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Round cut diamonds are timeless and classy. Round is also the most popular shape among diamond enthusiasts. The shape is so popular that round diamonds make up about 60 to 70% of the entire diamond market’s stock. Thus, round diamonds are more expensive than the rest.
Round diamonds exhibit the most brilliance. Marcel Tolkowsky saw this in the 1900s when he increased the number of facets to 58. When cut perfectly, these many facets optimize light refraction and reflection.
Pros of Round Diamonds
Exceptional brilliance and fire are the major advantages of round diamonds. They are flashy and guaranteed to attract anyone’s attention. Unsurprisingly, round diamonds are the top choice for engagement and wedding rings.
Natural diamonds often feature minor flaws that add to their uniqueness. However, most people do not appreciate or like these flaws. Thankfully, round diamonds' brilliance and luster help mask these flaws. To this end, lower-quality round diamonds look just as good as higher-quality diamonds cut into other shapes.
The brilliance and luster of round diamonds allow compatibility with a wide range of metals, colors, and styles. The cut pairs well with white rose and yellow gold metals. Lately, stylists have devised creative ways of mounting the stones on platinum, tungsten, and wooden engagement ring settings.
- Smooth Corners
As mentioned, round diamonds have 58 facets. Unlike other cuts, such as emeralds, these diamonds have smooth, rounded edges that make them less prone to chipping and other minor inconveniences.
The smooth corners also make round diamonds compatible with a variety of settings. You can get the prong or bezel of your choice. They also go well with a tension setting for a unique appearance.
Cons of Round Diamonds
A lot of work goes into cutting and shaping a round diamond. They are costlier than diamonds of other shapes. However, they are well worth every penny in glamor and convenience.
- Mostly Small
It takes many cuts to get 58 facets on a diamond. A stone loses up to 50% of its size and mass in cutting. Hence, finding a large-carat round diamond is difficult–even; if you do, it will be stupidly expensive.