How To Draw A Diamond

The Diamond You'll Be Drawing
The Diamond You’ll Be Drawing

Many artists struggle to draw the perfect diamond. This is because diamonds, much like other gemstones, are often characterized by having flat, geometric surface patterns.

The surfaces of cut diamonds are divided up by edges that join the corners of the key shapes within the design. This involves a lot of angles and even more straight lines. 

Follow this step-by-step tutorial to learn how to draw an ultra-realistic diamond— it’s even suitable for beginners!

Before You Start… 

It helps to know the basic structure of a diamond before diving straight in. Some of these words may pop up later.

Cut diamonds consist of 3 main sections; the Crown, the Girdle, and the Pavillion. 

The crown refers to the flat face of the diamond, which we’ll be placing at the center of our diamond drawing. 

The girdle is the circular section around the central face. This part of the diamond is made up of multiple geometric shapes. These geometric shapes are called facets. 

The pavilion is the name for the bottom of the cut diamond (the tapered/pointed part).

In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw diamond face-on, so you won’t be drawing a pavilion. 

What You Will Learn In This Guide

This diamond drawing guide is suitable for pretty much anyone with any ability— so whether you’re a drawing maestro or a complete beginner, you’re in the right place.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this guide:

  • The Structure of a Diamond
  • A Quick Preview of All Steps
  • How to Draw a Diamond Step-by-Step
  • Finishing Touches

A Quick Preview of All Steps

Firstly, here’s a quick rundown of each and every step in this tutorial. Don’t panic! Although it may look daunting right now, we have broken the process down into small, easy to manage steps. It’s just a good idea to evaluate the bigger picture and all the steps involved before diving straight in headfirst.

Overview on How to draw a diamond
Overview on How to draw a diamond

How to Draw a Diamond Step-by-Step

Step 1Make a Circle

As the finished diamond will be circular, this is the best place to start. You can achieve a perfect circle using a compass set to your desired size.

1 Make a Circle
1. Make a Circle

Alternatively, you can use a circular item (such as a bowl), place it face-down on the paper, and trace around the perimeter of it. You should now have a perfect circle.

Step 2Add Two Dots Towards the Top of the Circle

Now that you have your circular outline, it’s time to start thinking about adding depth to your diamond. Before making any harsh lines, it’s a good idea to mark out where you want your lines to go. To do this, you’ll need a straight line, a ruler works best for this.

2 Make two dots on top of the circle
2. Add two dots towards the top of the circle

Using your ruler, pencil 2 dots at the top of your circle, at an equal distance, just as shown in the image. 

Step 3 Add Another Two Dots Towards the Bottom of the Circle

Next, you’ll need to follow the exact same instruction as Step 2, but this time, make the dots at the bottom of your circle. Now, you should have four dots in a square shape, as the illustration shows. 

3 Make two dots on the bottom of the circle
3. Add another two dots towards the bottom of the circle

Step 4Draw a Vertical Line by Connecting the Top Right and Bottom Right Dots of the Circle

Using your ruler, connect the upper and lower left dots by drawing a vertical line between them. 

4 Draw a vertical line by connecting the top right and bottom right dots of the circle
4. Draw a vertical line by connecting the top right and bottom right dots of the circle

Step 5Draw a Vertical Line by Connecting the Top Left and Bottom Left Dots of the Circle

Once again, using your ruler, connect the upper and lower right dots by drawing a vertical line between them.

5 Draw a vertical line by connecting the top left and bottom left dots of the circle
5. Draw a vertical line by connecting the top left and bottom left dots of the circle

Step 6Draw a Horizontal Line just Below the Top Dots Connecting the Two Vertical Lines

Next, you’ll need to draw a horizontal line at the top of the circle, connecting the two vertical lines.

6 Draw a horizontal line just below the top dots connecting the two vertical lines
6. Draw a horizontal line just below the top dots connecting the two vertical lines

Step 7Draw a Horizontal Line just Above the Bottom Dots Connecting the Two Vertical Lines

Repeat the previous step, but this time draw your horizontal line at the bottom of the circle. This should leave you with a circle with a central square inside it, as shown in the illustration. 

