All There is to Know About Round Diamonds

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Hey there, it’s Ira Weissman and Mike Fried, the Diamond Pros. Today we will be talking about the most popular shape for diamonds; round cuts. Calling round cut diamonds, the most popular shape isn’t doing them justice. Almost 70% of all diamonds sold are round.

The modern round brilliant cut diamond has been around for one hundred years. Marcel Tolkowsky is acknowledged as the inventor of the modern brilliant cut in 1919. A round diamond has 58 surfaces, or facets, that refract light and create the fantastic brilliance and sparkle that diamonds are so famous for.

Round diamonds have become so popular for two major reasons. The first reason is that the round shape is the most brilliant way to cut the diamond. All else being equal, a round diamond will sparkle more than any other shape.

Another reason they are so popular is their versatility when it comes to mounting it in a setting. Some shapes look better naturally in specific settings. A cushion cut looks great in a halo, oval cuts are fantastic for three stone rings. Round diamonds, due to their perfect symmetry and lack of corners, will look fantastic in virtually any style ring.

So what should you look for when buying a round diamond? Well, first off would be cut. We just talked for the last minute about how brilliant round diamonds are. You lose all of that brilliance if they are poorly cut. Stick with an excellent or ideal cut round diamond to ensure maximum brilliance.

Because a round diamond refracts light so well, the yellowish color inherent in most diamonds is not as noticeable as it is in other shapes. We normally recommend an H color for other shapes, but depending on the setting you can drop down to J or even K when purchasing a round diamond.

The same holds true for clarity. Round diamonds have a knack for hiding imperfections better than most shapes. Just be sure to find a diamond where there are no noticeable inclusions under the table. Take a look at this SI1 clarity diamond for example. The inclusion smacks you in the face when you look at it. Now look at this SI2 clarity diamond. Despite it being a lower grade, the diamond is eye-clean and a much better choice for you, the consumer.

If you have any other questions, or would like some help picking out the perfect diamond ring, feel free to contact us. One of our diamond consultants will be happy to help you find the perfect engagement ring.

Once again, it’s Ira and Mike, the Diamond Pros. Thanks for watching.