Most of the appeal of the radiant cut has to do with the fact that it so wonderfully blends the brilliance of the round brilliant with the classic elegance which only the emerald cut could otherwise deliver. Radiant cut stones are made to shine just as brightly as the sparkle in your sweetheart’s eyes, which is why few people ever go wrong with it. In looks, this cut closely resembles the princess; although the former does have a slightly rectangular outline as well as cropped corners, both of which the latter lacks. With somewhere between 53 and 70 facets, the center stones on most radiant cut diamond engagement rings manage to bring the kind of oomph that every diamond buyer desires from their stone.
What many buyers of radiant cut engagement rings overlook is the short but interesting history of how this diamond cut even came to be a thing. Just over forty years in age, the radiant cut has managed to amass immense popularity in the short time since it first hit the scene. Its creation in 1977 is credited to Henry Grossbard, who was, at the time, looking for a blended cut style which would balance the right traits from some of the best cuts, and in the best ways. Having already worked as master diamond cutter over thirty years until then, he set out to achieve a diamond cut which would impart a stone with the maximum possible brilliance, with less loss of rough than the round brilliant demanded. Thus began the task of merging the dazzle of the latter with the elegance of the emerald cut.
Grossbard succeeded, in that he managed to combine the ‘step cut’ aspect with the alluring ‘light-reflective’ features which can cause most admirers to swoon internally. The radiant cut at first glance looks almost square, but when you get closer or do the equivalent of a clarifying squint, you notice that the stone is actually rectangular, and what’s more, it has trimmed corners to boot. It bears mentioning at this point that there are many rip-offs of the original Radiant Cut devised by Grossbard, which is why to be safe, you had better ask for a grading report and check that before buying anything.
The main idea behind getting a radiant cut diamond should be optimum clarity and color, both of which should be present when you have the larger facets. If a stone you check out has neither or just one of those things, then you should set it aside and keep on looking.