Diamond Engagement Rings-
Congratulations on making it to one of the most exciting times in your life! Choosing a partner that you want to spend the rest of your life with is something to be celebrated. Marshall Pierce & Company are proud to be a trusted Engagement Ring Boutique in Chicago, Illinois. We have been partnering with brides and grooms to be for decades, and are passionate about making sure everyone is awestruck with your diamond and engagement ring setting. Founded in 1928, Marshall Pierce & Company is founded upon the values of being a locally owned, family run, luxury jeweler, with a carefully curated selection of loose diamonds and custom-made engagement ring settings. We work with dedicated jewelers and craftsman, and offer in-house ring design and consulting services to ensure you leave as a satisfied customer.
DIFFERENT DIAMOND CUTS-
Our flagship showroom along the Magnificent Mile feature a vast selection of loose diamonds. With our recent expansion from our Jeweler’s Row location, our boutique provides a new experience for ring shopping. We realize that shopping for engagement rings can feel daunting, and have worked hard to make sure that the experience is enjoyable and something to be remembered. Our GIA certified gem specialists are happy to sit down and discuss the complexity of a diamond purchase, and make sure you choose something that fits within your budget, preference and style.
ROUND BRILLIANT DIAMONDS-
Chicago brides love their round brilliant diamonds. In fact, it’s considered one of the most popular diamond cuts, and represents nearly 75% of diamond sales. The shape of a round brilliant creates the utmost superior ratings when it comes to reflectivity, sparkle, and maximizes potential brightness.
Round brilliant diamonds cost more per carat than other diamonds for a couple of different reasons. The demand for round brilliant diamonds is significantly higher than other cuts of diamonds. This also creates a low yield for the diamonds. The cutting of round diamonds also creates a loss through creation, however advancements in diamond cutting technology has kept this to a minimum. Round brilliants generally have 58 facets, which contributes to the high reflectivity rating, and while the evaluation of the diamond color is somewhat subjective, our gemologists, will work with you to assure that your selection works well with your setting and budget.
PRINCESS CUT DIAMONDS-
A relatively new cut of diamond, first originating in 1980, princess cut diamonds have become one of the most popular fancy cut diamonds in modern years. Marshall Pierce & Company carries a wide range of princess cut diamonds at our Chicago showroom. There is still plenty of sparkle and reflective coming from a princess cut diamond. They fit in a wide range of different settings, making for a popular choice for contemporary brides, and can oftentimes be found at a lower price point than a comparable round diamond of the same carat weight.
Traditionally, the princess cut is a square cut diamond (the same measurement on each side). However, you can also find princess cuts that are a bit more rectangular in shape, depending on the type of setting. A slight length to width ratio of less than 1.05 will appear square to the naked eye, and depending on the setting, anything above that ratio may appear rectangular. Princess cut diamonds work best with a pronged setting, where the corners are less prone to chipping or breakage. The combination of fire, brilliance, and relatively lower price-point (when compared to a round brilliant diamond), oftentimes makes a princess cut a very desirable choice in center stones.
CUSHION CUT DIAMONDS-
For brides that are looking to combine vintage and modern. If you were to select one single cut of diamond that balances its vintage style with modern day aesthetics evenly, it might just be a cushion cut diamond. Formerly known as an old mine cut diamond, cushion cut diamonds feature a square shape with rounded corners, creating a pillowy, curvy look that looks fantastic in a variety of settings. A cushion cut diamond sparkles brilliantly in either a solitaire, or perhaps within a micropave setting for a bit more sparkle.
Traditionally, cushion cuts featured deep pavilions, large crowns, and a very large culet. Today, modern day diamonds can be separated into either a Cushion Brilliant or Cushion Modified Brilliant cut. The difference breaks down to the facet patterns and can feature a “Crushed Ice”, “Antique”, “Hearts and Arrows”, and “Modern” look.
Originating from the 1960’s, oval diamonds have become increasingly popular for customers looking for a unique, brilliant, and fiery diamond. They create an illusion of greater size because of their elongated shape, and retain similar characteristics to a round brilliant diamond. Where every diamond is unique, a classic oval shaped diamond has a length to width ratio range of 1.35-1.60. Venturing too far from the standard length to width ratio, may result in more of a marquis diamond look. Oval diamonds look fabulous in a halo setting, or stand out as solitaire beauties on a yellow or white gold setting.
Oval diamonds all have some varying degree of a “bow-tie” effect. Working with a diamond consultant from Marshall Pierce & Company, we can show you some of the different ovals and what the bow tie effect looks like to the naked eye. A small bow tie effect is acceptable, and oftentimes, a valued feature in a oval diamond, where a large bow tie may indicate a poor cut.
A timeless classic. Radiant diamonds feature cropped corners, and offer one of the highest sparkle rating, just behind a round brilliant. Radiants are quite versatile, and look great either with solitaire settings, three-stone settings, or even halos. The length to width ratio can vary quite drastically for these diamonds, and depends on what your going for. A lengthy diamond can make fingers look longer. Radiant diamonds can also have a bow tie effect, which can only be distinguished upon a visual inspection. It seems that more severe bow tie is found with the higher length to width radiants, but something you will want to discuss with your engagement ring consultant.
If you are in the market for a truly unique ring, you might consider a radiant cut. They make up only a 2% marketshare of all diamond sales, so would certainly stand out for your unique bride-to-be.
