WHAT IS RADIANT CUT?

Aside from giving the stone its shape, the cut of a diamond or gemstone determines a stones brilliance. Radiant cut is a deep cut perfect square with rounded edges and cut corners. Created in the 1970’s, radiant cuts have the brilliance of a round cut, a shape like an emerald cut, and between 53 and 70 facets for maximum sparkle.

Is Radiant Cut The Right Shape For You?

Radiant cut engagement rings naturally have a classic look because of their shape and brilliance. They’re most commonly seen in timeless styles like solitaire rings or, as the center stone in a three stone ring. A radiant cut gemstone or placing a rectangular radiant horizontally will give you a much more alternative look. Watch the video to learn more about designing rings with radiant cut stones.

BROWSE RADIANT CUT ENGAGEMENT RINGS

See some of the rings we’ve designed using radiant cuts to get inspired.

RADIANT CUT PROS AND CONS

Pros

  • Clipped corners mean less chance of chipping, snagging or breaking than a square cut
  • Can hide flaws and mask color in diamonds
  • More brilliance (or sparkle) than other stone shape
  • Less expensive than some other cuts

Cons

  • Can look smaller than other cuts of equal carat size because of its depth
  • More vulnerable to chipping, snagging, or breaking than a round or oval cut

WHO ARE RADIANT CUT RINGS RIGHT FOR?

Radiant cut engagement rings are a good choice if you want maximum sparkle in a square shape. Because there are no sharp corners, it’s a safe choice for active lifestyles or those that work with their hands or are rough on their jewelry. They’re not a good cut for someone who wants the most carat weight for their budget because the deep cut, but because radiant cuts are good at masking imperfections and color in diamonds, you may be able to get away with a larger stone with more imperceptible flaws than you would with other cuts.

Additional Resources

Halo Engagement Rings

So you’ve figured out your stone cut. Now, to halo or not to halo?

Engagement Ring Styles

Depending on your rings style, a round cut can go classic, vintage, or alternative.

7 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy an Engagement Ring

Become an expert with our free guide.

Ready to Start Designing?

We can work with you in-person at our studio or set up a video call to help you take the first step toward designing a ring. Design consultations are complementary and we’ll give you a quick call before your meeting to make sure we can help you.