperfect, there are at least 231 possible grades before the cutting quality is even considered. Learning about the 4Cs can take the mystery out of making your diamond selection.
Shape, however, is the factor that allows the diamond cutter to express his creativity. Throughout history, the shape of a finished diamond has taken on many forms. The term shape in reference to diamonds is often confused with the technical term cut. The precision of the cut determines the diamond's fire,brilliance and ultimate beauty. The shape selected is a matter of individual taste from the traditional round brilliant to designs of fantasy.