7 Draw a horizontal line just above the bottom dots connecting the two vertical lines
7. Draw a horizontal line just above the bottom dots connecting the two vertical lines

Step 8Connect the Left End of the Top Horizontal Line to the Bottom of the Right Vertical Line

Now it’s time to start including some diagonal lines. These will add depth and realism to your diamond drawing. Begin by connecting the top horizontal line with the bottom of the right vertical line by drawing a diagonal line. 

8 Connect the left end of the top horizontal line to the bottom of the right vertical line
8. Connect the left end of the top horizontal line to the bottom of the right vertical line

Step 9Connect the Top of the Left Vertical Line to the Right of the Bottom Horizontal Line

Next, draw a second diagonal line running parallel to the previous one. This diagonal line should connect the left vertical line with the bottom horizontal line. This should leave you with a kind of ‘strip’ running through your square. 

9 Connect the top of the left vertical line to the right of the bottom horizontal line
9. Connect the top of the left vertical line to the right of the bottom horizontal line

Step 10 Connect the Bottom Right of the Strip with a Diagonal Line

As you can see, this ‘strip’ running through your square contains a cross shape on each end, where the lines meet. These consist of 3 small triangular sections, as seen in the diagram. Focus on one of the triangles that form the outer edge of the circle, and connect the points using a straight line.

10 Connect the bottom right of the strip with a diagonal line
10. Connect the bottom right of the strip with a diagonal line

Step 11 – Connect the Top Left of the Strip with a Diagonal Line

Repeat step 10, but this time, focus on the other triangle section that forms the outer edge of the circle. Connect the two corners by drawing a straight line. 

11 Connect the top left of the strip with a diagonal line
11. Connect the top left of the strip with a diagonal line

Step 12 – Connect the Right End of the Top Horizontal Line to the Bottom of the Left Vertical Line

Now it’s time to draw some more diagonal lines. You’ll be creating another diagonal line ‘strip’, crossing through the previous one. It’s best to do this line by line. 

Connect the right end of the top horizontal line with the bottom end of the left vertical line. This should create a diagonal line that passes directly through the other ‘strip’ we drew earlier. 

12 Connect the right end of the top horizontal line to the bottom of the left vertical line
12. Connect the right end of the top horizontal line to the bottom of the left vertical line

Step 13 – Connect the Top of the Right Vertical Line to the Left of the Bottom Horizontal Line

Next, you’ll need to create the second ‘strip.’ Do this by drawing another diagonal line parallel to the one you drew in Step 12.

13 Connect the top of the right vertical line to the left of the bottom horizontal line. You should see a small diamond on the center
13. Connect the top of the right vertical line to the left of the bottom horizontal line. You should see a small diamond on the center

This line should connect the top end of the right vertical line with the left end of the bottom horizontal line. Once you’ve done this, you’ll notice that your diamond drawing features a circle, with an inner square, and a sort of cross running through it. 

If executed correctly, at the end of this step you should be left with a small central diamond right in the middle of your diamond drawing. If this is off-center, this means that your lines are not accurate, so you may need to erase them and try again.

Step 14 – Connect the Bottom Left of the Strip with a Diagonal Line

Just as you did in Step 10, connect the points where one of the small triangles meets the edge of the circle. 

14 Connect the bottom left of the strip with a diagonal line
14. Connect the bottom left of the strip with a diagonal line

Step 15 – Connect the Top Right of the Strip with a Diagonal Line

Repeat step 14, but this time focus on the opposite triangle. Connect the points by drawing a straight line. 

15 Connect the top right of the strip with a diagonal line
15. Connect the top right of the strip with a diagonal line

Step 16 – Connect the Top of the Two Vertical Lines with a Horizontal Line

Now you’ll need to add in some more lines to make a second square, slightly bigger than the first. Start by drawing one horizontal line at the top of your circle, connecting the tops of the two vertical lines. This creates a rectangle at the top of the circle.

