Today’s Round Cut Diamonds
Today, round cut diamonds are even more brilliant and beautiful than Tolkowsky was able to achieve. Most round diamonds use his brilliant-cut faceting design with 58 triangular or kite shaped facets that radiate outwards from the center. However, round cut diamonds with no culet, when the bottom of the diamond forms a small pointed area, only have 57 facets.
Because the majority of the rough diamond is lost during the cutting process, round diamonds tend to be a bit pricier than other shapes of the same size and quality. However, because of their cut, round diamonds also look the biggest of diamonds with the same carat. The exact price difference will vary depending on the color, carat and clarity, however, they can often be about 25-35% more expensive than other diamond shapes of the same size and quality.
If you plan on shopping for a round cut diamond, it’s important to understand the different settings that are available and how each of them compliment your beautiful stone.