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Clear Cut Classroom: Radiant Cuts

Today, we’re talking about one of our favorite cuts: radiants! Inspired by your questions from our weekly Q & A’s on Instagram, we will tell you everything you need to know about purchasing a radiant stone.

Watch the full video here:

A radiant cut can have square and rectangular silhouettes. They’re sparkly all around because of their brilliant faceting patterns and they are recognizable from their cut corners. We love radiants for so many reasons! The top two are:

1. Radiants are great at masking color. The way their facets reflect light allows you to compromise on color without the stone facing up yellow. We have seen J color radiants that face up perfectly white and bright.

2. Radiants are also amazing in terms of clarity. They’re great at camouflaging inclusions -- you can go down to SI1 or SI2 in clarity. As always, make sure any inclusions are not eye visible.  

Radiants usually have a 1.1 to 1.2 length-to-width ratio. They also come in complete square shapes and sometimes are confused with cushion cuts or princess cuts. What distinguishes a radiant from all others is their cut corners. Radiants can also be elongated -- they’re classic and elegant. An elongated radiant has a ratio anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 (and they pair perfectly with side stones, like trapezoids!)

The most common faceting patterns are tiny facets, that look like crushed ice, and larger ones that give more of a starburst effect. Watch our video to see comparisons!

Here’s a tip for when you are looking for a radiant cut: on the GIA certification, it won’t say radiant cut. It will say "cut cornered square" or "rectangular modified brilliant cut."

All in all, we’re in love with radiants! What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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