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Collection: Emerald Radiant Cut Engagement Rings

The radiant cut, with its brilliant faceting, exudes a captivating blend of classic elegance and modern sparkle. Explore our radiant cut engagement ring collection where sophistication meets contemporary allure.

All of these designs can be set with the emerald radiant cut gemstone. 

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Emerald Radiant Diamond Engagement Rings

The radiant cut diamond was created by a master diamond cutter named Henry Grossbard and dates back to the 1970s. Grossbard sought to design a cut that combined the brilliance of a round brilliant cut with the shape of an emerald cut.

The radiant cut was specifically created to maximise the diamond's brilliance and light performance. It features a rectangular or square shape with trimmed corners and a series of 70 facets – a combination of brilliant and step-cut facets. The brilliant facets help enhance the diamond's sparkle, while the step-cut facets provide a "hall of mirrors" effect.

Initially, the radiant cut faced some challenges in gaining popularity, as it was overshadowed by the popularity of the round brilliant and princess cuts. However, over time, its unique blend of brilliance and shape started to gain recognition, and it became more prevalent in the diamond market.

Today, the radiant cut is a popular choice for engagement rings and other jewellery pieces due to its versatility, sparkle, and durability. It offers a unique alternative to more traditional diamond shapes. Despite its relatively young age compared to other cuts, the radiant cut has gained a significant following and continues to be a sought-after choice for those in the market looking for something a bit different.

An emerald radiant cut diamond can be a stunning choice for an engagement ring, offering a balance of classic elegance and modern brilliance. It is a unique and eye-catching alternative to traditional diamond shapes.

These are just a few examples of celebrities who have chosen a radiant cut diamond for their engagement rings. The radiant cut's brilliance and unique shape make it a popular choice among many couples, including celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Khloe Kardashian, Kelly Clarkson, Naya Rivera and Natalie Portman. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose an emerald radiant diamond?

With timeless simplicity, the rectangular emerald cut stands out from all other diamond cuts. The radiant cut is particularly spectacular, with mesmerising fire. Emerald radiant engagement rings flatter the hand and award the wearer with ultimate elegance.

There are several benefits of the radiant cut diamond:

1. Sparkle and brilliance: Radiant cut diamonds are known for their exceptional sparkle and brilliance. The cut incorporates both brilliant and step-cut facets, which maximise the stone's ability to reflect light.

2. Versatility: The radiant cut is a versatile shape that suits a variety of jewellery styles, including engagement rings, earrings, and pendants. It can be set in a simple solitaire setting or surrounded by smaller accent stones.

3. Soft edges: Unlike other square or rectangular cuts, the radiant cut features soft and rounded corners. This design element not only adds elegance but also reduces the risk of chipping or damage to the corners of the stone.

4. Size appearance: Due to their unique cut, radiant diamonds tend to look larger than other shapes of the same carat weight. The faceting pattern of the cut maximises the diamond's surface area, making it appear larger and more impressive.

5. Colour and clarity: The radiant cut can help mask minor colour and clarity imperfections in the diamond. The facets and brilliance of the cut can minimise the visibility of any inclusions or colour tints, allowing for a beautiful stone even with lower colour or clarity grades.

6. Rare and unique: While round brilliant and princess cut diamonds are more common, radiant cut diamonds are relatively less common, making them a unique choice for those seeking something more distinctive.

8. Fancy colours: Radiant cut diamonds are often found in fancy colours, such as yellow, pink, or blue. These coloured diamonds can add a pop of colour and uniqueness to jewellery pieces.

What’s the difference between emerald cut diamonds and emerald radiant cut diamonds? 

An emerald radiant cut diamond refers to a specific shape and cut of a diamond. The term "emerald radiant" is a combination of two diamond cuts: the emerald cut and the radiant cut.

The emerald cut is a rectangular or square shape with step-like facets that create a "hall of mirrors" effect. It has clean lines and emphasises clarity rather than sparkle. The radiant cut, on the other hand, is a rectangular or square shape with brilliant style facets that create significant sparkle and brilliance.

When these two cuts are combined, you get an emerald radiant cut diamond. It is a rectangular or square-shaped diamond with step-like facets on the pavilion (bottom) and brilliant style facets on the crown (top). This cut is designed to combine the elegance and clarity of the emerald cut with the brilliance and sparkle of the radiant cut.

Should I choose a radiant emerald cut or a standard “step cut” emerald diamond?

