Radiant cut was introduced by Henry Grossbard in the year of 1977. It is a hybrid cut which carries the brilliance of round brilliant cut and the elegant structure of emerald cuts. Many fancy diamonds are cut in this shape. Pink and yellow diamonds are predominantly cut in this shape.
These diamonds can be rectangular or square in shape. This cut might not be as popular as the round cut diamond but it is preferred by many connoisseurs due to the unique shape and cut.
Radiant cut diamonds introduced the concept of branded fancy cut diamonds. Born only 40 years ago, it was the first non-round shape which had a complete brilliant facet pattern for both pavilion and the crown. This cut is known for having the kaleidoscopic effect as this has more reflecting points for light than any other cut of diamond cut.
Radiant cut diamond has square or rectangular shape and the corners are cut. It is a patented cut with 70 facets and often mistakenly called a Princess cut with cropped corners or Quadrillions.
The cut corners are the distinguishing factor for this particular cut. The cut corners also help the diamond to glow more brilliantly. These diamonds can be used for solitaires but they are mostly used as the centre stone for pendants and rings. When set with trapezoid, half-moon or the brilliant cut shoulder stones, they simply look stunning.
Colour grade is an important factor to consider when choosing this cut as any grade below J can cause colour accumulation issue at the corners.
Whether a radiant cut diamond will be square or rectangular depends on personal preference. A square shaped stone will have a 1:1 length to width ratio while a rectangular shaped diamond can easily have a 3:2 or 6:5 length to width ratio.
The colour rating and the clarity factor of a radiant cut stone is important factor to consider as they carry a large facet. This cut isn't known for concealing flaws and inclusions so a radiant cut stone must be of high quality and have as few imperfections as possible.
Radiant cut diamonds are perfect for wedding rings, anniversary bands and engagement rings as well as high value pendants. You can consider the cushion cut diamonds if you like a square or rectangular cut. Emerald cut, Asscher cut and the Princess cut are some other cuts which you can consider.