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We’re Coming Up Roses: What to Love About Rose-Cut Diamonds

You may have heard of the Rose Cut diamond but if you haven’t, it is time you should.

Rose cuts really aren’t like any other type of diamond. Most diamonds are cut with one aim: to maximize sparkle. On just about every shape of diamond you’ve ever seen, each facet is strategically placed to reflect and refract the maximum amount of light, causing the diamond to seem fiery and brilliant.

But rose cuts are different.

The bottom of a rose cut diamond is perfectly flat. There is no sharp point on the underside of the stone. Instead, it is as though the part of the diamond that sits against the mounting has been lopped off. And the result is exquisite.

Rose cut diamonds aren’t really concerned with sparkle. Instead, the rose cut is all about luster.

Because the bottom of the stone is straight rather than pointy, the diamond won’t reflect light. It’s not physically possible. But in a rose cut, that’s actually a good thing.

Instead of reflecting light back at you, a rose cut diamond is designed so that all the light entering the stone will pass through it. The result is a diamond that seems luminous, as though lit from within.

A rose cut diamond doesn’t look like most people’s traditional idea of diamonds, and for that reason, we admit, they aren’t for everyone. But if you aren’t faint of heart, they may be the diamond shape for you.

They have a pedigree which attests to their appeal.

Consider this: rose cuts were invented in the 15th Century and are still cut the exact same way today. No other shape of diamond can boast that sort of legacy.

Rose Cut diamonds are rare, but they suit a wide range of styles. In solitaire mountings, they are understated and demure. Add some filigree or a halo and suddenly they’re romantic as an Arthurian legend. Placed in platinum, rose cut diamonds can look decidedly Rock ‘n’ roll.

Their unique shape and large, wide table means the weight of the diamond is concentrated at the top, visible portion of the stone. For this reason, a rose cut diamond will always appear large for its size.

And because rose cuts are equally lustrous in a wide range of color grades, they can be a great choice for budget conscious couples, or couples looking for a truly unusual, perhaps even colored, center stone.

Like with all diamonds, the beauty of the stone will depend primarily on its cut. Clarity and color are important to an extent, but only cut can determine whether a diamond will behave as it should.

A properly proportioned rose cut diamond won’t send prisms of light up into the air, but it also should not, under any circumstances, appear dull and lifeless. A rose cut should seem to blush perpetually, right there on your finger.

The vast majority of rose cut diamonds only have 24 facets, and if you've seen one of those, you may have felt a little underwhelmed. That's because 24 facets isn't always enough to bring out the splendor of the diamond. That's why at Wedding Day, we source very few, and very particular rose cut diamonds. Our oval roses have 31 facets, and our round roses have a whopping 49 facets. Remember, facets direct light, and so even with rose cuts, precise, well-proportioned facets are the key to a beautiful diamond.

Because rose cut diamonds are so infrequently stocked in most jewelry stores, it’s important you seek them out, and see multiple examples of rose cut diamonds before you buy one. We recommend going to a reputable jeweler, one who truly selects every diamond in their inventory by hand. Never buy this cut online.

When shopping for a rose cut diamond engagement ring, it’s especially important to learn what your jeweler’s warranty looks like. The market isn’t exactly flooded with diamonds of this shape, so you’ll want to know that your jeweler will be truly committed to finding you a comparable, quality replacement should anything ever happen to yours.

Summer may be ending, but the lustrous bloom of a rose cut diamond… now that will never wither.


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