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.