All There Is To Know About Round Cut Diamonds!
A round cut diamond is the oldest known cut in the diamond world. The modern brilliant round cut diamond has 58 facets and is known for its great reflection of white light also known as brilliance. Round cut diamonds are the most widely used to cut and in fact more than 70% of diamonds sold in the world are round cut diamonds. Round cut diamonds are also the most widely used cut design.
Round cut diamonds gained popularity around the early 1900s when a scientist named Marcel Tolkovsky published a study on reflection, light and brilliance. Post this revelation that the round cut diamond has maximized brilliance, every jeweler was using round cut diamonds in his design.
During the Art Deco and Victorian era, round cut diamonds were in the spotlight and from aristocracy to royalty everyone was wearing the cut.
Coming into the 21st century the round cut saw a few modifications and the already shiny cut now had enhanced brilliance due to technological advancements. The Round brilliant cut is now a timeless classic diamond cut that is popular and preferred amongst the producers and consumers.
Round cut diamonds are the most traditional diamonds out there. They are available in different metals and various band designs. They are most suitable for conventional wedding and engagement rings.
Types of round-cut diamonds?
Throughout history, there have been three types of round-cut diamonds. We give you a comparison between the oldest two, which are the old European cut diamond and the old mine cut diamond. The most recently developed cut which is the round brilliant cut diamond which is now widely used and preferred.
A comparison between the old mine cut and the old European cut
The old mine cut and the old European cut though they originated at different times in history have many stark differences. Here we give you a detailed comparison between the 2 cuts.
Table and Culet: Table is the top flat surface of the diamond and the cutlets are small pointed surfaces which form at the bottom of the diamond. The old European diamond cut has a large table and small culets. Their faces are large and a bigger percentage of their girdle is the diameter of their table.
The Old European cut can be recognized by looking for a perfect circle in between. In comparison to the Old mine cut which has a cushion shape, meaning around the mid part with rounded corners. The old mine cut has a smaller percentage of its girdle than the diameter of the top table. The old mine cut as a result has a small top table and larger culets.
Crown and Pavillion: Crown of the diamond is that slanting area on the highest side of the diamond, slightly below the table. The pavilion is the slanting surfaces that join together to form the culet. The old European cut has a higher crown, larger and steeper pavilions. The diamonds were also deeper due to this reason. Whereas the old mine cut features comparatively less depth, shorter pavilions, and shorter crowns.
Girdle: The Girdle is the line that runs on the circumference of the diamond. This is what gives the diamond its shape when looking from a top view. The girdle separates the bottom and top of the diamond which is the pavilion and crown respectively. The old European cut diamond has a comparatively wider girdle because of its round shape, and the old mine cut had a narrower girdle because of the squarish shape.
Facets: Facets are the flat surfaces on a diamond. The average old mine cut has 58 facets typically whereas the normal old European cut has 64 facets. The facets of the old mine cut are flatter and bigger whereas the old European cut has smaller facets.
Development: The old mine cut was developed during a time with minimal to no advanced diamond technology. The main focus of the artisans and diamond cutters was to enhance and achieve the maximum brilliance, that meant shaving off a lot from the original stone.
The old European cut was developed when technology was in a better state. The focus of the craftsmen now shifted to maximize carat weight and preserve the maximum amount as they will form the first stone.
What to Look For When Buying a Round Cut Brilliant Diamond
Color: The Gemological Institute of America gives the color of each diamond grading. The color of the diamond heavily affects its aesthetic as well as price. The closer the diamond is to being colorless, the better grade it has on the color scale. We have mentioned the grades that we think are worth buying when looking for a round-cut brilliant diamond.
Colorless or D, E, F grade means that the diamond is absolutely colorless.
Near Colorless or G, H, I, J grade means that there is some color but not visible to the eyes.
Faint Color or K, L, M grade means that the color may be visible to the naked eyes.
Clarity: The process of making diamonds is not flawless. While there is a higher chance that diamonds which are grown in labs will have fewer inclusions, there is still a probability of flaws, after all, nothing is perfect. Heer we give you the diamond grading provided by the Gemological Institute of America. We have only included the grades that we think you should consider buying.
Flawless or FL grease means that the diamond is free of blemishes and inclusions and they are not even visible under magnification.
