Shine bright with this modern-cut sparkler.

Radiant-cut engagement rings may be a modern invention, but they sure sparkle like they've been around for centuries. Similar to an emerald-cut in shape, radiant rings boast many more facets, so they shine just as brilliantly as a round-cut (emerald cuts, on the other hand, have fewer, longer facets that create a step-like effect and invariably less sparkle). This newer style gem can be found in both rectangular and square shapes, and often have angled corners.

A radiant-cut ring will look gorgeous in just about any setting. If you don't want to go overboard, choose a sleek, solitaire setting and let the radiant diamond do all of the talking. For those with a "blingier is better" mentality, though, you can choose a pavé band and even a shimmering halo for a full-on blinding effect. Radiant-cuts look especially gorgeous in a three-stone setting, with trillion-cuts commonly flanking the center stone.

Because this diamond style has more facets, it's easier to hide a radiant-cut's flaws or discoloration. So for those couples looking for a budget-friend buy, they may want to consider finding a lower-quality radiant-cut ring, since its imperfections won't be as visible to the eye as it would be in an emerald-cut, for example. You'll undoubtedly be able to get a bigger stone for less money since quality with this cut isn't as important.

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Illustration: Christina Park

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