WHAT IS ROUND CUT?

Aside from giving the stone its shape, the cut of a diamond or gemstone determines a stones brilliance. Not all round shaped stones are round cut though; round cuts are specially cut with 58 facets to maximize light reflection or brilliance and are also called round brilliant cuts. This cut was created in 1919 and is the most popular cut by far, accounting for over half of all engagement rings feature round brilliant cut diamonds, and the majority in the solitaire style. Other non-brilliant, round shaped styles include rose cut and old mine cut.

What You Should Know About Round Cuts

Iconic and timeless, round cut engagement rings are the most classic and popular shape by far. From a design standpoint, a round brilliant diamond solitaire ring is the quintessential engagement ring, but when paired with an unconventional thick band or by swapping out a diamond for a colored gemstone, round cuts are versatile enough to make for a completely alternative look. Watch the video to learn more about round cut engagement rings.

BROWSE ROUND CUT ENGAGEMENT RINGS

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

ROUND CUT PROS AND CONS

Pros

  • More brilliance (or sparkle) than any other stone shape
  • Can hide flaws and mask color in diamonds
  • It’s the most popular cut by far and is what most people picture for an engagement ring
  • Easier to source than other cuts because of consistent demand
  • No sharp edges means less chance of chipping, snagging or breaking

Cons

  • Round cut diamonds are the most expensive shape
  • If you want a very unconventional look, you may want to use a less popular cut

WHO ARE ROUND CUT ENGAGEMENT RINGS RIGHT FOR?

If you want a safe bet on an engagement ring that will remain timeless, a round cut is your best bet. It’s the most popular engagement ring cut for a reason: it’s the most brilliant and sparkling cut, it hides flaws and imperfections in a stone, and it’s great for active lifestyles because there are no sharp edges.It may not be the best choice for those who want the most carat weight for their budget as round cuts tends to be the most expensive shape.

Additional Resources

Halo Engagement Rings

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Engagement Ring Styles

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