16 Connect the top of the two vertical lines with a horizontal line
16. Connect the top of the two vertical lines with a horizontal line

Each of these lines play a part in creating the different facets in the crown of your diamond drawing.

Step 17 – Connect the Right of the Two Horizonal Lines with a Vertical Line

Work clockwise around your diamond drawing creating this second bigger square. 

17 Connect the right of the two horizonal lines with a vertical line
17. Connect the right of the two horizonal lines with a vertical line

Next, on the right side of the circle, connect the two horizontal lines by drawing a vertical line. Refer to the image to get an accurate idea of where to place these lines. 

Step 18 – Connect the Bottom of the Two Vertical Lines with a Horizontal Line

Once again, move around the circle in a clockwise direction by drawing a horizontal line connecting the bottoms of the two vertical lines. 

18 Connect the bottom of the two vertical lines with a horizontal line
18. Connect the bottom of the two vertical lines with a horizontal line

Step 19 – Connect the Left of the Two Horizonal Lines with a Vertical Line

Next, draw the final side of the square by connecting the two horizontal lines you just made with a vertical line. 

19 Connect the left of the two horizonal lines with a vertical line
19. Connect the left of the two horizonal lines with a vertical line

At the end of this step, you should be left with a cross within a square within a circle.

Step 20 – Focus on the Top Trapezium, Draw a Diagonal Line Connecting the Top Left Corner with the Bottom Right Corner

As you can see, the ‘square’ is made up of 4 trapeziums. Using this knowledge, focus on the uppermost trapezium.

20 Focus on the top trapezium, draw a diagonal line connecting the top left corner with the bottom right corner
20. Focus on the top trapezium, draw a diagonal line connecting the top left corner with the bottom right corner

Draw a diagonal line connecting the top left corner with the bottom right corner. 

Step 21 – Draw a Diagonal Line Connecting the Opposing Corners of One Part of the Shape

Next, focus on the inner ‘cross’ of your diamond drawing. Draw a diagonal line connecting the opposing corners of one part of the shape. 

21 Next, focus on the inner ‘cross’ of your diamond drawing. Draw a diagonal line connecting the opposing corners of one part of the shape.
21. Next, focus on the inner ‘cross’ of your diamond drawing. Draw a diagonal line connecting the opposing corners of one part of the shape

Step 22 Similar to Step 20, Draw a Diagonal Line Connecting the Top

Next, focus on the sideways trapezium shape on the left-hand side of your diamond drawing. 

22 Next, focus on the sideways trapezium shape on the left-hand side of your diamond drawing. In a similar fashion to Step 20, draw a diagonal line connecting the top
22. Next, focus on the sideways trapezium shape on the left-hand side of your diamond drawing. In a similar fashion to Step 20, draw a diagonal line connecting the top

In a similar fashion to Step 20, draw a diagonal line connecting the top left corner with the bottom right corner of this trapezium. 

Step 23 – Draw Another Diagonal Line in this Shape

Now you’ll need to place your focus back on the uppermost trapezium shape. 

23 Now you’ll need to place your focus back on the uppermost trapezium shape. Draw another diagonal line in this shape, but this time connecting the top right corn
23. Now you’ll need to place your focus back on the uppermost trapezium shape. Draw another diagonal line in this shape, but this time connecting the top right corner

Draw another diagonal line in this shape, but this time connecting the top right corner and bottom left corner. This should leave you with a cross shape inside your trapezium.

Step 24 – Connect the Opposing Corners

Just as you drew a diagonal line through the central cross in Step 21, do this again but this time going the opposite way, connecting the opposite corners.

24 Just as you drew a diagonal line through the central cross in Step 21, do this again but this time going the opposite way, connecting the opposite corners
24. Just as you drew a diagonal line through the central cross in Step 21, repeat this again however this time connecting the opposing corners

Step 25 – Connect the Upper Right Corner of the Top Trapezium with the Bottom Right Corner of the Trapezium

Next, draw another diagonal line within this central rectangle. 

