Round Engagement Rings

Breathtakingly beautiful round cut diamonds, also known as round brilliants, are easily the most popular diamond shapes for engagement rings, comprising over two-thirds of all diamond ring sales. These dazzling gems have 57 facets measured at precise angles and proportions to create maximum sparkle. Cutters often create a 58th facet by squaring off the sharp culet at the bottom end of the diamond to prevent its damage during setting. The total includes 33 facets on the crown, or top half of the stone, and 25 facets, including the culet, on the pavilion, or lower half of the stone. As the iconic diamond shape, round cuts are usually what come to mind when people picture diamond rings.

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History of Round Cut Diamond Rings

Archduke Maximilian of Austria may have been the first person to add diamonds to an engagement band when he offered a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy upon his proposal in 1477. For a long time the giving of diamond engagement rings was restricted to the upper class and nobility. In the Victorian Era, diamonds became more common on engagement rings due to the discovery of large deposits of the precious stones in South Africa.

The precursor of the round brilliant shape, known as the old European cut, consisted of fewer facets in different arrangements, a more rounded shape, and a shallower pavilion. In the early 20th century, a Polish student named Marcel Tolkowsky studied diamond grinding as part of his PhD thesis at the University of London. He used extensive mathematical calculations to optimize and balance the brilliance and fire of rough diamonds through precision cutting. The result was the creation of the modern round brilliant shape. Tolkowsky published the results of his research in a book called Diamond Design: A Study of the Reflection and Refraction of Light in a Diamond. Since that time, other mathematicians have refined Tolkowsky's specifications, and they have been further enhanced using computer models.

Classic round cut diamond engagement rings are extremely popular with celebrities. For example, Ashton Kutcher offered Mila Kunis a round cut solitaire in a platinum band.

Advantages of Round Cut Diamonds

Because round cut diamonds are crafted to optimize sparkle and brilliance, they hold and disperse light gorgeously, accentuating the natural scintillation and fire of the gems. This tendency to amplify a diamond's quality and size also hides flaws and improves color, which causes even imperfect diamonds to appear impressive. Another advantage of round brilliants is their versatility. The classic beauty of the shape allows them to fit perfectly with any style of ring, whether solitaire, halo, three stone, or pave. Hayden Cudworth offers wonderful round cut diamond engagement ring choices in all of these styles.

Selecting a Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Diamond color scale runs from D through Z, and diamonds rated N through z are generally not recommended for rings. Stones with the highest color ratings are extremely rare and expensive, while diamonds with G, H, and I ratings have excellent quality and appear colorless when mounted on a ring.

Clarity in diamonds rates the amount of imperfections, known as inclusions, that a stone has. Visible inclusions detract from the beauty of a diamond, but many inclusions cannot be seen. The diamond clarity grade scale rates clarity on a scale from IF, or internally flawless, to I2, or inclusions 2. The sweet spot between rare and expensive flawless diamonds and those with unacceptable imperfections is SI1 and SI2, or slightly included 1 and 2. This designation means that these stones, when set within a ring, appear perfect to the naked eye.

The carat weight of a round cut diamond is not as important as its cut, color, and clarity, because so much of the stone's weight is hidden. Raising the carat weight of a diamond may slightly increase the size but significantly increase the cost.

Setting and Precious Metal Options

The classic shape of round brilliant diamonds allows for a wide variety of setting choices. Classic elegance and simplicity of appearance make the solitaire setting, also known as the prong setting, the most popular style for diamond engagement rings. This design highlights a single prominent diamond held in place by four or six prongs of various shapes. There is plenty of creativity involved in selecting the shape of the diamond, details of the setting, and type of metal to fit the tastes of the beloved individual for whom the ring is intended.

Halo engagement rings are extremely popular due to their elegant appearance and amped-up brilliance and fire. Halo settings consist of a circle, or sometimes a double circle, of small diamonds with a singular large diamond as a centerpiece. Sometimes halo settings feature smooth solitaire bands, while other times they have pave bands with multitudes of tiny diamonds. Whatever the details you choose, halo engagement rings offer magnificent scintillation and flamboyance to your engagement promise.

Three stone engagement rings, also known as trinity or trilogy rings, with their placement of three diamonds close to each other, symbolize the romantic love that unites a couple in a promise of marriage. The center stone represents their present love, one side stone denotes their memories of the past, and the other signifies their commitment to a united future. The three diamonds also stand for friendship, love, and fidelity. This style is perfect for couples who want to imbue significance into their engagement ring setting.

For a spectacular display of brilliance and sparkle, pave diamond engagement ring settings are hard to beat. The word pave, pronounced pa-vay, means "to pave" in French, and this setting paves the band with glistening stones. To create pave rings, jewelers drill holes into the metal band and insert tiny cut diamonds. They then secure three or more rows of small gems with metal beads or prongs. The regular placement of the stones produces the illusion of a dazzling pavement.

Diamond band engagement rings emphasize the brilliance and fire of a central diamond by encircling or half-circling the band in a complement of smaller diamonds. These surrounding stones may be inlaid in the band with dazzling pave accents, rise to the ring's peak in a dual encrusted band, or lie within a protective channel. Whatever their setting, they offer a spectacular display of elegance and sparkle.

At Hayden Cudworth, we offer round cut diamonds in a number of lovely precious metal choices. The white sheen of platinum perfectly complements and sets off diamonds and does not change color or fade, so this lovely metal is ideal for symbolizing eternal love in an engagement ring. Due to its rarity, platinum has attained a prestigious status, with platinum credit cards, for example, being ranked above gold, silver, and other designations. For diamond engagement rings, platinum bands represent the ultimate in elegance.

Lovely white gold is currently the most popular choice of metal for engagement ring bands. Indistinguishable from platinum to the naked eye, this bright, strong, durable metal perfectly complements and enhances the sparkling diamonds in engagement rings.

Yellow gold engagement rings offer a classic warm color with vibrant elegance that has long been associated with romance. Although white gold bands have overtaken yellow gold in popularity, yellow gold provides an unparalleled traditional look that is timeless.

Romantic rose gold provides a lovely alternative to the more common white gold and yellow gold found in engagement rings. Its warm, rich, distinctive color creates a stunning and attractive metaphor for the binding of hearts.

Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Options

The master craftsmen and jewelers at Hayden Cudworth offer an eclectic selection of handcrafted round cut diamond engagement rings in assorted settings and band metals to suit any romance. To find the right ring for your fiancé, take advantage of the home try-on program. Select any five potential rings to sample at home, send them back within five days, and order the ring of your choice.

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