Radiant Cut Diamonds

Radiant shape diamond

Square or Rectangular Cut Cornered Modified Brilliant

Radiant cuts are square or rectangular mixed cuts with angled corners.  Henry Grossbard patented the Radiant cut in the late 1970s, as a brilliant alternative to the Emerald cut.  Radiant cuts are often utilized to maximize color in fancy colored diamonds.  The nature of this cut aids in the concentration of color, and will sometimes push a light yellow diamond in the S-Z range into the fancy yellow category.  Radiants are categorized as Cut Cornered Modified Brilliant cuts by major diamond grading labs.

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Special Characteristics of Radiant Cut Diamonds

Because of the angled corners, Radiant cuts lack the setting issues of sharply cornered Princess cuts, which require extra care.

Size Matters

Like Princess cuts, Radiant cuts generally look smaller from the “face up” position than other diamond shapes of the same weight as a result of their different design. 

Basic Radiant Cut Guidelines courtesy of http://datlas.com/AGA_NAJA_Cut_Class_grader/index.php

CUT CLASSES

Class 1A

Class 1B

Class 2A

Class 2B

Class 3A

Class 3B

Class 4A

Class 4B

 

Ideal cut

Premium cut

International fine trade cut

US domestic average cut

below average

Table %

60-65.5%

59-68%

58-69.5%

57-72%

56-74%

53-76.%

50-78.%

>78%
<50%

Crown Height %

12-15.%

11-16%

10-16.5%

9-17.2%

8-18.0%

7-19.5%

6-20.5%

<6%
>20.5%

Girdle thickness
Word descriptions and percentages.

V. Thin to Sl. Thick
(0.4%-4.5%) or
Thin to Thick (1%-5.5%)

V.Thin to Thick(0.4%-5.5%)

Very Thin to Very Thick
(0.4% to 7.0%)

Extremely thin to
Extremely thick
(0.0% to >7.0%)

Total Depth %

60-65%

58-69%

57-74%

56-78%

53-80%

>80%
<53%

Polish/Symmetry
Not a primary determining factor.


Excellent to Good


Good or Fair


Poor to Fair

Square range
Length : Width ratios
Preferences only


0.95-1.05

Rectangular range
Length : Width ratios
Preferences only

1.5-1.75

1.49-1.26
1.76-1.99

> Class 3 < Class 3

Courtesy of D.S. Atlas, Accredited Gem Appraisers, © AGA 1998-2004

Radiant Cuts posted on Pricescope

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Threads with pictures of Radiant Cuts

http://www.pricescope.com/forum/rockytalky/helpful-threads-archive-t20713.html

http://www.pricescope.com/forum/rockytalky/helpful-threads-archive-t88394.html

Thread discussing Radiant Cut Quality

http://www.pricescope.com/forum/rockytalky/helpful-threads-archive-t36357.html


 
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