bril·liant cut | ˈbril-yənt ˈkət
Brilliant cut is the standard cut style for diamonds and consists of a total of 58 facets: 1 table, 8 bezel facets, 8 star facets, 16 upper-girdle facets on the crown, 8 pavilion facets, 16 lower-girdle facets and usually a culet on the pavilion or base
If you want a piece of jewelry with a round stone that sparkles and shines like none other, you should consider a piece with a brilliant-cut stone. The brilliant cut is an increasingly popular round cut for diamonds and other gemstones, especially for jewelry pieces with larger stones. With this type of round gemstone and diamond cut, the stone has multiple facets created into it which increases its brilliance refractive impact (BRI). The brilliant cut for diamonds and gemstones is relatively new. It was first pioneered in 1919 by Belgian jewelry maker Marcel Tolkowsky. Today, a diamond or gemstone with a modern round brilliant cut contains 58 facets, which is what gives the stone its shine, sparkle, and the rainbow effect it emits when it catches a ray of light. Brilliant cut diamonds are an especially popular choice in today’s day and age for engagement rings or gemstone statement rings.