There are different types of standard diamond shapes and sizes. Radiant cut is one of those popular shapes. Each shape has their own characteristics and advantages. This presents a problem to the buyer, the buyer’s dilemma. To make the most informed decision and to get the best value for money, you need to know the popular cuts. If you are planning to purchase radiant cut diamonds, you need to know about the cut in more depth.
Ideal radiant cut has 70 facets. When seen from the top side, a perfectly cut radiant diamond will show a diagonal cross pattern. This is the USP of radiant cut which differentiates it from any other cut. Although there are some slight variations of the cut exist, the standard radiant cut is the most versatile cut. The diamonds tend to be slightly rectangular with a 5:6 ratio of width and length. However, square shapes radiant cut isn’t rare.
Like the popular hybrid cuts, such as the princess cut, radiant cut also combines the angular elegance of step cuts and the dazzle and brilliance of the round brilliant cut. While radiant cut has cropped corners, princess cut has sharp edges and this is the differentiating factor between two cuts. Emerald cut also has cropped corners.
Radiant diamonds can be used for multiple purposes as the cut is very versatile. They can be an effective solitaire while using them as centre stone is not uncommon practice either.
While the radiant cut has some common feature with emerald and Asscher cuts, radiant cut has small sized facets which helps us to conceal flaws, if any, in the stone. Other step cut based shapes often suffer from the clarity related issues due to longer facets. This also means that radiant cut doesn’t ‘accumulate’ colours at the corner which is a prominent issue in some other non-round cuts.
When assessing a radiant cut diamond, you should use the parameters which you use for evaluating other popular cuts, especially, round brilliant cuts. This means that you should use the standard certification grades to get the best possible value for your money.
However, while you judge the diamond the best you can, you should also rely on professional grading system. GIA certified diamonds come with a standard grading and it tells you the weight and the size of the diamond. It specifies the flaws of the stone and you can be assured that you are buying an authentic and genuine diamond.