Chances are at least one person you know has an engagement ring featuring a round-cut diamond. As the most popular jewelry style out there (the majority of diamonds sold are round), it’s everywhere—and for very good reason. This classic shape makes for a sparkly diamond that truly outshines all others. If you want something elegant and classy, but also blindingly brilliant, you can’t go wrong with a round stone.
What Is a Round-Cut Diamond?
The round-cut diamond is exactly what it sounds like: A round diamond. Each circular stone is cut to have 58 facets, which makes it exceptionally sparkly and hard to miss. It’s a classic shape that will always catch the light.
We spoke with industry experts Olivia Landau, George Khalife, and Nicole Wegman to learn more about the pros and cons of round-cut stones, how to care for your ring, as well as everything a bride-to-be needs to know about selecting the perfect round-cut bling.
Pros and Cons of Round-Cut Diamonds
Aside from the fact that their popularity makes them easy to find, round-cut diamonds have a lot of other benefits. “Round diamonds are one of the most brilliant shapes and have great sparkle,” says Landau. When you get a round diamond, you can ensure that it’s going to be glittering all the time.
That’s not all, though: “They tend to mask color better than other shapes,” says Landau. “You can have more flexibility than other shapes.” With the right clarity levels, round diamonds will look bright and white. “They are great at camouflaging inclusions as well because of how sparkly they are,” adds Landau. They’re also super versatile: Round-cut diamonds look good in any setting and in any style ring.
It’s hard to find anything negative about a round-cut diamond, but there is one big downside: they’re pricey. “They are the most expensive diamond,” says Khalife. Between the demand for round diamonds and the way they never go out of style, this cut will cost you. Khalife also points out that round diamonds can sometimes look smaller than other cuts. Like many of us, if you’re on any sort of budget, this means you need to decide what’s more important to you: the carat size or the clarity and color.
Meet the Expert
- Olivia Landau is a jeweler and the founder and CEO of The Clear Cut.
- George Khalife is a celebrity jeweler also known as George the Jeweler.
- Nicole Wegman has blurred the distinct line between jeweler and influencer as the founder and CEO of Ring Concierge.
What to Look for in a Round-Cut Diamond
- What should I look for in a round-cut diamond? Landau says to pay close attention to carat sizes when picking out a round diamond. “For most fancy cuts, their carat weight doesn’t necessarily directly correlate to how large the diamond will be,” she explains. “But for round brilliants (within the same cut grade), a larger carat weight generally means that it will be bigger.”
- How does the cut influence the look of a round-cut diamond? “The cut determines how well proportioned and sparkly your stone will be,” Landau says. “Fun fact: Round brilliants have a cut grade because they have ideal proportions (a perfect circle). You want to make sure you have an excellent cut to get the most sparkle. The lowest I would recommend going is very good. Excellent to very good is the safe range!”
- Is the cut or carat size more important to consider when selecting a round-cut diamond? “I look at it like a big balancing scale with the carat, color, and clarity,” Khalife says. “Those who want to see that bigger sized diamond may have to sacrifice the color and clarity. Those who want to see a bright white diamond may need to balance with a smaller carat size.”
How to Care for a Round-Cut Diamond
As the ultimate piece that signifies your forever, you want to ensure that it stays looking its best forever, too. Being conscientious of where and how you wear your ring will save it from from appearing dull and worn. "Like any diamond cut, I always recommend taking off your engagement ring (and fine jewelry) before working out, showering, sleeping, etc," says Wegman. Regularly utilizing warm water and a soft-bristled tooth brush with a jewelry cleanser or even dish soap is another effort Wegman recommends practicing in order to remove any trapped dirt from your round-cut stone.
Establishing a routine for your ring allows its care and safety to become like second-nature. "Get in the habit of storing your ring in the same place every night so you don't misplace it," Wegman explains.
Ahead, discover 16 round-cut engagement rings we love.
Anna Sheffield Round Hazeline Ring
A thin gold band with a small line of delicate pavé diamonds is perfect for optimizing a round center diamond sitting in a six-prong basket. Fun fact: this ring was based on the designer’s grandmother’s engagement ring.
Jared Diamond Solitaire Ring
This simple yet striking diamond solitaire proves that less is more. Featuring a 14k yellow gold band, this is a refined piece that can be passed down for generations.
Natalie Marie Diamond Cluster Ring
If you prefer something more unique and modern to something classic and simple, opt for this cluster ring. It features a mix of round and marquise cut diamonds in an eye-catching cluster shape.
Capucinne Eva Diamond Ring
This ring has a bit of a vintage feel to it. A round center cut diamond is nestled into the middle of a halo of smaller diamonds on a very thin band. The details here are undeniably gorgeous.
Winston Romance by Harry Winston Round Brilliant Engagement Ring
A round diamond sits in Harry Winston’s signature split claws to really maximize its brilliance. The band features an additional 20 small round brilliant diamonds for an irresistible added sparkle.
Jennie Kwon Designs Diamond Dolce Ring
Delicate and intricate, this ring is gorgeous and very unique. A round diamond in a gold setting featuring smaller diamonds on the side creates for a romantic look.
Brilliant Earth Cambria Diamond Engagement Ring
It's hard to keep your eyes off of this breathtaking round solitaire. Accompanied by a delicate pavé diamond band and eye-catching halo, this customizable ring is the epitome of elegance.
Kay Round Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring
This striking round solitaire is not your average three-stone ring. With its intertwining band, this piece creates an effortless illusion of movement that sweeps across your finger.
Blue Nile 0.7 ct Round Solitaire Engagement Ring
This minimalistic yet bold ring undoubtedly demands its presence. If you're gravitating towards a more prominent look, this thick 18k yellow gold band and round solitaire diamond may be for you.
Kay Three-Stone Diamond Ring
Oh-so-classic yet fit for a queen. Featuring alluring round diamonds encircled by textured 14k gold, this piece is not only regal, but it's three-stone style adds the perfect romantic sentiment, too.
Jennifer Meyer Jewelry 18k Gold Thin Diamond Band
This 18k thin gold diamond ring is the definition of minimalistic beauty. A piece like this is not only practical and easy to wear, but it will go with just about anything in your jewelry box.
De Beers Forevermark Delicate Icon Setting Round Engagement Ring
It simply does not get any more stunning than this. For the bride seeking a modern twist to a classic style, opt for a brilliant round solitaire on a rose gold band.
WWAKE Bove Diamond Band
Available in solid 14k yellow, rose, and white gold, this thick 2.5 mm band undoubtedly serves as the focal point of this piece. The subtle sparkle of the diamond is just an added bonus.
Brilliant Earth Arden Diamond Engagement Ring
This nature-inspired solitaire features a cluster of round and marquise diamonds that practically float off onto the band. For the bride who loves the outdoors, this effortlessly ethereal and organic ring may be the perfect match.
Angara Emerald Twist Rope Split Shank Ring
For the bride who wants to embrace a little color, this captivating emerald split shank ring is sure to catch some eyes. The twisted rope style band offered in an array of different metals also allows you to further integrate your own personal style.
Blue Nile 1 ct Round Pave Engagement Ring
If you're searching for a piece that evokes glamour but still possesses long-lasting beauty, a brilliant round solitaire on a pavé-set diamond band is never the wrong choice. Available in 18k gold, rose gold, and platinum, this ring is classic in any type of metal.