What Is A Radiant Cut Diamond?

a stunning radiant cut diamond ring

We’ve heard it before: diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But no two girls are quite alike, so it’s a good thing that no two diamonds are either. Some want a classic, subtle look, and there are certainly diamond cuts for them. Other girls, however, are all about that sparkle, and to these vivacious ladies, we present the radiant cut.

A Little History on Radiant Diamonds

Developed in 1977 by Henry Grossbard, the radiant cut is a relatively new and beautiful solution for women who love the shape of an emerald cut, but want a little more glimmer and shine. The radiant cut put Grossbard on the diamond industry map (in fact, it was one of the first diamond cuts ever to receive a U.S. patent), and has since been a must-have for brides-to-be the world over. Recently, celebrities like Hilary Duff, Drew Barrymore, and Anna Kournikova have been spotted sporting radiant cuts on their left hands.

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Radiant Diamonds: The Look

As we mentioned, the radiant cut is a variation on the emerald cut. This means it still retains the rectangular shape and trimmed corners of its predecessor, though the shape can be more square depending on the diamond. But the true trademark of a radiant cut is the unforgettable brilliance factor.

The Radiant Diamond Kaleidoscopic Effect

Unlike the emerald cut, which features step-cut faceting for a “hall of mirrors” effect, the radiant cut possesses a tremendous 70 facets in a brilliant cut style that create an effervescent, kaleidoscopic effect. The surfaces of the diamond catch the light brilliantly and create the flashes of color you typically see in a round cut--the ultimate in brilliance and fire.

The Radiant Diamond Kaleidoscopic Effect
Fancy Colored Radiant Diamonds

Fancy Colored Radiant Diamonds

If you’re into colored diamonds, the multifaceted radiant cut will intensify the hue of a fancy-colored stone (Remember Jennifer Lopez’s pink diamond from Ben Affleck? A radiant cut). But of course, the radiant cut suits diamonds of every color.

The Right Setting for Radiant Diamonds

Once you’ve settled on the diamond you want, the real fun begins. Choosing a setting, or for the creative types, designing your own, is a way to add your personal touch to the ring as a whole, and make it something you or your bride to be will cherish forever. Thankfully, a stunning stone like the radiant cut doesn’t need much to make it spectacular. This is the type of diamond that really allows for creativity, as your options for a setting are practically endless.

Radiant Settings: Two ways

A simple solitaire can make for a classic, timeless ring that will wow everyone that sees it. However, if you are looking for a little something extra, the radiant cut is a versatile diamond that looks at home in almost any setting. A pair of baguettes on either side, in diamond or even a different stone, can be a delightful accent that breathes new life into the diamond. Even a detailed halo, like this art deco-inspired setting, can dress up the diamond in a fun, unique way.

Radiant Settings: Two ways
A Radiant Diamond for Every Budget

A Radiant Diamond for Every Budget

Like any diamond, pricing for a radiant cut will vary based on factors such as size, clarity, and color. Our radiant cut diamonds start at $149, so there is sure to be a diamond that suits your budget. Why not check it out yourself and see why this unique diamond, with a look that is the very definition of radiance, deserves its name!

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