Internally Flawless or an IF grade means that there is no inclusion but slight blemishes may be visible under magnification.
Very, Very Slightly Included or a VVS1, VVS2 grade means the diamond has inclusions but they are not easily visible, not even to an expert.
Very Slightly Included or a VS1, VS2 grade means that there are certain minor inclusions only visible to the naked eye.
Carat: Carat weight is essential when buying a brilliant round cut diamond. What weight you want to buy largely depends on your budget and the design you like. However, what we would recommend is that prefer buying lab-grown diamonds because the cost of lab-grown diamonds is far less compared to natural diamonds, even when you are buying a heavier carat diamond.
Cut: The Gemological Institute of America also gives a grading scale to determine the quality of Cut. A good cut directly affects the shine of the diamond and hence it becomes a primary factor in determining the cost of the stone. Here are the Cut grades you should buy when shopping for a round-cut brilliant diamond.
The GIA Grading Scale for Cut:
Excellent: Means maximum shine and reflection
Very Good: Has good reflection and gives back most of the light
Good: Brilliance is good but not the same as higher cuts.
Why should you choose a round-cut diamond?
There are certain advantages that a Brilliant round cut diamond has and why you should prefer buying it. Here are the pros of buying a round cut diamond:
Brilliance: Round cut diamond has the best brilliance in the market. The diamond is cut in such a way that it reflects a maximum of the white light making it extremely lustrous. As the name suggests, brilliance is the top priority of the round cut.
Options: If you like to have options, then round cut diamonds are your stone. Round cut diamond has a lot of variety in terms of designs. They can be adjusted and added to any jewelry design and this is one of the reasons why they are so widely used.
Never goes out of style: The round cut diamond has been the jewelry world favorite for decades. They are a classic timeless cut that will never go out of fashion. Your jewelry piece will always be in trend if you buy a round-cut diamond.
Fire: Have you ever looked inside a diamond? If you have, chances are you would have seen a rainbow-like light inside the diamond. This is known as the fire of the diamond, one of the beauty factors the stone has. Round cut diamonds have the most fire and it makes them look exquisite and expensive.
Our Top 4 Engagement Ring Recommendations for Round Cut Diamond:
Flower of life engagement ring: A beautiful ring with a cradle of petals of white gold around the main diamond. The ring is inspired by a rose, but you get similar designs inspired by different flowers. Flower of life engagement rings are precious and intricate designed and that is why they are our favorite in this segment.
Regal Halo Ring: The Regal Halo rings another statement piece with geometric shapes and great symmetry. It features a central round brilliant cut diamond with a halo of diamonds around it. What makes the rings special is their sides, band, and shoulders.
The sides of the diamond have curves extending from them, the band of the ring. The curved area extends from the top and bottom of the diamond, to meet at the band, forming a heart-like shape. Each curved is also sculpted, giving the ring, nuanced detailing.
The band of the rings is fitted with smaller diamonds that add finishing and extra sparkle to the ring. We suggest platinum to be the choice of mental for this one.
Sienna Ring: The sienna ring has central diamonds, with an added halo. The detailing in the ring is gorgeous, with cascading curves, extending from the center. The curves on the shoulders are made in a cathedral style, which means they have small carvings on them with rounded ends.
At the end of this frenzy of curves, are two diamonds, one just before the end, a round cut brilliant diamond is placed. At the absolute end, when the curves meet the band, another small round brilliant diamond is placed to complete the look. Gold or a platinum band is what suits this style the best.
Aberdeen Diamond Ring: The Aberdeen Diamond ring is a one-of-a-kind piece. The rings are almost regal with sculpted bands and unique cutting on both sides. The main diamond is placed between Celtic knots on each side.
As soon as the end of the Celtic knots, small pear-shaped diamonds are placed between a Celtic loop on each side of the round cut diamond, followed by a strand of diamonds on the sides completing the ring. The scrollwork on both sides is historic and artistic. The ring is Celtic knots embracing diamond accents on the shoulders of this romantic ring, while elegant scrollwork adorns the top and sides of the band.
Round cut diamonds have an institution of history behind them. They were loved by the royals and now, in the 21st century, they are loved by the entire world. They are a statement of beauty and everyone who owns them cannot say otherwise. We hope that we helped gain insight on Round cut diamonds and now you can buy them like a professional. Happy shopping!