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Radiant Cut Diamond

The Original Radiant Cut represents one very special man’s desire to combine the elegant shape of the emerald cut, with the brilliance of the round stone.

After thirty-three years of developing his craftsmanship, Henry Grossbard made his dream a reality he created the first Original Radiant Cut. Invented in 1977, this cut made squares hip again, enabling people to choose the stylish square or rectangular shape without compromising on brilliance.

 

The Original Radiant Cut Diamond: A “Brilliantized Step Cut”

Invented with the goal of maximizing the beauty of each diamond, only the Original Radiant Cut is cut to Mr. Grossbard’s exacting standards and artistic ideals. Often comparing his work to that of a sculptor, Mr. Grossbard possessed the rare ability to “see into the rough,” and envision his design before the first facet was cut. Backed by three generations of Grossbards, each of our diamonds is cut and evaluated with the same care and attention that the inventor gave to the first Radiant Cut.

 

The Round Diamond: A Brilliant Cut

With the determination of his immigrant experience, Mr. Grossbard not only envisioned a new cut, but developed a new style of cutting to accomplish his goal. He combined two cutting styles, the type used for round diamonds, and the one used for emerald cuts, into a hybrid “brilliantized step cut.” His creativity resulted in a diamond with the emerald cut shape and the sparkle of the most finely cut round diamond.

 

The Emerald Diamond: A Step Cut

Before Mr. Grossbard conceived of the Radiant Cut, all diamonds with straight edges, like the emerald cut, were faceted with long rectangular facets. This cutting style, called the “step cut” results in a diamond with a glassy appearance. Diamonds with rounded edges, like round diamonds, pear shapes, ovals, and marquises, are faceted with triangular facets. By creating a technique to combine these two cutting styles, Mr. Grossbard was able to release the natural brilliance of a straight edged diamond.

 

Original Light Reflections

When Henry Grossbard set out to create the Original Radiant Cut he was obsessed with light. As a craftsman, he fully understood that the beauty of a diamond results from the amount of light that enters it and returns to the eye, as well as the pattern of light reflection within the diamond.

Due to the new hybrid cutting style developed by Mr. Grossbard, the Original Radiant Cut design enables light to enter from many angles. It then reflects light in numerous ways within the diamond, before returning to the eye. For a square or rectangular shaped diamond, this was a revolutionary concept when Mr. Grossbard invented the Radiant Cut back in 1977.

Mr. Grossbard’s style of cutting gives our square and rectangular shaped diamonds an eye-catching “kaleidoscope” look of brilliance with more “points of light” reflected within the diamond than any other cut. Although others have tried to imitate Mr. Grossbard’s techniques, only the Original Radiant Cut is cut to his standards, giving tremendous scintillation and life to every one of our diamonds.

 

From Square to Rectangular

The Original Radiant Cut design includes a range of contemporary square and rectangular shaped diamonds. We offer our Original Radiant Cuts as square, “squarish,” “rectangularish,” or rectangular. This enables you to find an Original Radiant Cut that works best with a particular jewelry setting, with the shape of your hand, or one that just feels perfect for you.

From square to rectangular, no matter which shape you choose, the Original Radiant Cut will burst with fire and life like no other similar shaped diamond on the market.

ABOUT BLUFFY

Courtesy by Trine Lamm

Bluff diamonds, which are essentially diamonds that appear bigger and better than they actually are, have become quite the new trend.

They are the diamonds to buy when size matters but you will need to be willing to go on compromise with clarity and colour. But there are of course many different kinds of bluff diamonds. So what do you need to look for?

A bluff diamond will normally be SI (Slightly Included) or I (Included) in clarity. Remember, that when grading the diamond, the graders look at how many inclusions the diamond has, but not necessarily at where the inclusions are located. Look carefully at the diamond, you want to find a diamond where you cannot see the inclusions in the middle of the diamond. You don’t want a black spot right under the table facet (the biggest facet on the top of the diamond)

But diamonds graded SI or I can also have some smaller inclusions at the side of the diamond, and this is the diamond you want to buy. The goldsmith can always hide the inclusions when setting the diamond.

The colour of bluff diamonds, are also important. You don’t want a diamond which is too yellow or brownish, but you need to be willing to compromise on the colour of the diamond.  Look for a diamond which is graded J or K in colour, they are normally a little bit yellow, but it is hard to see without a whiter diamond one could use as a comparison to the bluff diamond. And if you set the diamond in yellow gold, it will hide the yellow colour of the diamond.

Another way to get a cheaper diamond, is to compromise on the certificate. Diamonds with a certificate from GIA or HRD tends to be more expensive than diamonds with certificates from IGI or other grading institutes. You will therefore be able to ask for a lower price if the diamond doesn’t have certificate from GIA or HRD. If the diamond doesn’t have a certificate at all, it will be much cheaper, as the quality of the diamond isn’t verified.

Another way to get a cheaper diamond, is to buy a diamond off size. This is essentially a diamond which is just below the magic price jumps, which are 1, 1,5 , 2, 2.5, 3,4,5 carats etc. So if you can find a diamond of 1.8 carats, the price per carat will be lower than the price per carat of a 2 carats diamond.

And finally, diamonds in a fancy shape are cheaper than round brilliants. Normally you will get a fancy shaped diamond 10-15 percent cheaper than a round brilliant cut diamond. Fancy shapes are ovals, marquise, cushion, radiant etc. Don’t go for an emerald cut; it is almost impossible to hide inclusions in an emerald cut diamond.

The “perfect” bluff diamond is a big oval diamond, SI3 in clarity, J colour and of a 1.8 carat, with a good cut. The cut can also make the diamond look bigger than it is; if it is cut wider than normally recommended, it will look bigger than it actually is. Remember that the carat, is the actual weight of the diamond.

When buying bluff diamonds, you need to be critical, but willing to compromise. Look for a beautiful diamond, with sparkle, brilliance and fire. You need to think that the diamond is beautiful, and that you only see the beauty instead of the flaws. Then you will love it forever.

 

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