Recently, K. Rosengart announced that we added a new quality of diamonds to our assortment of goods. In my email, I referred to the diamonds as "Brilliant Melee at Brilliant Prices." This verbiage seems to have caused some confusion... and created a great opportunity to write about what exactly brilliant melee is!

First of all, diamond industry terms can be misleading. It is incredibly easy to mix up terms in the diamond business, so don't feel foolish if you need clarification.

Brilliant Melee Defined | K. Rosengart

What Is a Brilliant Diamond?

According to Wikipedia, a "brilliant" is a diamond or other gemstone cut in a particular form with numerous facets so as to have exceptional brilliance. The shape resembles that of a cone and provides maximized light return through the top of the diamond.

What Is Brilliant Melee?

When I speak about brilliant melee, I am simply referring to the actual shape (round) of the diamond and the fact that it has more sparkle and shine. This should not be confused with the actual color and clarity of the diamond.

In my aforementioned announcement, I stated that I have added a new quality of brilliant diamond melee. When diamond melee specialists speak about the quality of a diamond, we are referring to the actual color, clarity, or cut grade.

Round Brilliant Cuts

In addition, all round stone diamonds are refereed to as brilliant cuts. The round brilliant cut has 58 facets (including the culet) and offers exceptional white light reflection, also know as brilliance.

Now, keep in mind not all brilliant cuts look the same. Yes, they are all round and that's the key word -- round.

In order to maximize the brilliance, we need to dive deeper into the cut grade. Although all brilliant cuts have the same amount of facets, it's important to choose a diamond where the symmetry and polish are very good or excellent so the impact of the brilliance is not obscured.

In Conclusion


  • Brilliant cut is the round diamond
  • Brilliance definition refers to great brightness and luster

I am so pleased that we can offer brilliant diamonds (round stones) at brilliant prices (play on words) with exceptional brilliance in lower color and clarity! So, to review, you can receive the same brightness and luster in a excellent cut round diamond but lower color and clarity when buying from K. Rosengart.
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