6ct Radiant (12×9×6) vs 6ct Emerald (12.14×8.99×5.84)

Diamond size comparison

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6 ct Radiant (12×9×6mm) 6 ct Emerald (12.14×8.99×5.84mm)
Cutting style
Mixed
Step cut
Weight
6 ct
6 ct
Measurements
12×9×6 mm
12.14×8.99×5.84 mm
Total depth
66.7% OK
65% OK
L/W ratio
1.33
1.35
Face-up size
Adequate
Adequate
 
This diamond LOOKS its weight!
This diamond LOOKS its weight!
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Actual diamond size
Before purchasing a diamond, one should make sure it looks its weight. It's important to understand that carat weight does not equal face-up size.

Two diamonds of exactly the same weight (and shape) can vary quite considerably in face-up size. This depends on the proportions of the cut (e.g., deep cuts will face up smaller).

Here you can see the actual sizes of 6ct Radiant (12×9×6mm) and 6ct Emerald (12.14×8.99×5.84mm) as they would appear on a ring and finger.

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Ring on a left finger
6ct Radiant on a left ring
64 mm
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Ring on a right finger
6ct Emerald on a right ring
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Ring
Gold
Skin tone
Light
Ring diameter
16.9 mm
Ring width
3.0 mm
Finger length
64 mm
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6ct Emerald side view Side view of ring
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Face-up area
102.6 mm²  (±4%)
103.68 mm²  (±4%)
Face-up area is a measure of the size of the diamond when viewed from the top (as set in a ring).

It tells you how big the diamond is at the girdle plane. It's important for a diamond to have sufficient face-up size for its carat weight.
Face-up size outline
Face-up size outline
6ct Radiant (12×9×6mm)
6ct Emerald (12.14×8.99×5.84mm)
Difference: 1.08mm² (1%)
6 carat Emerald (12.14×8.99×5.84mm) has approx. 1% more face-up area than 6 carat Radiant (12×9×6mm).
Face-up area per carat
17.1 mm²/ct
17.28 mm²/ct
To learn about the accuracy of these numbers, click here.


Quick Buying Guide

Diamond prices vary greatly as they depend on the combination of unique characteristics (4Cs - Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat). For best value, it's important to choose the combination that will reduce the price without having a negative impact on appearance.

Each shape has its own recommended balance of qualities that will give you the most bang for your buck. Below is a quick buying guide to give you an idea, but for more detailed explanation, please see the complete buying guides for the respective diamonds (links below).
6ct Radiant (12×9×6mm)
6ct Emerald (12.14×8.99×5.84mm)
Price (best value)
Min. clarity
SI or better
VS or better
Min. color (platinum setting)
H+
H+
Min. color (yellow gold setting)
J+
I+
Depth percentage
59 - 70%
60 - 69%
Table percentage
58 - 70%
58 - 69%
Length-to-width ratio
1.00 - 1.35
1.25 - 1.65
Min. polish/symmetry
Good or better
Good or better
 Detailed buying guide

Additional Info

6ct Radiant (12×9×6mm)
6ct Emerald (12.14×8.99×5.84mm)
Face-up size
Normal for 6 carat Radiant
Normal for 6 carat Emerald
Facets
usually between 62 - 70
usually 58
Length
12 mm
12.14 mm
Width
9 mm
8.99 mm
Depth
6 mm
5.84 mm
Gram weight
1.2 g (0.0423 ounces)
1.2 g (0.0423 ounces)
Points
600 pts
600 pts
Volume
340.91 mm³
340.91 mm³


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Depth percentage for 6 carat Radiant (12×9×6mm)

Depth percentage of Radiant cut is the ratio of the total depth (measured from table to culet) to its width. The total depth percentage of this diamond is 66.7%, which is OK. (Recommended depth percentage for Radiants is between 59% and 70%)

Depth percentage for radiants is calculated with the following formula:
Depth % = (total depth ÷ width) × 100

6 carat Radiant (12×9×6mm) depth %:
Total depth: 6 mm
Width = 9 mm
Depth % = (6 ÷ 9 ) × 100 = 66.7%

Depth percentage for 6 carat Emerald (12.14×8.99×5.84mm)

Depth percentage of Emerald cut is the ratio of the total depth (measured from table to culet) to its width. The total depth percentage of this diamond is 65%, which is OK. (Recommended depth percentage for Emeralds is between 60% and 69%)

Depth percentage for emeralds is calculated with the following formula:
Depth % = (total depth ÷ width) × 100

6 carat Emerald (12.14×8.99×5.84mm) depth %:
Total depth: 5.84 mm
Width = 8.99 mm
Depth % = (5.84 ÷ 8.99 ) × 100 = 65%

About Depth Percentage
Depth percentage is one of the most important measurements as it plays a critical role in diamond's appearance. If a diamond is cut too deep or too shallow, light leaks out, making the stone less brilliant and fiery. Deep cuts also add hidden weight.