25 Draw another diagonal line within this central rectangle. This line should connect the upper right corner of the top trapezium with the bottom right corner of t
25. Draw another diagonal line within this central rectangle. This line should connect the upper right corner of the top trapezium with the bottom right corner of the trapezium

This line should connect the upper right corner of the top trapezium with the bottom right corner of the bottom trapezium. Although this sounds a little confusing, using the red lines on the diagram can make this easier. 

Step 26 – Connect the Bottom Left Corner of the Top Trapezium with the Upper Right Corner of the Bottom Trapezium

Repeat step 25, but in the opposite direction. Do this by connecting the bottom left corner of the top trapezium with the upper right corner of the bottom trapezium. 

26 Repeat step 25, but in the opposite direction. Do this by connecting the bottom left corner of the top trapezium with the upper right corner of the bottom trapezium
26. Repeat step 25, but in the opposite direction. Do this by connecting the bottom left corner of the top trapezium with the upper right corner of the bottom trapezium

Step 27 – Connect the Bottom Left Corner of the Left Trapezium with the Upper Right Corner

Next, draw a diagonal line to connect the bottom left corner of the left trapezium with the upper right corner. 

27 Next, draw a diagonal line to connect the bottom left corner of the left trapezium with the upper right corner.
27. Next, draw a diagonal line to connect the bottom left corner of the left trapezium with the upper right corner

Step 28 – Connect the Upper Right Corner of the Bottom Trapezium with its Bottom Left Corner

In a similar fashion, connect the upper right corner of the bottom trapezium with its bottom left corner. 

28 In a similar fashion, connect the upper right corner of the bottom trapezium with its bottom left corner.
28. In a similar fashion, connect the upper right corner of the bottom trapezium with its bottom left corner

Step 29 – Draw a Diagonal Line Connecting the Upper Left Corner with the Bottom Right Corner

Still focusing on this bottom trapezium, draw a diagonal line connecting the upper left corner with the bottom right corner. 

29 Still focusing on this bottom trapezium, draw a diagonal line connecting the upper left corner with the bottom right corner.
29. Still focusing on this bottom trapezium, draw a diagonal line connecting the upper left corner with the bottom right corner

Step 30 Connect the Bottom Left Corner of this Trapezium with its Upper Left Corner

Focus your attention on the trapezium on the right-hand side of the circle. 

30 Focus your attention on the trapezium on the right-hand side of the circle. Connect the bottom left corner of this trapezium with its upper left corner
30. Focus your attention on the trapezium on the right-hand side of the circle. Connect the bottom left corner of this trapezium with its upper left corner

Connect the bottom left corner of this trapezium with its upper left corner. 

Step 31 Connect the Upper Left Corner with the Bottom Right Corner

Draw another diagonal line in this same trapeze, but this time in the opposite direction. 

31 Draw another diagonal line in this same trapeze, but this time in the opposite direction. Do this by connecting the upper left corner with the bottom right corn
31. Draw another diagonal line in this same trapeze, but this time in the opposite direction. Do this by connecting the upper left corner with the bottom right corner

Do this by connecting the upper left corner with the bottom right corner. 

Step 32Draw a Vertical Line Directly Down the Center of your Circle

Now, move your attention away from the trapeziums (Phew, finally!). 

32 Now, move your attention away from the trapeziums (Phew, finally!). Draw a vertical line directly down the center of your circle, as shown in the illustration.
32. Now, move your attention away from the trapeziums (Phew, finally!). Draw a vertical line directly down the center of your circle, as shown in the illustration

Draw a vertical line directly down the center of your circle, as shown in the illustration. 

Step 33Draw a Horizontal Line Directly Through the Center of your Diamond

Next, cross over this vertical line by drawing a horizontal line directly through the center of your diamond drawing. 

33 Next, cross over this vertical line by drawing a horizontal line directly through the center of your diamond drawing.
33. Next, cross over this vertical line by drawing a horizontal line directly through the center of your diamond drawing

Step 34 – Draw a Diagonal Line Connecting the Right End of the Central Horizontal Line with the Bottom Corner of the Top Trapezium

Now it’s time to connect these centerlines with the angles you drew earlier. 

