This is one of my favorite emerald shaped cuts. I want to share something with you from the website of the developer of this cut. I will take you directly to the page about his inspiration, but feel free to explore his company’s site while you are there. I had the pleasure of speaking with him way back in the late 70’s and I always appreciated not only his passion for his design, but for his kindness to a then young jeweler.
Here are the first few of paragraphs from his description of his inspiration:
Henry Grossbard equated his development of the Radiant Cut to a sculptor’s artistic design process. “An experienced craftsman can look into the rough stone and see the finished diamond,” he often explained. As an artist he sought to create the most exquisite square and rectangular shaped diamonds. “I didn’t create the radiant for weight retention,” Mr. Grossbard said, “I did it to create a beautiful diamond.”
As a master diamond cutter, he had been cutting diamonds for thirty years before he invented the Original Radiant Cut that made his legacy. In the early 1970s, emerald cuts had lost the public’s attention. Mr. Grossbard, however, always loved the elegant shape of the emerald cut.
“Since I was always a fan of this elegant shape, I wanted to create a new cut that retained the shape of a traditional emerald cut, but infused it with the brilliance people expected of their diamonds.”
While Mr. Grossbard was tragically killed some years ago by a hit and run driver, the beauty of his inspiration will live on forever.