‘Radiant Cut Diamond’ Category

Radiant or Cushion Cut: Which Is Right for Me?

Posted on December 16th, 2015

After the detailed process of sorting through a vast collection of diamonds, you’ve finally settled on two cuts. They have a similar look and style, but the jeweler informs you that one is a cushion cut and the other is a radiant cut. You take another moment to inspect both pieces and find yourself stumped in regards to which you should choose.2777-5

In the search for diamonds, the choice between a cushion cut and radiant cut is a common dilemma. At first glance, their marked similarities are enough to confuse a novice eye. Luckily, there are several distinctions that make it easier to tell the two cuts apart. Having a clear understanding of their unique features will help you to get the best value from your purchase.

The Fundamentals

The overall shape of both radiant cut and cushion cut stones is the most substantial similarity the pieces share. However, both cuts have distinct differences in appearance. A radiant cut diamond is known for its angular corners, characterized by a straight lines around its edges. The cushion cut is a bit more round, with its shape resembling a fusion between a rectangle, or a square and a circle together. You’ll also find that the center facets of both stones are not as transparent as other cuts

The radiant and cushion cuts are categorized as brilliant cuts, which means they display a cutting style composed of triangular and kite-shaped facets radiating from the center outward. The cushion cut diamond dates back to the 1830s. Its standard 58 facets aid in its characteristically pillow-like shape. Created in 1977, the radiant cut diamond contains 70 facets. The distinctive sparkle of a radiant cut diamond is sometimes described as having the appearance of crushed ice. They also tend to be more forgiving of inclusions, exhibiting a higherclarity. It’s important to note that some modern cushion cuts are created with hard-to-discern facets, resulting in a similar “crushed ice” appearance.

The Decision

Choosing between the two cuts is essentially a matter of preference. Many diamond connoisseurs enjoy the classic appeal of the cushion cut while the vibrant fire and sparkle of a radiant cut is a draw for others. The best way to make your decision is to try on a piece that suits your taste on your ring finger and see how its beauty perfectly compliments your hand.

The Four Ways Color is Described in Sapphire Engagement Rings

Posted on November 21st, 2015

Since Princess Kate wore a sapphire engagement ring before marrying Prince William, the deep blue stone has become more popular year after year. Sapphires are gorgeous, and when it comes to hardness, these gemstones are second to the diamond. Before choosing a sapphire, however, it is important to understand how sapphires are evaluated based on color. Here are four things to look for when choosing a sapphire engagement ring:1.80ct Asscher Cut Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

The Hue of the Sapphire

Most people know the stunning blue color associated with sapphires, but this gemstone is available in all of the colors of the rainbow. The hue of the sapphire is the term that gemologists use to describe the actual color of the stone. The hue of many sapphires is blue, for instance, but a gemologist may also share a secondary color such as yellowish orange or bluish green.5.35ct Cushion Cut Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

The Tone of the Sapphire

Another aspect of a sapphire’s color is its tone. Gemologists use the term tone to describe how dark or light the sapphire is. Tone is an important factor when it comes to determining the value of a sapphire, and stones that are too dark or light are valued lower than their medium-colored counterparts. Since not all sapphires are naturally medium in tone, they may be heat treated in order to darken or lighten the gemstone.3.18ct Round Brilliant Cut Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

The Saturation of the Sapphire

The third way to describe the color of a sapphire is the saturation of the gemstone. This refers to how intense the color is. To determine the saturation, a gemologist must use a saturation modifier. In sapphires that are green, violet or blue, for instance, a gray modifier is usually used, but in pink, yellow or orange sapphires, a brown modifier is used. You’re able to see the modifying color when saturation is low, which is when you’ll notice hints of brown or grey. Saturation is another vital element that contributes to the value of a sapphire.

The Cut of the Sapphire

3998-5Since the cut of a gemstone affects the color, gemologists use this element to bring out the brilliance and color of the stone. There are a number of cuts that can bring out the color of a sapphire, such as a radiant cut. The cut will also affect the brilliance and luster of the gemstone.

Though there are other aspects to consider before buying a sapphire, most consumers are concerned with the most important feature of the gemstone, the eye-catching, breathtaking color.

Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Rings in any Cut You Desire

Posted on June 28th, 2015

Fancy color diamond engagement rings are valued due to the unique color they possess, most often found in yellow. Fancy colored diamonds are assessed based on three particular characteristics of color: hue, tone and saturation. Once the assessments are completed, then the colored diamonds are provided a grade on the actual color scale, with descriptions such as “fancy light” and “fancy intense”. Fancy yellow diamonds are naturally created by high temperatures and pressure applied to carbon atoms over millions of years; the yellow color is created when nitrogen is introduced into the formation process.1.35ct Fancy Yellow Heart Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe classic and romantic heart shaped engagement ring features a stone which is a modified round brilliant cut diamond fashioned to honor the universal symbol of love. It is crucial that each half of the heart stone you select is identical to the other and overall symmetry will be of great importance visually. The ideal weight of a heart shaped diamond should be greater than .50 carat since the outline of shape will be harder to perceive in a smaller stone. If you choose the heart shaped diamond for an engagement ring or anniversary ring, keep in mind that the larger stones will require a four-prong setting.4.01ct Fancy Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandA bold and sophisticated oval cut diamond engagement ring showcases a stone that is a modification of the round brilliant cut diamond; both cuts being created by a family of jewelers dating back to the early 1800s. The oval was created in the late 1950s by Lazare Kaplan, whose cousin, Marcel Tolkowsky is the father of the modern round brilliant cut diamond. Your oval will typically have 58 facets, inclusive of the table (large flat top facet) and culet (lowest pavilion facet). An ideal length-to-width ratio of the finished stone will be between 1.33:1 and 1.66:1. Individual taste should prevail when choosing a slender or full-bodied oval shape. 1.74ct Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThere are typically 70 facets and angled corners in the fiery radiant cut diamond. The larger number of facets can help to conceal inclusions, flaws, dark areas and shadows. The inherent brilliance can make a high-quality stone appear to have better color than the same diamond with a different cut. The radiant maximizes color, making it an excellent choice for fancy colored diamond rings.

The Beautiful Brilliance of Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

Radiant cut diamond engagement rings couple the clarity and clean lines of an emerald cut with the brilliance of a round cut.  This relatively new cut created in 1970 was three decades of work of Henry Grossbard.  Not only were the shapes combined, but the cutting styles were also merged.  The radiant cut utilizes the brilliant cut of the round and the step cut used in emerald and Asscher cuts.  Though similar to the sparkling fire of a princess cut engagement ring, the radiant has a circular as opposed to linear life of the princess.  The radiant also has truncated corners, where the corners of the princess remain intact.  This stone is very deep to accommodate the facet work needed to create the brilliance of the stone.

2.29ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

2.29ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring2.29ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Angled TallIt starts with the beautiful one carat radiant cut diamond poised in the center. It is EGL certified, one of the leaders in diamond grading, at I-SI1. It is eye clean in clarity and nearly colorless. This uniquely shaped ring is accented by a row of baguette cut diamonds channel set in between two rows of round diamonds in a pavé setting.  Fine milgrain details accent the fine edges throughout.

2.77ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

2.77ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring2.77ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Tall AngleThe 2.02ct radiant cut center diamond is GIA certified at E-SI1. The center stone is exceptionally white and the large rectangular look sparkles with amazing brilliance.  Round cut diamonds surround the center beauty in a halo setting and it is accented by round brilliants set down the sides in a micropavé setting. The center basket is studded with round diamonds as well.

3.52ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

3.52ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring 3.52ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Tall SideThe 2.02ct radiant cut center diamond is GIA certified at F-VS2. It is exceptionally white in color with amazing clarity.  This three stone ring accents the center stone with two large brilliant cut trapezoids (four sides) flanked on its sides. The shank is pavé set with round diamonds on all three sides and there are beautiful engravings and milgrain details throughout as well.

If you desire a fiery and brilliant stone with a unique shape and affordable price, radiant cut diamond engagement rings are an ideal option.  The unique facets of this diamond match nicely with other cuts and you are sure to find the perfect match in a square or rectangular shape.  Mark Broumand only selects the highest quality radiant cut diamonds for the best price for use in his custom designs or for his collection of engagement rings.

Fire in Ice – The Radiant Cut Engagement Ring

Posted on February 18th, 2015

If you desire the brilliance of a round cut in a square or rectangular shape, the radiant cut diamond engagement rings from Mark Broumand are the answer to what you have been searching for.   The radiant was a result of three decades of Henry Grossbard’s master craftsmanship, combining the linear facets such as those found in the emerald or asscher with the brilliance found in the round.

Your radiant cut diamond will be square to rectangular in shape with a circular life and angled corners.  Grossbard’s “brilliantized step cut” technique creates 70 facets on the stone: 25 on the crown, 8 on the girdle and 37 pavilion facets.  The diamond will have a depth of 60-80% and may appear smaller per carat when viewed from above than other shapes with greater width, such as the heart or pear shapes.

4.63ct Radiant Cut Diamond Ring

The amazing 3.03ct radiant cut diamond in the center of this custom crafted platinum ring is GIA certified at J-VVS2, is nearly flawless in clarity and the cut is breathtaking!

4.63ct Radiant Cut Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

It is beautifully complimented by two large shield cut diamonds and a row of round diamonds set down the sides in a micropavé setting.

2.25ct Radiant Cut Engagement Ring

The gorgeous 1.50ct radiant cut diamond poised in the center of this handcrafted halo style ring setting is GIA certified, at F-SI2. This stunning stone is exceptionally white and incredibly brilliant.  The cut is crisp and clean and it has a lustrous sparkle.

2.25ct Radiant Cut Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

It is surrounded by a halo of round brilliants that are also set down the shank in a micropavé setting.  Very little metal shows in this ring, just letting the diamonds shine through.

These are just two of the dazzling radiant cut engagement rings available in Mark Broumand’s portfolio.  If you love the Radiant but desire a bit of color, look into this cut in a colorful and bright fancy yellow diamond engagement ring.  Radiants are excellent in natural stones and also maximize the beautiful hues in fancy color diamonds.