Diamonds that fall out of recommended depth range are generally less desirable and usually best to be avoided.


Face-up size evaluation for 6 carat Radiant (12×9×6mm)

The face-up size of this 6 carat Radiant (12×9×6mm) is within the normal range for 6ct diamonds of this shape. Compared to 6ct Radiant reference diamond (see below), this diamond is of adequate size when viewed from the top. In short, all is OK, this diamond looks its weight.

The importance of face-up size
Diamonds are sold by weight (carats), but it's important to understand that weight doesn't equally translate into physical size, especially spread. Two diamonds of the same carat weight can vary greatly in spread, meaning that one diamond can appear larger than the other, even though they weight exactly the same.

Proper face-up size should play an important role when buying a diamond. When a diamond is set in a ring, your eyes will only see the face-up area, so you should make sure it's of adequate size. Adequate size also indicates a good cut, meaning better light performance. For example, if given a choice between a poorly cut 6 carat Radiant with less sparkle and the same face-up size as a well cut 5.7ct Radiant, which one would you choose?

The bottom line: A diamond must look its weight. This one does. Thumbs up.

6 carat Radiant reference diamond
Since there are no specific ideal proportions defined for Radiant cuts, an estimation formula is used to calculate the Radiant reference diamond.
Parameters:
Weight: 6ct
Depth: 64%
L/W ratio: 1
 
Calculated values:
Length: 10.5 mm
Width: 10.5 mm
Depth: 6.72 mm
*Est. face-up area: 104.74 mm²
Note: Radiant diamonds with face-up area of within 9% lower and 12% higher than reference Radiant diamond area are considered to be of adequate face-up size.
* Estimated Face-up area: Face-up area of Radiant cuts is only an estimation (±4%). Due to uniqueness of each stone, it's impossible to accurately calculate face-up area given only a diamond's measurements.
To learn more about diamond size evaluation, click here.


Face-up size evaluation for 6 carat Emerald (12.14×8.99×5.84mm)

The face-up size of this 6 carat Emerald (12.14×8.99×5.84mm) is within the normal range for 6ct diamonds of this shape. Compared to 6ct Emerald reference diamond (see below), this diamond is of adequate size when viewed from the top. In short, all is OK, this diamond looks its weight.

The importance of face-up size
Diamonds are sold by weight (carats), but it's important to understand that weight doesn't equally translate into physical size, especially spread. Two diamonds of the same carat weight can vary greatly in spread, meaning that one diamond can appear larger than the other, even though they weight exactly the same.

Proper face-up size should play an important role when buying a diamond. When a diamond is set in a ring, your eyes will only see the face-up area, so you should make sure it's of adequate size. Adequate size also indicates a good cut, meaning better light performance. For example, if given a choice between a poorly cut 6 carat Emerald with less sparkle and the same face-up size as a well cut 5.7ct Emerald, which one would you choose?

The bottom line: A diamond must look its weight. This one does. Thumbs up.

6 carat Emerald reference diamond
Since there are no specific ideal proportions defined for Emerald cuts, an estimation formula is used to calculate the Emerald reference diamond.
Parameters:
Weight: 6ct
Depth: 65%
L/W ratio: 1.35
 
Calculated values:
Length: 12.14 mm
Width: 8.99 mm
Depth: 5.84 mm
*Est. face-up area: 103.68 mm²
Note: Emerald diamonds with face-up area of within 9% lower and 12% higher than reference Emerald diamond area are considered to be of adequate face-up size.
* Estimated Face-up area: Face-up area of Emerald cuts is only an estimation (±4%). Due to uniqueness of each stone, it's impossible to accurately calculate face-up area given only a diamond's measurements.
To learn more about diamond size evaluation, click here.


Face-up Area per Carat

Face-up area per carat is calculated by dividing face-up area of the diamond with its carat weight. It tells you how many square millimeters of the top surface area a diamond is showing or would show for 1 carat weight. This can be useful when comparing stones of similar weights as it tells you how much spread per carat you will get.

Note: Face-up size does not linearly grow with carat weight, which means the heavier the stone, the smaller its face-up area per carat (e.g., 1ct stone will have higher face-up area per carat than 2ct stone).

Face-up area per carat for 6ct Radiant (12×9×6mm):
Top surface area = 102.6 mm²
Weight = 6ct

Face-up area per carat = 102.6 ÷ 6 = 17.1mm²/ct

Face-up area per carat for 6ct Emerald (12.14×8.99×5.84mm):
Top surface area = 103.68 mm²
Weight = 6ct

Face-up area per carat = 103.68 ÷ 6 = 17.28mm²/ct

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