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The round brilliant cut is the most popular cut of Diamond. But where did it originate?

You’ve probably all heard of the ‘round brilliant’ cut before - the most sort-after cut of diamond available on the market today. But what exactly makes it so special? In this article, we’re going ‘behind the design,’ and delving deeper into what makes the round brilliant cut diamond quite so… brilliant. 

Representing around 75% of the diamonds sold on the engagement ring market, round brilliant cut diamonds represent the classic image of a diamond people would generally think of when they picture this illustrious gemstone. And that’s no accident! This cut of diamond really is stunning. It comes as no surprise that the round brilliant diamond is the most popular.

The Round Cut

Firstly, it’s important to note that just because a diamond is ‘round,’ does not mean that it is a brilliant cut. The ‘brilliance’ of the cut comes from the number of facets (how many ‘faces’) the diamond has. The more facets, the more the diamond can reflect white light - making it appear more resplendent and sparkly. 

But where exactly did this cut of diamond originate? Boasting a huge 58 facets - including the culet - the round brilliant cut has a classic, uniformed shape. It is often described to resemble two pyramids placed back-to-back. This modern cut has been the result of centuries of theoretical and technological advancements over centuries. 

It was first created in the 17th century, but it wasn’t really until technology caught up with the industry that allowed for this diamond to really show it’s worth and prominence. As such, hundreds of years later, the first diamond cutting saw was created. Then, combined with the finite precision of computer technology, diamonds can be cut to exact mathematical symmetry, resulting in a truly beautiful cut. This is the round brilliant cut you recognise today.

How Expensive Is The Round Brilliant Cut Diamond

It goes without saying that it's shape is what everyone would describe as a classic diamond. Although, we cannot put an exact price on this diamond because there are many different cuts and sizes available. What we can say, however, is the round brilliant cut diamond is the most expensive and sought after diamond on the market today. But what makes it so expensive? And it's not just because its the most in-demand.

The 'round brilliant' diamond has the most facets our of any cut available, as we mentioned earlier, being an astonishing 58 facets! Cutting a diamond into this shape not only requires more precise work, but it also requires the most raw material. Other shapes can get away with using less material.

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