The Rose Cut Engagement Ring represents the promise of marriage, it symbolizes devotion and commitment to the loved one. Keeping that spark alive and enjoying it is very important, but marriage is so much more than that.
With a 500 year history, the rose cut diamond has become an alternative to more traditional diamond cuts. Reminiscent of a simpler time, it has an ethereal, delicate feel of stone. Its flat base and domed top radiate sparkle rather than glitter, creating the perfect understated and elegant choice for an engagement ring. In recent years, rose-cut diamond rings have made a big comeback for the modern, romantic bride, and it's clear they're here to stay.
What Is Rose Cut Diamond?
The growing popularity of using old-fashioned cut diamonds in modern jewelry is not surprising. Antique diamonds offer a distinctive visual experience as their hand-cut facets play with light, and vintage-inspired enthusiasts never tire of their warmth and brilliance.
Today we are going to get to know a cut that is experiencing a huge resurgence in modern jewelry: the rose cut.
Rose Cut Diamonds
The most notable features of a rose cut diamond are the flat back and domed top covered in triangular facets. The number of these facets can vary from 3 to 24, resulting in a single peak at the top. This is where the term “rose” comes from in its name; Its facets are said to resemble the petals that open on a rosebud.
The flat back of the pink cut has two amazing effects. First of all, with no facets on the bottom of the gemstone to reflect light, the gemstone is quite transparent. They look calm and ethereal compared to the disco ball sparkle of full cut diamonds.
Second, rose cuts without “trash in the trunk” carry their full carat weight with them. This means that when viewed from above, a rose cut diamond will appear optically larger than a full cut diamond of the same carat weight. It will have more surface area because none of its carat weight is stored below the belt.
Rose cuts are most commonly seen in a round shape, but can also be modified into oval, pear, canopied, and freeform shapes.
What’s The Story Behind The Rose Cut Engagement Ring
For those of you who have been following my work for a while, you will have seen how many rose cut diamonds I used. Not only are they popular in personal jewelry, but they are actually "vintage" and one of the original diamond cuts in vintage and antique jewelry.
The "rose cut" diamond dates from the beginning of the 16th century.
Rose Cut Diamonds = Super Popular These Days
The stones look like the petals of a rose trying to imitate the constricted spiral of the petals; hence its name: rose-cut diamond. They are usually flat on the bottom which creates more surface area for the stone to shine. In the 1900s, advanced cuttingtechnology obsolete (only temporarily) the rose cut and replaced it with the brilliant cut. A traditional cut used for most engagement rings these days, brilliant cut diamonds "own" their sparkle, but there's nothing prettier than a rose cut diamond.
A bit of history: The tradition of engagement dates back to the 13th century. The ring was worn on the third finger of the left hand because the vein on the "ring finger" is called the "vena amoris" and is said to go straight to the heart...but more on that in a another story.
"Love" was symbolized by a rose-cut diamond encircling the part of the body directly connected to the heart.
The brilliant cut diamond eventually took its place due to its rounder shape, a symbol of infinite love.
Rose cut diamonds have come back a long way since then. We created a rose-cut solitaire scenario about a hundred years ago. This was an 'open' frame to allow light to shine through the stone giving it a greater dazzling effect. Years later, more and more jewelry innovators and rose cut diamond enthusiasts have found ways to add sparkle to the rose cut by firing thin layers of silver or gold with the diamond. The precious metal helps reflect light without altering the original fit.
Evaluating a Rose Cut Diamond: The 4Cs
Like the cushion cut and its predecessor, the older lead cut, the rose cut was created long before electricity to look better in candlelight. To do this, the cutters based their final cut on what worked best for each individual stone. This means rose cuts can contain anywhere from 3 to 24 facets.
Most modern cut roses have a flat base with no canopy and a domed 24 facet top. You can think of the rose cut diamond as taking the top of a typical diamond and leaving the bottom behind.
The flat shape of the base of a pruned rose means that it has a fairly low profile. A rose cut diamond does not protrude too much from its setting like most other modern diamond cuts. This quality makes this diamond lighter to wear and adds a bit of protection against any accidental blows that are inflicted on the rings.
Compare the side profiles of a ring set with a rose-cut diamond and a traditional diamond. Note that the flatness of the diamond allows a low setting very close to the hand, while the traditional diamond is significantly offset.
Rose cut diamonds are much more versatile in terms of color than traditional brilliant cuts. The domed top and subtle sheen complement the warmer tones and alternating stone colors perfectly. Champagne, opaque white, gray, black, shades of yellow, and the growing favorite of salt and pepper diamonds are common colors found in rose cuts.
The color grade on the certification papers is probably less important to you than the actual color appearance of the diamond.
Rose-cut diamonds do not have a pavilion. As a result, its light reemission, or the amount of light reflected from a diamond, is much lower than that of a brilliant cut diamond, such as an oval, pear or marquise cut. As a result, rose cut diamonds exude a more transparent, glass-like brilliance, unlike the striking brilliance of most modern diamond cuts.
The clear transparency of the stone will accentuate, rather than hide, any imperfections in the stone. Some love this feature because it gives the diamond a real vintage feel and lots of character because no two diamonds have the same volume and location of imperfections. You also don't have to worry about inclusions compromising the integrity of the stone. The lower profile and fewer facets of the rose cut help mitigate many risks of damaging your ring while wearing it.
Due to their shape, rose cut diamonds appear larger than other cut diamonds when viewed from above. They have what is called a "spread", so a rose cut diamond is often the same diameter as a round diamond with twice the carat weight.
Although rose cut diamonds are available in a variety of carat weights, they are a rare form of diamond. It is estimated that only 0.1% - 1 in 1,000 - of modern cut diamonds are rose cut. This shouldn't put you off going for a pink cut, but it should help you understand the context in which finding a pink cut with the features you like at the carat weight you want can take longer.
Rose cut, a method of faceting gemstones so that the base of the stone is wide, flat and unfaceted, while the top of the stone is domed and covered with triangular facets. Often in two rows, the facets are grouped so that the highest part of the stone ends in a point.
The shape of the Rose Cut Engagement Ring alone indicates its significance: it is circular, without beginning or end, and thus has become a universal sign of eternal love and fidelity, perfection and infinity.