Radiant Cut - The Best of Both Worlds

Radiant Cut – The best of both worlds


Since the Radiant Cut was developed and perfected in 1981 by Henry Grossbard after years of experimenting in world’s diamond capital, New York City. It has retained its forever captivating position as one of the most popular fancy cut diamond shapes. The design marries the sophistication of the emerald cut’s linear perimeter with the fire of the round brilliant’s faceting. It's like an emerald cut with a shot of espresso coffee.

A radiant cut diamond is square or rectangular in shape with cut corners. Most people prefer length to width ratios of anywhere from 1:1 to 1:2. It is truly up to your preference to decide between a square or rectangular radiant cut and the proportions that are pleasing to your eye. The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) classifies a radiant cut as a “Cut-Cornered Rectangular Modified Brilliant”.

Radiant cut diamonds appear larger than diamonds of similar carat weight. This is because the design maximizes the length and width while minimizing the depth. Grossbard’s long awaited anticipation was to develop one of the Earth’s most rare and coveted resources with brilliance and value. The efficiency of the design is one reason why a radiant cut diamond is popular.

Unlike emerald cuts, the radiant’s brilliant faceting pattern helps to camouflage flaws within the crystal. GIA (Gemological Institute of America) graded radiant cut diamonds with clarity gradings from IF to SI2 are generally acceptable and will not be noticed by the naked eye.

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary or unusual, the radiant cut’s timeless sophistication with a little flair might be the diamond shape for you. Use our diamond search to explore thousands of stones at the industry’s best prices.