EMERALD CUT DIAMONDS-
In one word. Glamorous. Striking and glamorous to be exact. Emerald cut diamonds currently make up just under 3% of all diamond sales worldwide. They are unique, beautiful, timeless diamonds that summon the Art Deco and Hollywood Glam fashions that never go out of style. If you’re in the market for a unique engagement ring, consider an emerald cut diamond. Paying close attention to the length to width ratio, you should find a diamond somewhere between a minimum ratio of 1.3 and maximum ratio of 1.6. The longer diamonds will make a finger look slender, and the surface area will see a 5% increase over a similar carat weight round diamond.
Inclusions on emerald diamonds can be seen more clearly than others. While you may find a savings in the price when compared to other diamonds, you may consider upgrading the clarity level to assure that your diamond is lovely and clear all the way through. The sparkle on an Emerald cut diamond is unique. It is considered a less sparkly diamond, Because they are considered step cut diamonds, emerald diamonds create whats known as a hall of mirrors effect which creates flashes of light contrasted against each dark plane of the previous step. Our diamond consultants at Marshall Pierce can assist you in selecting the perfect, classic emerald cut diamond.
ASSCHER CUT DIAMONDS-
An asscher cut diamond ring is a bold, classic statement piece. Similar to an emerald cut diamond as it is another form of a step cut diamond. Asscher cut diamond engagement rings are certainly unique, as they make up a small percentage of all diamonds purchased worldwide.
As the pavilion and crown of step cut diamonds are comparatively shallower than a brilliant cut diamond, they are generally not as bright or fiery in comparison. When purchasing an asscher cut engagement ring, it is important to pay close attention to the color rating. We recommend going no lower than an H or I rated asscher diamond.
The beauty in an asscher diamond is found in the simple shimmer of the stone. Asscher engagement rings exemplify an art deco timelessness, and are equally as stunning in a solitaire or subtle halo ring setting.
MARQUISE CUT DIAMONDS-
Once upon a time, a marquise diamond was made for Marquise of Pompadour by King Louis XIV in France. They continue to be an interesting diamond shape for engagement rings, and other pieces of fine jewelry. A classic marquise diamond engagement ring would be in the length-to-width range of 1.75-2.20, however it depends on your preference of how slender you’d prefer the look. Our diamond specialists at Marshall Pierce can assist you in finding the perfect marquise diamond ring, either as a solitaire, or perhaps a setting with sidestones.
Marquise diamonds feature one of the largest crowns, carat for carat, and make for a great option when trying to maximize the surface area of a diamond. Most often, the setting of a marquise diamond ring would have two prongs that protect the outer points of the diamond, as this is the area most susceptible to chipping. As a modified brilliant-cut diamond, marquise diamonds can have a range of bow-tie effect, and something that needs to be visibly inspected with a diamond specialist. Another important consideration is the symmetry of a marquise. A slightly askew measurement can cause issues with setting the diamond, so it must be spot on.
PEAR SHAPED DIAMONDS-
A pear shaped diamond is one of the two diamond shapes that are asymmetrical, horizontally and vertically. This makes them a stunning, tear-shaped diamond, that are unique and versatile. What makes pear diamond engagement rings stand out is their hybrid qualities of a round brilliant, with the uniqueness of a marquise cut diamond. They contain the similar sparkle and brilliance of a round diamond, and reach a point on one end, similar to a marquise.
Symmetry is an important factor when shopping for a pear shaped diamond. The sloped end should be even all the way around, and the point should be centered directly in the middle on the other side. The length to width ratio is a subjective quality, and can vary for pear shaped diamonds, but somewhere between 1-1.7 would be a standard cut. The diamond is usually worn with the point towards the fingertips, but it can be set in other arrangements if desired. A traditional presentation is a six-prong solitaire setting, or if you prefer a more modern setting, consider a bezel setting, where the metal protects the entire diamond.
HEART SHAPED DIAMONDS-
You have given your heart away, and to symbolize, a brilliant-cut heart shaped diamond engagement ring will seal the deal. These uniquely feminine diamond cuts are modified versions of a pear shaped diamond, and look great either in solitaire settings, or with complementing sidestones. Of all the diamond cuts, symmetry is the most important for heart shaped diamonds. The cleft of a heart shaped diamond should be sharp and neat, and the two halves of the heart should be identical.
We recommend a minimum of .6 carat weight for heart shaped center stones, as anything less may suffer in the diamond heart shape. A classic length to width for a heart diamond ring is 1.0, however a lower ratio may look great in a solitaire setting. Our diamond specialists can show you the difference in heart shaped diamonds, and gauge what would work best for your setting.
Chicago’s Trusted Diamond Engagement Ring Dealer –
Marshall Pierce & Company is a longstanding Chicago Jeweler. We are a family owned and operated jewelry store that’s been in business since 1928. As jewelry and watch specialists in Chicago, Illinois, we welcome the local Chicagoland community, along with any visitors to our lovely city. We have on staff, a number of GIA certified gemologists who would happily provide you with a personalized engagement ring shopping experience. Our flagship jewelry boutique and watch store is situated along Chicago’s world famous Magnificent Mile, located at the corner of Oak St and Michigan Ave, just across from the Drake hotel.
Working with an Engagement Ring Specialist-
While you’re certainly welcome to stop by during our opening hours, we also welcome any inquires for an engagement ring appointment. To schedule an appointment with a GIA certified gemologist, please send us an email. We have helped hundreds of couples in choosing the perfect engagement ring, and know that each couple deserves a dedicated, personal experience. We’re happy to spend the afternoon showing you the different diamonds, and making sure you select the perfect diamond and complementing engagement ring setting. Marshall Pierce & Company is committed to your engagement experience, and pride ourselves on being Chicago’s most trusted and experienced diamond boutique.