Did you know that the process of choosing a diamond is more complex than most people think it is? With the plethora of misinformation out there, it is very easy for someone new to get overwhelmed.
In a way, I’m glad you ended up at Beyond4cs.com as this is the most comprehensive tutorial database you’ll ever find about buying engagement rings.
In this section of the website, you will learn how to select the best round diamond your budget allows and make rational choices based on tangible data.
Before we continue further, you need to have a basic understanding of “four C’s” of diamonds – cut, carat, clarity and color. If you haven’t read them yet, I recommend that you head over to the respective sections and return here once you are done.
The round diamond is the undisputed king of brilliant cuts. With 57 carefully placed facets, every round diamond that is polished from a rough crystal has the potential to becoming a jewelry masterpiece.
The ideal cut round brilliant was developed in the early 1900s by a Mathematician called Marcel Tolkowsky and it quickly became the most popular shape in the industry. Even in today’s market, the popularity of round diamonds hasn’t waned. In fact, more than 70% of the diamonds sold worldwide are round brilliant cuts, and for good reasons.
They are universal choices when it comes to jewelry design due to their versatility and shape appeal. More importantly, when a round diamond is cut to ideal proportions, it can achieve the greatest amount of brilliance and light dispersion properties compared to any other shapes.
Did you know that the social perception of diamonds as symbols of love and objects of desire didn’t always existed? Well, we have De Beers to thank for this and the history can be traced way back to clever marketing campaigns created in 1947. In fact, you probably had heard about the most well-known advertising slogan of the 20th century: “A Diamond is Forever.”
In a recent poll performed on young and middle-aged females, it was found that most women across different cultures (sorry, ladies!) want a diamond ring from their partner during a proposal. If the person you are in love with belongs to this group of people, a beautiful white gold ring with a nice round diamond would be your best bet for finding success in a proposal.
Sometimes, you might hear people describe a round diamond as a 57 facet cut while sometimes, other people may say that it has 58 facets. So, who is right and who is wrong?
Well, it turns out that they are actually referring to the same thing. Most modern round diamonds are comprised of 57 facets. This can be broken down into the following:
1 table facet
8 star facets
8 crown facets
16 upper girdle facets
16 lower girdle facets
8 pavilion main facets
If a culet (pointed tip had been polished to a flat surface) is present, this adds an additional surface which makes it a total of 58 (57+1) facets. If you see the following culet descriptions on your grading report: “None” or “Pointed”, it means that the diamond only has 57 facets.
On the next page, I’m going to reveal guidelines for the various types of proportions to look out for. With this set of proportions as your primary filter, it will help you drastically reduce the amount of initial diamond choices by weeding out all the poorly cut ones.