It may be hard to believe but the radiant diamonds is a relatively young shape. In 1977, Henry Grossbard, a master diamond cutter, created a diamond that would combine the fascination of the emerald cut and the brilliance of the round, calling it the Radiant Cut Diamonds. Before 1977, there was not as many options for a rectangular shaped brilliant diamond. The radiant diamond has 70 facets and does not have to be rectangular. The radiant cut diamonds can be more square with a ratio of 1 to 1.05 or rectangular with a ratio about 1.3 - 1.5 to 1. Either way, this patented cut is very vivid. What makes this diamond different from all others is that the brilliant facet pattern has been cut into the crown and the pavilion. The nature of the facet arrangements makes it more difficult to see inclusions inside the diamond which makes it a perfect choice for the shopper on a budget. Because the diamond does have a patent on the cut, the diamond may be referred as a Cut-Cornered Square by some diamond grading laboratories like GIA or AGS. If the ratio is greater than 1.05 the diamond will be referred as a Rectangular Brilliant.
In Dallas, Texas we are seeing more requests for the rectangular radiant cuts than the square. The long look is very desirable and has tremendous sparkle. When design an engagement ring with a radiant cut, one popular method is to add a trilliant on either side of the radiant. A unique three stone look. The sharp style of the triangle pairs itself well with long look and cut corners of the radiant. Radiant cut diamonds have been used to make some amazing eternity bands as well. On average a radiant cut eternity band is 5 - 7 carats of diamonds around the finger. The radiant cut diamond is an excellent choice for earrings and pendants or whatever your jewelry needs may be.