Cut —The shape of a diamond refers to its physical appearance, while the cut refers to how well the diamond’s features interact with light. Because radiant-cut diamonds are a “fancy” cut, they are not graded. However, radiant-cut diamonds should provide ample brilliance and sparkle due to their astonishing 70 facets.
Clarity — Clarity, or the amount of inclusions and blemishes in a stone, is often a problem for fancy shapes, but not so with the radiant diamond. Each diamond will have a different amount of these flaws, ranging from SI2 (having the largest amount) to VVS1 (having the least). However, radiants tend to hide—not emphasize—these inclusions, giving you a much wider choice of diamonds that will work within your budget.
Color — In the diamond trade, color actually refers to the absence of color. Clean Origin only offers diamonds from J to D, though there are diamonds with color from Z (containing the most color) to D (containing the least color). Radiant-shaped diamonds disguise color tints in addition to flaws. Feel free to get a more colorful stone, knowing that it will not have a noticeably negative impact on the overall look of the stone.
Carat — Radiant-shaped diamonds look much larger than their carat size. If you want to make them look even bigger, add a halo of smaller diamonds to surround the center stone. Keep in mind that lab-grown diamonds are priced 20-30% less than mined diamonds of similar quality and carat weight, letting you add carat size or enhancements without exceeding your budget.