What You Need to Know About Rose Cut Diamonds
by Kate Reid
May 17, 2018 / Diamond Education
Rose cut diamonds are in the midst of a resurgence. They exude glamour from a time once past, making them a perfect choice for vintage-inspired designs. If you are considering one of these old style cuts then there are a few things you should know before making your choice.
Rose cut diamonds have been around since the 16th century and continued to rise in popularity until the early 20th century. They are named after the rose flower as they are considered to resemble the shape of a rosebud. The timing of the rose cut diamonds decline was met with the advancement in technology and as a result, new cuts were introduced. Since then, the rose cut diamond has taken a back seat to the round brilliants and many fancy cuts on offer.
With the continued love affair with vintage style engagement rings, it is no wonder that many are becoming familiar with the rose cut once again. This cut diamond differs quite a lot to the modern cuts. It has a flat base, where newer cuts have a pointed back called a pavilion, and the crown is a faceted dome. The number of facets can range greatly from around 3 to 24. All rose cuts will differ slightly in shape.
The most important thing to be aware of if considering a rose cut diamond is the sparkle factor. The advancement in technology in the 20th century meant diamond cuts were designed so that they would return the optimum amount of light to the viewer. When you sit a round-brilliant diamond next to a rose-cut diamond the rose cut will appear quite transparent and lifeless in comparison.
The rose cut diamond is for vintage lovers looking for a unique choice. It is a romantic option that looks beautiful in solitaire and halo designs alike. One beautiful example is the ring Jennifer Aniston received from Justin Theroux back in 2012, a stunning engagement ring featuring a rose cut diamond.