Diamond Shape: Radiant Cut
Take the glamorous appeal of the emerald shape, mix in the brilliance of the round cut and the symmetry of the princess cut – and what have you got? The dazzling Radiant of course! Cleverly trimmed corners add a classy dimension to this shape. This shape is unusual and rare to find. Distinctive sparkle and individual shape make these diamonds a special choice for those who embrace being unique!
A rectangular shape, with angled corners, invented as a round brilliant cut alternative to the emerald. Usually with a huge 70 facets, the rectangular shape of this intricate diamond requires it to be cut with greater depth, meaning that there must be greater weight in the pavilion as is necessary for other symmetrical shapes. This manufacturing feature allows more light to reflect within the diamond in turn giving it more life and brilliance.
Where the Princess cut’s pointed corners need particular care when setting, to avoid damage – the angled corners of the radiant allow far more flexibility in setting options.
Radiants have a tendency to make color appear stronger in a diamond, this calls for extra caution if a white diamond is what you desire. This quality is used to its advantage when dealing with fancy colored diamonds, and it in fact maximizes their color. A light yellow diamond in the S-Z range may sometimes be cut with the Radiant shape, and allow it to be placed in the fancy yellow classification.
Optimal Length to width ratios* for Radiant Diamonds:
When choosing a square radiant, between 1.0 – 1.05.
For a rectangular shaped radiant, a ratio of 1.1 and greater will be best.
*Length to width Ratio is the proportion of the diamond’s top to bottom measurement compared to side to side – this will affect how you see the diamond when looking down at it.
In their day, Ben Affleck presented Jennifer Lopez with a six carat; fancy pink, radiant diamond. Always the couple to lead trends, “Bennifer” chose sparkle, elegance and brilliance!
Stefano Nicoletti, Mazal Diamond Creative Director, 3rd generation in the business of what he calls – “the physical expression of love”, shares his thoughts.
The Radiant Shape Diamond has beautiful brilliance, and is often chosen as a gorgeous option for large, fancy colored diamonds.
I enjoy using radiants as eye-catching centre-pieces for pendants and necklaces.
As a ring choice, a radiant diamond, in a prong setting, flanked by a trilliant shaped diamond on either side, unique and beautiful!
Learn about other Dazzling Diamond Shapes
Unique Elegance .. Oval Shaped Diamond
Grace & Elegance .. Marquise Shaped Diamond
Delicate & Sophisticated .. Pear Shaped Diamond
Glamorous & Star Studded .. Emerald Cut
Stylish & Striking .. Asscher Cut
Modern yet Traditional .. Cushion Shaped Diamond
Love & Romance .. Heart Shaped Diamond
The Ultimate Accent .. Baguette Cut
Bold Side Stones .. Shield & Kite Shaped Diamonds
Modern Side Stones .. Trapezoid Shaped Diamonds
Fancy Side Stones .. Crescent & Half Moon Shaped Diamonds
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