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The Complete Guide to Radiant-Cut Engagement Rings

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What Exactly Is the Radiant Cut?

The radiant cut combines the emerald cut's silhouette with the brilliance (aka, sparkle) of the round cut. It is available in square and rectangular shapes, with 70 facets, and its corners are beveled to reduce chipping.

When choosing a radiant-cut diamond, look for a well-centered cullet, parallel sides, and corners that are cut to the same size. If all of these conditions are met, the diamond's brilliance will shine through.

Pros and Cons of a Radiant-Cut Engagement Ring

The radiant cut has a natural radiance and does not require any additional embellishments to shine. Because of its emerald-cut roots, it maintains a sleek, clean figure despite being bold. Furthermore, because this shape has defined corners, the stone is less likely to chip or scratch during normal wear.

However, there are a few drawbacks to the stone. Radiant-cut diamonds have a lot of depth and carry the majority of their weight beneath the stone. This can reduce the diamond's brilliance, so if you want more radiance, increase the size. The depth of these stones also means that the ring setting must withstand the weight of the diamond, which raises the price.

What to Look for in a Radiant-Cut Ring

  • What distinguishes a high-quality radiant-cut diamond?

    Once you've decided on a square or rectangular shape, make sure the ratio is optimal. The ideal ratio for a traditional rectangular-shaped radiant is 1.25, but any value between 1.20 and 1.30 will suffice. A ratio of 1.00-1.03 is ideal for a square-shaped radiant-cut.

  • What are the best settings for radiant cut diamonds?

    If shine is your goal, an open-prong setting will most likely provide superior light interaction. If you want to add a diamond halo or set your radiant with fancy-shaped side stones, such as trillions, consider adding a diamond halo.

    How comfortable is it to wear? This cut is very versatile and produces a diamond that is suitable for everyday wear. If you choose a larger radiant cut diamond, consider a setting with six prongs or a bezel for maximum security.

How to Look After a Radiant-Cut Diamond Ring

The importance of treating your diamond like any other piece of fine jewelry, which starts with cleaning your ring on a regular basis. I recommend soaking your ring in a simple solution of warm water and liquid soap every few weeks to break down the inevitable buildup of dirt and oils. Scrub gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush, then rinse and pat dry. Abrasive chemicals and ultrasonic cleaners should be avoided because they will cause more harm than good.

It's also important to know when to remove it, such as when going to the beach, working out at the gym, or doing chores like gardening or cleaning. You should also check the prongs and settings on a regular basis to ensure they haven't loosened or chipped. A good rule of thumb is to take it to your jeweler if you shake it and hear the diamond clinking against the setting.

Finally, think about insuring your ring. You'll want to know that your engagement ring is covered in the event of loss, theft, damage, or even disappearance, whether you add it to your existing homeowners or renters insurance or secure a personal jewelry insurance policy.

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