Before my engagement, I knew exactly what I wanted in terms of a ring. Years earlier I discovered rose cut diamonds and never looked back. Of course, this particular cut is extremely hard to find and takes time and patience. Kind of like meeting the right person and deciding to spend your life with them...
The rose cut features a flat bottom with a dome shaped crown rising to a single apex. With anywhere from 3 to 24 facets, the shape resembles that of a rose bud. The rose cut is believed to date back to the 15th century and was widely used during the Georgian and Victorian eras.
As you can see, the rose cut varieties don't have a pavilion, the triangular looking bottom. Therefore, the light refracts very differently off these stones. Rather than the brilliant sparkle a "conventional" diamond offers with its 58 facets, these diamonds give off a subtle, romantic glow. With rose cut diamonds missing the signature facets of the stones most of us know and love, any imperfection or flaw in the material will show greatly.
Rose cuts come in all shapes with round being the most common. Here are a few other beautiful shapes I found along the way as well.
After getting the diamond graded by the International Gemological Institute (IGI), FedEx swept our conflict-free oval rose cut stone across the world for us in 3 days. Kind of wild to think about.
Now, onto the setting.