Radiant Cut Diamond – Things to know

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There are various fancy shapes of diamonds available on the market. However, radiant is one of the most loved options. Radiant cut diamonds come in a variety of length-width ratios, from square to rectangle. However, they are usually preferred in a rectangular shape. Radiant cut diamond has 70 facets, unlike round brilliant which has 57 facets.

How was the radiant cut diamond invented?

Henry Grossbard first invented the radiant cut diamond in the late 1970s. He designed this cut to bring together the finer elements of an emerald cut and a round brilliant cut into a single diamond cut. And he succeeded, as the radiant cut diamond has an amazing brilliance and fire and it retains a good amount of original rough.

Is it cost-effective?

Well, radiant cut diamonds are not heavy on pockets. As their per carat costing is lower when compared to round brilliant. In a radiant cut diamond wastage of the original rough is much less during the cutting process. As a result, the final yield weight is better when compared to other shapes. The benefit of weight gain helps in getting affordable per carat prices.

Radiant cut diamond in an engagement ring

In the jewellery world, radiant cut diamonds are most popular in engagement rings. It appears bigger to the eyes because of its fuller look. It even makes the wearer’s finger look slender and long. The added advantage is that the radiant cut diamond has bevelled edges, which protects the diamond from chipping. It is an excellent choice for day to day wear or for people with an active lifestyle.

Inclusions in radiant cut diamond

Inclusions are the imperfections created inside the diamond during the forming process. It is one of the important factors to determine the clarity of the diamond.  Less the imperfections higher the cost. The radiant cut diamonds shape and structure allow it to hide inclusions. So, you can choose the diamond in which the inclusions are not visible to naked eyes and can save some bucks.

Few factors to consider while buying radiant cut diamonds.

Length width ratio

It is derived by dividing the length of the diamond by its width. It is important for the overall look. For a radiant cut diamond, the common length to width ratio lies between 1.10 to 1.45 for a rectangle. For square, it is 1.00 to 1.04.

Bow tie effect

The bow tie effect is the event where a look-alike shadow of a bow tie appears in a diamond which creates a dark patch, where light cannot enter. It appears in weak cut diamond. So, make sure you are buying a well-cut radiant diamond as the bow tie effect can affect the sparkle of the diamond.

Depth and table

The distance from the top to the bottom of the diamond is depth. The ideal depth lies somewhere between 65 to 70. The table is the topmost biggest facet on the upper surface of the diamond. It plays an important role in the reflection of light. The ideal table size in a radiant cut diamond lies around 65 per cent.

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