Radiant Cut vs. Emerald Cut: Decoding the Dazzle in Diamond Shapes

What is an Emerald Cut Diamond?

An emerald cut is a diamond cut that has a rectangular or square shape with cut corners. The emerald cut is named after the classic emerald gemstone, which is also cut in this shape. It has been a popular choice for diamond engagement rings and other fine jewellery for many years.

Emerald cut diamonds are known for their elegance and sophistication, with a vintage look. The elongated shape and step-cut faceting give the stone a unique character, with long flashes of light and a hall-of-mirrors effect that can be quite mesmerizing. However, because the emerald cut has fewer facets, it may not have the same level of brilliance or fire as other cuts, and any inclusions or imperfections may be more visible.


What is a Radiant Cut Diamond?

A radiant cut is a diamond cut that has a rectangular or square shape with cut corners, similar to an emerald cut. The radiant cut was first introduced in the 1970s by Henry Grossbard and has since become a popular choice for engagement rings and other diamond jewellery.

Radiant cut diamonds, on the other hand, are known for their brilliance and fire, with a more contemporary look that has become increasingly popular in recent years. The radiant cut is a modified brilliant cut, which means it has a series of concentric facets that radiate from the centre of the stone, giving it a lively, sparkling appearance. The combination of step-cut and brilliant-cut facets also creates a unique pattern of light and dark areas that can be quite stunning. However, the radiant cut may not have the same classic, timeless look as the emerald cut.


What Are the Differences? 

We have summarized the differences between radiant cut and emerald cut diamonds below:

Characteristic Radiant Cut Diamond Emerald Cut Diamond
Facets 70 58
Shape Rectangular or square with cut corners Rectangular with cut corners
Cutting style Modified brilliant cut Step cut
Clarity Shows inclusions less easily Shows inclusions more easily
Cost Less expensive More expensive


Which Cut should I Choose? 

When it comes to choosing between an emerald cut and a radiant cut diamond, there is no right or wrong choice. It all depends on your personal preferences and what qualities you’re looking for in a diamond.

At Moi Moi Fine Jewellery, we understand that finding the perfect diamond is an important and highly personal decision. That’s why we offer a wide selection of high-quality lab grown diamonds in both emerald cut and radiant cut, as well as finished rings, so you can see and feel the differences for yourself. Try each of them on and you’ll immediately know which cut is best for you.

When choosing a diamond, it’s important to consider not only the cut but also other factors such as colour, clarity, and carat weight. Moi Moi Fine Jewellery will help you navigate these choices and find the perfect diamond that meets your specific needs and preferences.

We look forward to welcoming you and helping you find the perfect diamond ring.