When it comes to choosing between a radiant emerald cut diamond and a traditional step cut emerald diamond, there are benefits of each:

Benefits of a radiant emerald cut diamond:

1. Sparkle and brilliance: emerald radiant cut diamonds are known for their exceptional sparkle and brilliance. The cut incorporates both brilliant and step-cut facets, which maximise the stone's ability to reflect light and create a dazzling display.

2. Versatility: The emerald radiant cut is a versatile shape that can suit various jewellery styles, including engagement rings, earrings, and pendants. It can be set in a simple solitaire setting or surrounded by smaller accent stones for added brilliance.

3. Size appearance: The emerald Radiant cut diamond tends to look larger compared to a step cut emerald diamond of the same carat weight. Its faceting pattern and overall shape maximise the diamond's surface area, making it appear larger and more impressive.

Benefits of a step cut emerald diamond:

1. Vintage appeal: Step cut emerald diamonds have a unique, vintage charm that can add a touch of old-world elegance to any piece of jewellery. Their large, open facets create a distinct and captivating look.

2. Clarity visibility: The step cut emerald diamond's larger, step-like facets allow for better clarity visibility compared to radiant cut emerald diamonds. Inclusions and imperfections may be more readily visible in a step cut emerald diamond, but the overall transparency and clarity can be appreciated.

3. Timeless beauty: Step cut emerald diamonds have been used for centuries and have a timeless beauty that is cherished by many. Their clean lines and elegant simplicity create a classic and sophisticated look.

Ultimately, the choice between a radiant emerald cut diamond and a traditional step cut emerald diamond comes down to personal preference. If you prefer a more modern and brilliant look, an emerald cut diamond may be the right choice for you. However, if you are drawn to the vintage charm and subtler sparkle of a traditional step cut emerald diamond, it could be the perfect option.

What’s the most ideal size ratio for an emerald radiant cut diamond? 

The length-to-width ratio is the proportion of the length of the diamond to its width. For an emerald radiant diamond, ratios between 1.00 to 1.25 typically result in a balanced and pleasing shape. A ratio less than 1.00 results in a more square-shaped diamond, while a ratio greater than 1.25 creates a more elongated rectangular shape.

What’s the recommended cut grade for an emerald radiant diamond? 

When it comes to the cut grade for an Emerald Radiant diamond, it can be a bit subjective as there are no standardised cut grades specifically for emerald radiant diamonds. However, there are some general guidelines to consider:

1. Symmetry: Look for a diamond with good symmetry, as it affects the overall visual appeal of the stone. A well-cut diamond will have symmetrical and balanced facets, ensuring maximum sparkle and brilliance.

2. Proportions: Consider the overall proportions of the diamond. Ideally, the length-to-width ratio should be within a range that pleases your aesthetic preferences. The diamond should also have well-defined corners and edges, giving it a clean and crisp look.

3. Faceting: Pay attention to the faceting pattern of the diamond. Radiant cuts typically feature a combination of brilliant and step-cut facets. The balance between these facets should be well-executed, allowing for maximum light return and sparkle.

4. Overall appearance: It's essential to examine the diamond in person or through detailed images and videos to ensure that it has a pleasing appearance. The facets should reflect light evenly and create a dazzling display.

Given the lack of specific cut grades for Emerald Radiant diamonds, it's essential to work with a reputable jeweller who can provide accurate and knowledgeable guidance. Our expert team at Ethica can help you assess the cut quality and provide you with options that meet your preferences and budget. 

Is an emerald radiant cut diamond cheaper than a classic step cut emerald diamond? 

When comparing the cost of an emerald radiant cut diamond and a step cut emerald diamond, several factors come into play:

1. Rarity and demand: Generally, Emerald Radiant cut diamonds tend to be more popular and in higher demand compared to step cut emerald diamonds. As a result, the price of Emerald Radiant cut diamonds can be higher due to market demands.

2. Cutting complexity: Both Emerald Radiant cut diamonds and step cut Emerald diamonds require special expertise and precision. However, the cutting process for a step cut Emerald diamond can be more challenging and time-consuming due to the nature of the emerald's geometric shape. This can translate to a higher cost for step cut Emerald diamonds.

3. Branding and reputation: The reputation and brand of the jeweller or diamond retailer can also impact the cost of both types of diamonds. Well-known brands or retailers may charge a premium for their diamonds, regardless of the cut.

4. Quality factors: The overall quality factors such as colour, clarity, and carat weight will also impact the cost of both emerald radiant cut diamonds and step cut emerald diamonds. Higher quality diamonds, regardless of the cut, will generally be more expensive.

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