34 Draw a diagonal line connecting the right end of the central horizontal line with the bottom corner of the top trapezium
34. Draw a diagonal line connecting the right end of the central horizontal line with the bottom corner of the top trapezium

To begin this, draw a diagonal line connecting the right end of the central horizontal line with the bottom corner of the top trapezium. 

Step 35 Connect the Bottom End of it to the Upper Left Corner of the Bottom Trapezium

Take the line you just drew in Step 34 and connect the bottom end of it to the upper left corner of the bottom trapezium. 

35 Take the line you just drew in Step 34 and connect the bottom end of it to the upper left corner of the bottom trapezium.
35. Take the line you just drew in Step 34 and connect the bottom end of it to the upper left corner of the bottom trapezium

Step 36 Draw a Diagonal Line to Connect the End of the Central Vertical Line with the Bottom Right Corner of the Bottom Trapezium

Once again, work your way around the shape in a clockwise direction. 

36 Draw a diagonal line to connect the end of the central vertical line with the bottom right corner of the bottom trapezium
36. Draw a diagonal line to connect the end of the central vertical line with the bottom right corner of the bottom trapezium

So next, draw a diagonal line to connect the end of the central vertical line with the bottom right corner of the bottom trapezium. 

Step 37 – Connect the Bottom End with the Bottom Left Corner of the Bottom Trapezium

Take the line you just drew in Step 36 and connect the bottom end of it with the bottom left corner of the bottom trapezium. 

37 Take the line you just drew in Step 36, connect the bottom end of it with the bottom left corner of the bottom trapezium. Do this by drawing a diagonal line between
37. Take the line you just drew in Step 36, connect the bottom end of it with the bottom left corner of the bottom trapezium

Do this by drawing a diagonal line between the two. 

Step 38 Connect the Left End of the Central Horizontal Line with the Upper Left Corner of the Left Trapezium

Now you should focus on the left-hand side of your diamond drawing. 

38 Focus on the left-hand side of your diamond drawing. Connect the left end of the central horizontal line with the upper left corner of the left trapezium
38. Focus on the left-hand side of your diamond drawing. Connect the left end of the central horizontal line with the upper left corner of the left trapezium

Connect the left end of the central horizontal line with the upper left corner of the left trapezium. 

Step 39 Connect the Central Horizontal Line with the Bottom Left Corner of the Top Trapezium

You guessed it!— draw yet another diagonal line. This time, it should connect the central horizontal line with the bottom left corner of the top trapezium. 

39. Draw yet another diagonal line. This time, it should connect the central horizontal line with the bottom left corner of the top trapezium
39. Draw yet another diagonal line. This time, it should connect the central horizontal line with the bottom left corner of the top trapezium

Step 40 Draw a Diagonal Line Connecting the Central Vertical Line with its Bottom Left Corner

Follow the same process for the top trapezium. 

40 Follow the same process for the top trapezium. Draw a diagonal line connecting the central vertical line with its bottom left corner.
40. Follow the same process for the top trapezium. Draw a diagonal line connecting the central vertical line with its bottom left corner

Draw a diagonal line connecting the central vertical line with its bottom left corner. 

Step 41 Connect the Upper End of the Line in Step 40 with the Top Right Corner of the Top Trapezium

Once again, connect the upper end of the line you just drew in step 40 with the top right corner of the top trapezium. 

41 connect the upper end of the line in step 40 with the top right corner of the top trapezium. These lines help to form a realistic crown section of your diamond draw
41. Connect the upper end of the line in step 40 with the top right corner of the top trapezium. These lines help to form a realistic crown section of your diamond drawing

These lines help to form a realistic crown section of your diamond drawing. 

Step 42 – Draw the Last Line to Connect the Polygon

For this step, simply draw a single line in the upper right area of your diamond to connect the polygon.

42 Draw the last line to connect the polygon
42. Draw the last line to connect the polygon

Step 43 – Connect the Corners

Now it’s time to connect the corners.

This can be done easily by drawing a “V” shape in the middle of your diamond drawing. The bottom angle of your “V” should be at the very bottom of your diamond and it should be central. 

