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Across the centuries, fashions come and fashions go. This is as true with cuts of diamonds as it is with clothing, but there are some classic styles which are always popular because of their exquisite design and beauty.
One such perennial is the round cut brilliant diamond. Whatever the intended piece of jewelry, this cut remains the most popular option head and shoulders above all others; it’s the first choice for 75% of all diamond cuts and represents tradition, elegance and style.
A round cut brilliant diamond is a gemstone which – in comparison to other cuts – offers superior reflection of light which maximizes the potential luminosity. The term brilliant cut means it has 58 facets and each of these is meticulously crafted for lustre and shine.
A round cut stone often has a higher value than other cuts; cushion, princess or pear for example. This is because there is always a high demand for this time-honored style and the initial yield of suitable diamonds from the mines is low.
Due to the amount of diamond lost during the cutting process to achieve the design, this is often a more expensive choice but this is off-set through the longevity of desirability.
Round cut brilliant diamonds first found their place as the premium choice for statement piece jewelry a century ago. A thesis by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919 described the optimum angles to cut a diamond to achieve the maximum brilliance and fire and ever since then it has never gone out of fashion.
His invention of the brilliant cut has since been enhanced with the use of laser cutting which draws out even more light dispersion and shows that his mathematical skill was to revolutionize the diamond industry.
With such beauty in the cut and clarity of this rare and natural resource, care must be taken when selecting a setting for the stone to sit in. It’s crucial to display the facets in the best possible way and for the maximum amount of light to be able to pass through.
Perhaps the best setting of all those available for a round cut diamond is the prong. With small claws gently but securely grasping the stone, this is the way to really see the stone at its best.
Light will shine through every angle showing the flawless illumination to all. Choosing 4 prongs will mean it can be held on opposing sides to keep it secure and there is the minimal amount of metal showing to overshadow the diamond.
A further setting choice would be the bezel. This would see the diamond wrapped in a ring of metal to really make it stand out. It’s a choice for anyone who loves contemporary styles of jewelry and whilst this option can block the light which can shine through a little, it is still an excellent way to see the fire of a round cut brilliant stone.
If you’re considering purchasing a diamond ring in the near future and you’re not sure which cut is the one for your intended, the round cut brilliant will always be met with a warm and loving response by the fortunate person you choose it for.
For endearing beauty, a timeless look and a style which all symoblize subtle elegance, the round cut brilliant diamond will continue to win the hearts of all those who receive and wear it both now and also in the years to come.