For many people, the brilliant is synonymous with a diamond par excellence. Whether in engagement rings, earrings or a bracelet made of gold with brilliant-cut diamonds, the round cut is a real bestseller and by far the most popular of all diamond cuts. But where does the popularity come from, why is this shape the epitome of diamonds and what is the history of the brilliant cut?

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What makes the round brilliant cut so popular?

The modern brilliant cut goes back to so-called old cuts, whose history dates back to the 17th century. It was recognised early on that although a lot of material of the rough diamond is lost in a round shape, even today around 50%, the sparkle and fire are particularly spectacular
Cutting into a round shape is technically relatively complex and so the old cuts are never really round, but rather resemble approximately round polygons. The number of facets was smaller, the facets themselves were larger.

The breakthrough came in 1919 when Marcel Tolkowsky from Belgium invented the basic features of the brilliant cut. He was actually an engineer, came from a Jewish family with a long tradition of diamond cutting and wrote his doctoral thesis on diamond cutting. Subsequently, his cut was perfected further and further, up to today's brilliant cut.

In addition to its outstanding appearance and perfect light reflection, the brilliant also owes its success to the diamond giant De Beers, which in the late 1940s launched an advertising campaign for engagement rings with a brilliant that is still unforgotten today. The central statement, "A Diamond is forever.", which was translated into German as "Ein Diamant ist unvergänglich.", is still familiar to most people today. In this respect, the brilliant-cut diamond, whether in a brilliant-cut bangle or a gold bracelet with a brilliant-cut diamond, had some help in its meteoric rise, but its popularity is more than justified even apart from all marketing; no other diamond shines more beautifully.

What types of diamond bracelets are there?

There is practically no type or shape of bracelet in which diamonds would not be a good choice. A classic is the solitaire bracelet, a single diamond in a round bezel setting on a dainty bracelet chain. A bracelet that is perfect as an everyday companion, discreet and classy, and also very affordable in price.

Are you looking for a gold bracelet with several diamonds? Since the tennis player Chris Evert lost her diamond Rivière bracelet at a tennis tournament in 1987, this type of bracelet with diamonds is almost only called a tennis bracelet. Such a bracelet should not be missing in any jewellery box, the minimalist design leaves the stage to the set diamonds, a beautiful combination of understatement and a nevertheless sensational look.

If you prefer bangles, a diamond bangle with a herringbone pattern might be the right choice. In both white gold and yellow gold, this bracelet not only looks extremely noble, it can be wonderfully combined with both an evening dress and a simple blouse.

Lovers of floral patterns or extravagant designs will also find a more than rich selection of bracelets with diamonds, from flower bracelets to gradient bracelets with a drawstring clasp.

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What should I look for when buying a diamond bracelet?

In the case of brilliant-cut diamonds, as with all other cut forms of diamonds, the quality of the stones is determined by the so-called 4C. These are the weight in carats, the color or whether the diamond is pure white or has a yellowish tinge (Color), the clarity or whether and how strong inclusions are present (Clarity) and the quality of the execution of the cut and its proportions (Cut).

These four characteristics determine the price of diamonds to a very significant extent, the larger the stone, the purer white, the minimal the inclusions and the more precise the cut, the more expensive and valuable a diamond is.

Diamonds are a product of nature, formed from carbon over millions of years under great pressure and high temperatures.  Accordingly, the quality differences can be great, a brilliant of 1 carat can cost many thousands but also only a few hundred euros. You should be aware of these differences, because more decisive than the effective final price of a bracelet with diamonds is the value you get for your money.

For a gold bracelet with diamonds is recommended to choose H or G for color, SI1 or VS2 for clarity and VG for cut. Diamonds in this quality level have an optimal price-performance ratio. They are indistinguishable from much more expensive flawless diamonds in the best color grades D or E without a jeweler's loupe and a trained eye. On the other hand, their appearance is significantly more beautiful than that of very cheap diamonds with strong inclusions, a very yellowish hue or mediocre cut.

Are you interested in a diamond bracelet or a diamond bangle? The experts at BAUNAT look forward to providing you with a free, no-obligation consultation. Contact them now.
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