(Closed) Round = "Classic"?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
37 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

Honestly, I would hazard a guess it is marketing and price. Round brilliants take less raw gem to produce, and therefore there is a higher margin on them, even if the price is lower.

Post # 4
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

The round shape in general is seen as classic because it’s been around for a very long time just like the square shape has been around since the 60’s but the princess cut that we know has been around since the 80’s

Post # 5
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@gneiss:  i agree.  Im by far an expert in this area. But i have read that the Ring Bearer because it has so many facets its easier to hide flaws and because it sparkles so much you can get away with warmer colour grades.  The margin is likely a big one. Maybe thats why they are the most popular choice…. Does popularity = classic, not sure. I also believe the other shapes are classic too, like step cuts and marquise, etc…

Post # 6
3227 posts
Sugar bee

@SpecialSundae:  I agree it’s just a marketing thing and since more rough is lost when cutting a round they want you to pay more. A LOT of shapes have been around for a very long time.. one of them being the heart shape!

Post # 8
1505 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think of round brilliant cuts as classic in the sense that they are timeless and versatile.  Mostly anything will complement a round brilliant solitaire engagement ring.  When I refer to a round brilliant diamond as ‘classic,’ I’m not referring to the age of the particular cut at all and that doesn’t even come to my mind. 

Post # 10
1505 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I guess I also don’t really see why it matters.  The word ‘classic’ is not insulting or bad–it doesn’t the diamond cut any less unique or beautiful.  And you’re right, one could describe any of those diamond cuts as classic.

Post # 12
3063 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t think it’s necessarily considered classic because of the amount of time it’s been around, I think it’s because of high demand. Rounds are the most popular of all the cuts because they’re universally flattering, whereas IMO not every hand can pull off a marquise or cushion. That doesn’t mean other cuts are less pretty or less of an elegant choice though.

Post # 13
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SpecialSundae:  I think it has to do with the fact that the majority of diamonds out there are round. At least the majority of the ones worn by our mothers and grandmothers. So when you think of classic, you’re thinking about what the older women in your family wear/wore and it was probably round. I don’t know a single person in my family who doesn’t have a round centerstone (besides me :P). I suspect most women are in a similar situation.

Post # 14
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

I think when the word, “Classic” is used in this context, it really means versatile.  The round brilliant cut diamond, along with our princess cut are really industry staples because they work with so many different settings and in so many ways….often a lot of the older cuts, while distinctive and gorgeous, limit or inhibit what is going to happen setting wise, and with the bridal industry being what it is I sincerely think there are a lot of potential grooms that live in mortal fear of making a mistake with such a life altering purchase.  If they’re flying blind, they’ve got two totally marvelous and really flexible options to work with where they can be confident buyers without assistance from their fiances.

Post # 15
530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

wait, maybe I’m missing something but my grandmother’s original engagement ring is the most beautiful princess cut made in the 1950’s. That is possible, right?

Post # 16
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I think all rounds look pretty much the same (at a glance), and “round” is just about the oldest, most versatile cut out there.

I have an OEC cut, I literally had no clue it was different until I got it appraised. I think a lot of bees may be just as clueless as me. 

@LadySmurph:  older square cuts are very similar to the official 80’s princess cut. I don’t think I could tell the difference. 

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