The Love Affair With the Round Brilliant Cut Engagement Ring
In other blog posts, the popularity of cushion and oval cut diamonds has been discussed and a lot of popular LA celebrities have been spotted with a variety of beautiful engagement rings. Blake Lively has a lovely rose gold oval cut engagement ring and Wiz Khalifa gave the same diamond cut to Amber Rose. Molly Sims, Miley Cyrus, and Jennifer Garner all have beautiful cushion cut engagement rings. Now, it’s time to turn your focus to the traditional and enduring beauty of the round brilliant cut engagement ring.
Shape and Cut
The first step in understanding why the round engagement ring, or the solitaire diamond, is so classically popular is recognizing why the shape is important. At this point, you must understand that cut and shape, although often used interchangeably, are two different things. The shape (round, oval, marquise) is the actual shape of the stone. The cut describes the dimensions and how many facets the stone has. It is easier to get a fine cut on some shapes than others.
There are two types of cuts: brilliant and step. The round brilliant cut diamond has 58 facets that reflect the light, reaching an unrivaled level of brilliance. This glittery excellence is one of the main reasons people love the round engagement ring, whether it’s a solitaire or bordered by other delicate diamonds. Step cuts can be beautiful, but don’t deliver the same sparkle and brilliance.
Another compelling reason for shoppers to choose a round brilliant cut diamond is the large variety of setting options. If you’re looking for a pre-made setting, but still want something unique, the round stone is the way to go. The prong setting is most common, but you could also opt for a Tiffany, bezel, tension, channel, pavé, halo, cathedral, bar, flush (or gypsy), three-stone, vintage, cluster, shank/split-shank, or eternity band. That’s a lot of options!
Finally, round cuts are least vulnerable to damage and loss. Of course, this is a big consideration for many shoppers. If you’re in the market for an engagement ring, consider the brilliance, versatility, and security of the round brilliant cut engagement ring. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its excellence.