Radiant diamonds combine the elongated, rectangular shape of emerald cut stones with the brilliant cut of round and princess stones. Radiant stones provide a wonderful compromise for a buyer interested in the rectangular emerald shape with the added sparkle of a brilliant cut.
Because of their brilliant faceting, radiant diamonds are better at camouflaging imperfections in clarity and color than emerald stones. Radiant stones are also less expensive per carat than their round counterparts as a result of lower demand.
Some radiant stones can exhibit a 'bowtie effect', where a bowtie shaped darkness is visible in the middle of the stone. HYSTRs GIA Gemologists can examine stones to help a buyer choose a diamond with little to no bowtie effect.
The following tables provide additional guidance for understanding the cut, color, and clarity of radiant stones.