radiant cut engagement rings
Radiant cut diamonds are characterised for their square shape and chamfered edges. There’s no exact amount of facets a radiant cut diamond has, but experts agree it ranges between 62-70 facets.
While they may resemble the popular princess cut diamond, there are a few distinct differences to point out.
Princess cut diamonds are meant to be a perfect square shape, while radiant cut diamonds are slightly longer. However, square cut radiants are also popular. In this case, the difference would lie in the faceting patterns and cutting styles.
There have been many variations of the radiant cut diamond shape to date.
History of the Radiant Cut Shape
The radiant cut shape is relatively new than most other gem shapes. It was developed in 1977, by Henry Grossard. Grossard aimed to develop a shape that combined both cutting styles of the round brilliant and emerald cut shape.
Initially, the radiant cut was developed with 70 facets, but the modified radiant cuts found today traditionally have 62 facets. Other variations of the radiant cut shape have been developed which carry facets in numbers between the classic and modern shapes.
Benefits and Features of Radiant Cut
Radiant cut stones offer a beautiful brilliance and distinctive look from the traditional shapes chosen for engagement rings. Here are a couple reasons why radiants can make a great stone shape:
Radiant cut shapes have a combination cut, resulting in a unique brilliance unlike other diamond shapes.
Radiant cut stones are faceted in a combination of brilliant-cutting and step-cutting techniques. The crown (top) of the diamond has brilliant cut facets, like the round diamond and the oval diamonds. The bottom has step cut facets, like the emerald cut diamond and Asscher cut diamond.
Brilliant cut facets are said to produce a glittering look, which is typically seen in the short choppy facets of a round or cushion cut diamond. Step cut facets are more narrow and long, resulting in flashes of brilliance.
The cropped edges of radiant cut stone offer better protection than other diamond shapes.
Radiant cuts aren’t as long as emerald cut diamonds, but carry similar cropped corners that might confuse customers. Emerald cuts are fully step-cut, resulting in a different kind of light performance than a radiant cut diamond. Additionally, the cropped corners are softer than with emerald cuts.
When compared to an Asscher cut diamond, the cropped corners aren’t as prominent either. This can make it look even more stunning in delicate and intricate engagement rings.
Pointed shapes are more vulnerable to chipping, which put shapes like radiant cuts at an advantage. However, if you do love a pointed shape, we can ensure that it is fully covered and protected.
How To Pick out a Radiant Cut Diamond
Like most fancy diamond shapes, picking out a radiant cut diamond is often about what you see. Here are some things to keep in mind when picking out a radiant cut diamond for your engagement ring.
In order to shift your radiant cuts profile from traditional to square, you’ll want to choose a radiant cut with a shorter length to width ratio.
Different variations of the radiant cut diamond may stylize its corners with more prominent edges or different faceting patterns to give it a look. Ask us to see any of these variations if interested.
The larger crown (top facets) of radiant cut diamonds make them ideal for coloured stones, such as gemstones or coloured diamonds. Step cut shapes reveal colour more than others, which is something you want for gems that showcase colour.
But if you’re wanting a colourless looking radiant cut, you might want to choose higher colour grades. While your colour grade doesn’t affect the physical composition of the diamond, some may see faint yellow tint in their diamond.
Some of our customers prefer the romantic candlelight appearance of tinted diamonds, but others like colourless. Ask us about the distinction between the two and we’d be happy to show you examples.
Radiant cuts with clarity characteristics in the pavilion of the diamond are less noticeable because of the advantage brilliant cut stones have with clarity. On the other hand, clarity imperfections in the crown may be more noticeable because of the step cut facets.
We carry radiant cuts of all different qualities, making it easy for you to mix and match according to your budget. And if you aren’t familiar with the properties of colour grades and clarities, we can show you examples of different qualities.
Radiant cut diamonds are more of a modern shape, but still has the versatility to look beautiful in vintage engagement rings too.
All of the radiant cut engagement rings in this section are able to be customised to your liking. Change any detail you like, or replicate as is. You may use elements of any of our designs for your own bespoke radiant cut engagement ring.
Browse our selection of radiant cut engagement rings below to see some of the designs customers have requested from us. If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, use one of the contact forms to contact us for a custom made radiant cut ring.
All of our diamond jewellery is backed by our “Satisfaction Guarantee” that pledges to alter or adjust your bespoke engagement ring to your satisfaction.
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