One can never go wrong with their choice of a round cut diamond. Such is the popularity and supreme beauty it beholds. The term diamond has always been associated with sparkle and it is the round brilliant cut that best exemplifies it. They are the most versatile of all the diamond shapes we have today.
Round diamonds have a history that dates back to as early as the 17th century.That was a time when diamond cutters had initiated their search for the most accurate way of cutting diamonds. The eventual discovery of the ‘old mine’ orthe ‘old European cut’ in the 1700s led to the unveiling of a series of other cuts. With the publication of the thesis “Diamond Design: A Study of theReflection and Refraction of Light in Diamond” by Marcel Tolkowsky, a noted engineer and diamond cutter, the popularity of the round diamond soared.
With the advancement in technology, a more modified version emerged. The modern round brilliant cut has 58 facets which are distributed amongst the girdle,crown and pavilion. When there is no culet, it comes with 57 facets. The standard ratio that lies between 1.00 and 1.02 is said to exhibit the maximum shine. The round brilliant cut is an embodiment of un paralleled beauty and sparkle.
Some Fascinating Facts about the Round Diamond:
- Round cut diamond alone constitutes approximately 80% of all diamonds sold. In other words, vas magorfity of the diamond sold are round cut diamonds. This is one diamond cut that will never age with time.
- Optimized for light refraction, the round brilliant cut delivers supreme fire and scintillation. The impressive intensity of fire and brilliance, hides traces of colors, inclusions and blemishes in the diamond. And because of the exceptional display of light, a diamond of low clarity, color and even cut can still manage to lure you with its sparkle.
- In the making and cutting of the round brilliant cut diamond, a lot of the rough stone is lost thereby, making it the most expensive diamond of all the diamond shape. A 1.00 carat, VS2 clarity, F-color and excellent round brilliant cut diamond will cost approximately 25-35% more than any other fancy shape diamonds
- Lastly, the round brilliant cut is the oldest of all the diamond shapes.
Tips to Buy a Round Diamond:
First of all, do not confuse a round diamond with that of a round brilliantcut. Make sure you know what you are buying because a round diamond need not necessarily be the same as as the round brilliant cut diamond. Lastly, ensure that the diamond you are buying is certified and has the tag of reputed diamondl aboratories like EGL, AGS, IGI or GIA.