43 Connect the corners. It can be done by drawing a V in the middle of the diamond. The bottom of the V should be at the bottom of your diamond and it should be center
43. Connect the corners. It can be done by drawing a V in the middle of the diamond. The bottom of the V should be at the bottom of your diamond and it should be center

The lines of the “V” should point diagonally upwards and connect to the upper corners of the top trapezium. 

Step 44 – Draw yet Another “V”

Following the same fashion as step 43, you need to draw yet another “V”.

This time, it needs to be upside down.

44 Following the same fashion as step 42, you need to draw yet another “V”. This time, it needs to be upside down
44. Following the same fashion as step 43, you need to draw yet another “V”. This time, it needs to be upside down

To do this, the angle of the “V” should be right in the center at the top of your circle, and the lines should point diagonally downwards and connect to the bottom two corners of the bottom trapezium. 

Step 45 – Draw the Third “V”

Now, you’ll need to draw the third “V”.

This one will be drawn sideways, with the point of it meeting the right end of the horizontal central line.

45 Now, you’ll need to draw the third “V”. This one will be drawn sideways, with the point of it meeting the right end of the horizontal central line.
45. Now, you’ll need to draw the third “V”. This one will be drawn sideways, with the point of it meeting the right end of the horizontal central line

 The sides of the “V” should point diagonally upward and connect to the upper corners of the left trapezium.

Step 46 – Draw the Final“V” Shape

Next, draw the final “V” shape.

This time, the point should be positioned at the left end of the central horizontal line. 

46. Next, draw the final“V” shape. This time, the point should be positioned at the left end of the central horizontal line
46 Next, draw the final“V” shape. This time, the point should be positioned at the left end of the central horizontal line

The lines of the “v” should point diagonally upward and connect to the upper corners of the right trapezium.

Step 47 – Draw a Diagonal Towards the Upper Left Corner of the Top Trapezium

Next, turn your attention to the central horizontal line.

Take the left end of it, and draw a line diagonally upwards from it and connect it to the upper left corner of the top trapezium. 

Additionally, draw a second diagonal line, this time pointing downwards from the horizontal line, and connect it to the bottom left corner of the bottom trapezium. 

47. Starting from the central horizontal line, draw a diagonal towards the upper left corner of the top trapezium. Do the same for the other side.
47 Starting from the central horizontal line, draw a diagonal towards the upper left corner of the top trapezium. Do the same for the other side

Mirror this exact process for the right-hand side of your diamond drawing. Use the illustration to guide you.

Step 48 – Repeat Step 47 but for the Central Vertical Line

Now you’ll need to focus on the central vertical line, but the process is pretty much the same.

From each end of the central vertical line, draw two diagonal lines stretching outward to meet the respective corners of the nearest trapezium. 

48. Repeat step 47 but for the central vertical line
48 Repeat step 47 but for the central vertical line

Step 49 – Finished

Ta-Da! You have completed your diamond drawing.

49. Finished
49 Finished

If you’re thinking about adding color to your diamond drawing to make it appear more realistic, read on for some pro tips.

Finishing Touches

While the finished result resembles an attractive jumble of geometric shapes, the real beauty can be seen when you add color. 

Shading in each segment will create the illusion of depth, thus making your drawing look more like the real deal. 

Don’t be afraid to really jazz it up by making a few of the geometric segments a lighter color than the rest. This will create the illusion that your diamond is reflecting light, much as real ones do. 

Leave a few of the geometrically shaped segments blank too. This will emphasize the ‘glittering’ effect. 

An important thing to note here is that if one facet is bright, then the one right next to it is probably darker.

Don’t limit yourself to just greys and whites, experiment with different colors to create the illusion of different lightings and environments. 

You can even create a gradient effect by coloring certain parts of the shapes in a darker color and blending it out into a lighter one. 

Conclusion

Drawing a diamond isn’t always an easy task, especially if you’re looking to create one that is geometrically accurate. We hope this guide made this more easy for you, and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please have a look at some of our other drawing tutorials as well.

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