Popular Engagement Ring Cuts - The Round Brilliant Diamond

Dec 10 10:25 2014 Lisa Jeeves Print This Article

The round brilliant diamond is the most popular of all engagement ring cuts. This article explores the round diamond and its features.

The round brilliant diamond is the most popular of all engagement ring cuts. It represents about 75% of all diamonds sold,Guest Posting because as long as it reflects light properly to maximize brightness, it is generally superior to fancy shapes.

The round brilliant diamond is shaped like a cone and, therefore, provides optimum light return at the top of the stone. The round brilliant cut is preferred when the crystal is an octahedron because often two stones can be cut from this shape.

About the round brilliant cut

The round brilliant is the most researched diamond shape available of all engagement ring cuts. Cutters have been using precise mathematical calculations and advanced theories of light behaviour for many years. This has optimized the fire and brilliance in a round diamond.

It was in 1919 when the round shape started to become more popular after Marcel Tolkowsky published ‘Diamond Design: A Study of the Reflection and Refraction of Light in Diamond’. His work described the ideal proportions of a round cut diamond to maximise its brilliance and fire. His thesis has since been worked on by diamond manufacturers to further improve a round diamond cut.

A round diamond gives more flexibility than other engagement ring cuts in terms of balancing cut, colour and clarity grades while still generating the fire and brilliance of the stone. Most round diamonds are brilliant cut which means they have 58 facets, or 57 when there is no culet (the small area at the bottom of the diamond’s pavilion).

Colour and Clarity

Evaluating the colour and clarity of round cut diamonds is based on personal taste. For example, GIA classification states that a diamond of more than 50 carats is rated as ‘excellent’ with the colour grading of D-F and ‘very good’ at H-I. Yet some people may actually prefer a G-H colour graded diamond which has a mixture of warmer colours than an ‘excellent’ D-F which is cooler and colourless.

Likewise, preference for the clarity of the diamond is unique to personal taste. Some people don’t mind inclusions as long as they cannot easily see them, while others prefer a flawless appearance.

Cost

Round diamonds are more expensive than fancy diamond shapes on a carat per carat basis. This is, firstly, because the demand for round diamonds is high, while the yield is low. And, secondly, because more of the diamond is lost in the cutting process of the round brilliant than in other engagement ring cuts. Even with modern techniques, cutting and polishing a diamond crystal usually results in a dramatic loss of weight. (It normally loses 50% of its weight.) It is likely that a typical round cut diamond will cost 25-35% more than a fancy cut diamond.

Advice when opting for a round brilliant cut diamond

It is generally recommended to opt for one of the two highest cut grades of the traditional round diamond so that the diamond’s brilliance is maximised. The two highest cut grades are ‘ideal’ and ‘very good’. In addition, ‘ideal’, ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ polish and symmetry grades are preferred for this cut.

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Lisa Jeeves
Lisa Jeeves

Frederick Holm is staff writer for of the F&L Designer Guides, written to help consumers choose a unique engagement ring design. From the best engagement ring cuts to precious metals and coloured stones, we have ideas and opinions covering all the options. Offering advice, tips and suggestions on how to choose that perfect ring, F&L will accompany you on every stage of your search to find the right designer.

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