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What is a Rose Cut Diamond?

Andrea Garcia-Ochoa Lee

Posted on September 12 2018

A closer look at the round rose cut diamonds on the 64Facet Ethereal Collection Chain Necklace. Courtesy of the 64Facets Instagram account, @64Facets.

 

The Rose Cut Diamond is 64Facets’ signature statement diamond cut. Our expert diamond cutters in Surat, India are one of a few in the world who have perfected this delicate style of diamond and we are leading diamond jewelry producers of this understated cut. Romantic and subtle, this lesser-known yet equally as beautiful cut is having a revival.

 Named after the rosebud shape the facets of the cut resemble, the Rose Cut is a distinct type of gemstone cut. Unlike the standard brilliant cut, the Rose Cut does not have a pavilion and therefore has a flatter shape overall. The crown of the diamond is cut in a faceted dome and can have 3 to 24 facets. Its facets are often in two rows – with star facets in the center that make up the top of the diamond, and then a proportional number of facets on the second row.

 

Image by Dieu Ng.

The Rose Cut has relatively few facets compared to the Brilliant Cut, which traditionally has 57 to 58 facets. This is key to what makes the Rose Cut special; rather than giving off an intense sparkle, the Rose Cut causes the diamond to emit a warm radiance that is delicate and enchanting.

However, it’s worth noting that the clarity of a diamond becomes even more important in a Rose Cut. The flatter and fewer faceted nature of the cut means that any blemishes and incursions that a diamond may have will be more visible in a Rose Cut. Unlike a Brilliant Cut, there is less brilliance and reflection to distract from such flaws, meaning that high-quality Rose Cuts simply require high-quality diamonds. This is why at 64Facets we only use VVS-VS+ standard diamonds for our diamond jewelry.


Round rose-cut diamonds being assessed in the 64Facets factory in Surat, India.


Curiously, the Rose Cut was actually the precursor to the now standard Brilliant Cut. It’s believed that the cut was developed in India in the 15th century. By the 1520s, European gemstone cutters were using the cut as the standard for diamond jewelry. As a result, much of the high-quality diamond antique pieces available today, particularly from the Pre-Edwardian era when the cut reached its peak popularity - are cut using the Rose Cut. The simplicity of the cut also reflects the equipment available at the time. As newer technology enabled more precise cutting techniques, the Rose Cut diamond recognition was increasingly replaced by the newer Brilliant Cut.     

Today, only 0.1% of modern diamonds are Rose Cut. Yet more and more people are getting reacquainted with this romantic cut. Its appeal is blooming due to the distinct intimacy it offers – its lack of depth enables it to sit closer to the skin, whilst its fewer facets create a captivating brightness even in low lighting.

The Rose Cut is thus 64Facets’ cut of choice for its uniquely personal, delicate and beautiful characteristics.

 


The 64Facets Scallop Diamond Band using our quintessential round Rose Cut diamonds.



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