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Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Guide

The round brilliant diamond accounts for more than two-thirds of diamond sales

around the world. Hi, I'm Brian with B2C Jewels. Let's explore this phenomenon and

learn a little bit about round brilliant diamonds. As the name suggests, round

diamonds are circular in shape. They're instantly recognizable and what

most people visualize when they think of a diamond. Round diamonds are of course a

very popular choice for engagement rings. But they're also in high demand for

pendants, earrings, bracelets, watches and more. One of the reasons for their

popularity is their brilliant sparkle. The singular unique sparkle of a round

brilliant diamond is due to the way the facets have been cut.

Facets are the

flat polished surfaces on a diamond. These facets reflect light throughout the

diamond and make it sparkle. Different diamond shapes have different numbers

and arrangements of facets but the modern round brilliant has 57 or 58

facets, giving it its brilliance. All diamonds depend on the facet proportions

for light performance but none more so than the round brilliant.

The proportion

and symmetry of the facet plays an important role in how a diamond sparkles.

A well cut diamond will reflect the most amount of light in the most ways

resulting in the best light performance. A well-cut diamond also shines from edge

to edge, making it appear bigger that is similar diamond with poor cut. To know

more about cut in detail, check out our video on diamond cut. Let's look at the

other Cs of a round brilliant diamond. Color preference varies quite a bit for

person to person. Some prefer the icy whiteness of high

color grades while some prefer the slight warmth of color grades like K and

L. I've explained color in our video guide to diamond color.

So be sure to check that. For simplicity, just know that distinguishing a near

colorless diamond from a colorless diamond is very difficult

and the right choice can save you a tremendous amount of money. As far as

clarity goes the round brilliant diamond can be quite forgiving the flaws or

inclusions. My tip is to choose a diamond with eye-clean clarity. Eye-clean diamonds

are those whose flaws are not visible to the naked eye without magnification. If

you stick to GIA-graded VS2 or higher, you will likely be just fine. While the 4Cs

are important to consider while choosing a round brilliant diamond,

I think the timeless appeal of these diamonds is also a factor. They never go

out of style and they work for any occasion. Whether your style is vintage,

art deco or modern, the round brilliant fits the bill. If you enjoyed watching

this video, check our channel to see more videos about diamonds and engagement

rings.