The round is the most popular of all diamond shapes, representing approximately 75% of all diamonds sold. Exactly why are we so attracted to this curvy configuration? If we look to science we are told that the curvilinear form of a circle expresses many of the attributes that attract us. It is a graceful, pleasant, soft, meditative shape that evokes relaxation, peacefulness, and quietude. If we focus on the arts, as far back as the 17th century, lyric poet Robert Herrick declared, “Love is a circle that doth restless move in the same sweet eternity of love.”
Graceful, pleasing, peaceful notions bonded with an eternal symbol of love: it’s no wonder over half of all diamond engagement rings are represented by the round-shaped diamond!
The beauty and simplicity of the round shape makes it an attractive choice for many. Round diamonds pair well with all engagement ring settings and Great Heights offers a wide variety of setting styles from which to choose. The more traditional bride-to-be might pair her round diamond with a classic, solitaire, or vintage setting. A contemporary gal may be more attracted to a modern, 3-stone, or halo setting. And with lots of round diamond sizes to choose from, personalizing your engagement ring will be easy and fun, especially with the help of our convenient, online ring builder. The best part about choosing a round diamond from Great Heights is you can do so knowing you are making a pure choice with our ethically-created, lab-grown diamonds.
All diamonds, regardless of shape, are graded by the same four criteria: cut, color, clarity, and carat, or, the 4Cs.
Cut - The terms cut and shape are often used interchangeably when speaking of diamonds, however, they are distinct words with two separate meanings. The shape of a stone refers to it’s outline or silhouette. The cut entails the proportions of the diamond, the finish in regards to symmetry and polish, and especially, the arrangement of facets within the stone. All three influence how a diamond interacts with light and how well it sparkles. A higher cut diamond will direct the most light through the crown (top) of the stone. The qualities a diamond grader looks for in regard to cut are:
*Brightness - The internal and external white light that reflects from a diamond.
*Fire - The way white light scatters into all the colors of the rainbow.
*Scintillation - The patterns of light and dark areas caused by reflections within a stone, and the degree of sparkle that the stone produces.
Great Heights only offers diamonds that are professionally graded as good, very good, excellent, and ideal in cut quality. It’s good to know that the higher the cut score, the more intense the stone will appear to the naked eye, which is why the round brilliant cut is so, well...brilliant!
Color - It is interesting to note that a diamond is actually graded by its lack of color. The best diamonds, or those that are structurally perfect and chemically pure, have no hue- like drops of crystal-clear water. Diamonds are graded on a scale from D-Z, where D is colorless and Z has the most color. Stones in the process of being graded are compared to master stones that act as standards for the correct color values. Diamonds are measured under appropriate lighting and viewing conditions in order to determine their exact degree of colorlessness. The less color a diamond has, the brighter it will appear. Near colorless to colorless diamonds are highly recommended for engagement rings, however, the shape and cut of the diamond can also influence how much light is dispersed. Because of their brilliant cut, round-shaped stones are good at hiding color, so you can choose a clore score as low as a J.
Clarity - Similar to the definition of color, clarity refers to the lack of something, but in this case, it's the absence of blemishes and inclusions in a diamond. Inclusions are internal flaws and blemishes are external defects. Gem graders look for the position, size, number, relief, and nature of these imperfections, as well as the overall appearance of the stone. The clarity grading scale ranges from flawless (FL) to included (I1, I2, and I3), with several grades in between. Naturally, a flawless diamond is the ideal, but choosing a stone that looks good to the human eye is also important, and can help you save money. Brilliant cuts hide small inclusions within the stone, so a clarity grade of SI2 or better will give you an acceptable diamond.
Carat - The final C, carat, is simply the actual weight of a cut diamond, with one carat being equal to 200 milligrams. Diamonds generally increase in price the higher the carat weight, however, two diamonds of equal carat weight can differ in price due to the grades of the other 3Cs. So, it's important to remember that the final value of a diamond is calculated using all 4Cs: cut, color, clarity, and carat.
When buying your round-shaped stone, a larger size may work better, especially if you are going for a solitaire setting where the diamond stands on its own. If your budget doesn’t allow you to go up in carat weight, you may want to consider a halo setting. When a ring of small diamonds encircles your round center stone, the effect is the center diamond will appear larger.
The cut of your diamond can also make a difference in how it is perceived. Round-shaped diamonds are currently all faceted using the brilliant cut, which makes them out-sparkle most other diamond shapes. Perhaps one of the reasons the round diamond is so popular is its cut can hide imperfections more easily than others, like the emerald, cushion, or asscher cuts. Because of this, a lower clarity score is acceptable in a round-shaped stone, allowing you to save money. Another bonus is the round shape also does a good job of concealing color. Stick to a color score of J or higher (D-J), and your stone will still shine brightly, but for less. So, choosing a round diamond with lower cut and clarity scores will allow you to choose a larger carat size!
When comparing mined diamonds to lab-grown diamonds, keep in mind that they are chemically, structurally, and optically the same. Lab-grown diamonds and mined diamonds are both graded for cut, color, clarity, and carat, in identical facilities, by the same gem graders. They may be physically alike, as they are both grown from pure carbon crystals, but where they differ is in their origins. Lab diamonds are grown in controlled conditions and are free of the ethical and environmental concerns associated with mined diamonds. Because of their clean beginnings, lab diamonds can be purchased with a clear conscience. And it doesn’t hurt that they are up to 40% less expensive than mined diamonds!