Flowers might be an appropriate gift for Mother’s Day—flower jewelry is even sweeter—but if one really wanted to impress, how about considering a diamond that looks like a rose?
Spellbinding, sparkling, and packed with vintage glamour, the rose-cut diamond has captured the hearts of jewelry designers—and their customers—for ages.
While the rose cut has been around since the 1700s, today’s creators (and their clients) have given new life to the style. Some honor it in true antique or vintage-inspired designs, while others prefer the contrast of old with new.
“To me, they have sort of an old-world/vintage magic to them,” says designer Jen Volkodav of rose-cut diamonds. “And, from a work standpoint, they’re easier to set!”
Made to sparkle under candlelight (at a time when electricity didn’t exist), rose cuts lack the pointed pavilion of today’s brilliant diamonds, letting them appear larger in size since they carry most of their weight on the surface (as opposed to a taller brilliant stone). Shoppers looking for a diamond at a lower price would find plenty of reason to love a rose cut—its proportions mean more bang for your buck when it comes to size, with plenty of sparkle (albeit a comparatively different kind) to boot.
Most often seen or thought of as round, rose cuts can be found in a variety of cuts, like the pears pictured here, and even the octagonal shape seen in Amáli Jewelry’s ring above. You’ll also see them in a range of colors, which, let’s face it, wouldn’t fly so well if you were talking about brilliant diamonds. Rose cuts definitely allow for a lot more wiggle room across all the 4Cs, which could make them all the more appealing to the modern consumer.
As more consumers seek outside-the-box options for engagement rings and fine jewelry, a rose cut offers something special while keeping the traditional diamond category in check.
Top: Octagonal bezel ring in 14k white gold with 0.8 ct. rose-cut diamond, $5,880; Grace LeeFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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