There are many things to look for when buying a round diamond to maximise the cut, carat, colour and clarity, such as; depth percentage, table size, crown angles, pavilion angles, lower girdles, star facets and the polish/symmetry.
There are a few things to keep in mind when buying a round diamond, but the cut grade is the most crucial factor to consider when choosing a round-cut diamond. The cut and cut grade determines a round-cut diamond’s shine, fire and brilliance. GIA cut grades are exclusively given to round-cut diamonds. However, it is essential to note that there are many variations, even within the GIA’s excellent round-cut diamond grades. Therefore, we recommend selecting very good- excellent round-cut diamonds for the greatest shine, brilliance and fire.
The cut of a round-cut diamond is more important than a carat. The rough-cut diamond carat is almost hard to tell the difference between, and you can find a considerably cheaper carat for nearly the same size and radiance. Therefore, we recommend considering a less popular round diamond carat, such as a 0.9 carat. The brilliance of a round-cut diamond also means you can look for and compromise on clarity and colour when buying a round-cut diamond. The metal setting will be a significant factor when considering a coloured round diamond. Therefore, you should look to match your metal setting with the colour of your round-cut diamond. For example, J or I colour round cut diamonds look great in white gold, and K colour is an excellent consideration with a rose gold or yellow band.