What is a Round Cut Diamond?


Round cut diamonds truly are the most popular and beloved diamond across the globe. No one can argue that statement as they are truly the embodiment of commitment and beauty. Let’s examine why.

A traditional round cut diamond is a uniform round symmetrical shape that boasts 58 sparkling facets which makes them a brilliant-cut diamond.  A round cut diamond or brilliant cut diamond is cone-shaped which magnifies the light that exudes from the crown or top of the diamond.

Keep reading to find out more about the king of all Diamond Shapes!

What makes the Round Cut Diamond so Special?

The brilliant-cut diamond or round cut diamond is by far the most popular diamond purchased with a total of 75% of couples choosing to go with the round cut diamond. They are very traditional and perfectly symbolize commitment and love.

Since round cuts have so many facets it makes blemishes and inclusions not so noticeable. This diamond really magnifies light and exudes brilliance. It is superior to fancy cut diamonds because of its maximum light reflection properties and fire.

Brilliant cut diamonds have been most popular for centuries and with all their stunning facets and twinkling glow they are a classic choice.

Pros and Cons of the Round Cut Diamond

Round cut diamonds have a beauty that cannot be matched. They are in a league all their own and have a brilliance that is unlike any other.  They have so much white light that bounces off of the facets of the diamond and the cut just magnifies it.

The fire that this type of diamond produces cannot be ignored either. This brilliant-cut stone gives off such a colored glow and when cut properly can be absolutely eye-catching! Round cut diamonds are timeless and will always be in style. They twinkle with class and sophistication.

One negative point about round cut diamonds is that they carry the highest premium of all the diamonds. This is because they are so popular and suppliers know demand can make them more exceptional and rare.



Are Round Cut Diamonds Expensive?

Yes, round cut diamonds are one of the most costly diamond shapes you could purchase. The reason being is that they have so many intricate facets and it takes a lot of mathematical precision and skill to cut them.

Round cut diamonds are also the most popular which means they come with the highest premiums.

Round Cut Diamond Price

If you’re looking for a good round cut diamond be prepared to pay at least $4,000. This will get you a decent size 1-carat with good SI1 clarity, H color, and a Very good or an Ideal cut. You will pay more from there if you want higher clarity, color grade, or larger carat size.

What is the Best Setting for a Round Cut Diamond?

There are endless settings for a round cut diamond and no setting could ever look bad. Round cut diamonds are extremely versatile and because they are so classic and have such a simple shape they complement every style and setting. It really just comes down to your personal taste and style.

Also, you will want to consider the type of metal that you will use. If you are thinking about yellow gold remember that it will be a different shade from 14k to 18k. Rose gold will look pinker if you go for 14k, and will look more gold with the 18k.

When looking for your diamond remember the four C’s and look for a stone with high cut grades that are at least ideal or very good.  Make sure to consider symmetry and clarity of the diamond as well. Your budget will dictate the rest. Remember that cut is the most important thing as this is going to affect the rings sparkle the most.

Make sure you examine the diamond visually to determine if it is eye clean rather than just reading its clarity grading. With regards to color grading don’t spend too much time on this either as it not going to affect your diamond that much.

Round cut diamonds are certainly the hallmark of classic engagement rings and if you are thinking of them as an option you can’t go wrong.

Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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