Diamond cut: What brings out the brilliance?
No matter how large a diamond you buy, it is nothing if it is poorly cut. The diamond cut is the most important C among the 4Cs of a diamond (cut, clarity, carat, colour). Not only does it give the diamond a good shape but it also makes the stone shine.
What makes a diamond shine?
The brilliance of the diamond depends on the way it has been cut and polished. If the stone already has lots of inclusions and blemishes, cutting it to perfection won’t help. It is important to know that the better the diamond’s appearance, the more expensive the stone.
A grading scale helps one know which cut they would choose for their stone. It starts with a ‘Poor’ cut and moves on to Fair, Good, Very Good and Excellent. For obvious reasons, no one chooses a ‘Poor’. Consumers usually go for a Good or Very Good.
However, it is the ‘Excellent’ that is called the ideal one and rightly so. The best diamond jewellers and brands always use either a Very Good or Excellent cut.
Diamond cut & shape
The form of some diamonds is called its shape, eg., a pear-shaped diamond. The shape actually refers to the appearance or form of the diamond while the other term is more technical. It determines its brilliance and how the stone reacts to light.
While the price difference between diamond shapes may not be much, the difference in the cut affects pricing considerably. This is because the latter decides the quality of the diamond.
The Ex.Ex.Ex Plus
The diamond ring on your finger looks fabulous because a diamantaire has worked hard on the stone. Most of us know about the ‘Excellent’ quality grade.
Divine Solitaires diamonds use the Ex.Ex.Ex. Plus cut which stands for excellent cut, excellent polish and excellent symmetry.
Each Divine Solitaires diamond uses the Ex.Ex.Ex Plus cut irrespective of the shape. It evokes the skill of the most experienced artisans to deliver this quality.
It is a combination of the best cut, best polish and precision that gives a diamond a superior shine like no other. A very high-quality polish plays an equally important part in giving a stone the best sparkle.
The Hearts & Arrows pattern
A circular pattern of 8 Hearts and 8 Arrows is seen in a perfectly crafted diamond. A Hearts & Arrows viewer shows the Hearts from the culet and the Arrows from the table of the diamond.
Only about 1% of the world’s diamonds have the Hearts & Arrows pattern. Since it is only visible in symmetrical shapes, this pattern is best seen in the classic round brilliant.
Each and every Divine Solitaires’ round brilliant cut diamond has the H&A pattern.
The Hearts & Arrows pattern in a diamond is a result of the most perfect cut. Moreover, the pattern has to be clearly defined and not blurred. Only then can it qualify as a real Hearts & Arrows diamond.
Even when the diamond polish is not up to the mark, the pattern will not stand out clearly.
Gone are the days when people bought diamonds just for their rarity. It is mainly their brilliance and fire that makes them so attractive and alluring.