In the 4 C' s of Diamonds, Diamond Cut Is the Most
The techniques of
diamond cutting have not changed much in over 500 years. It still begins with carefully studying the diamond
and observing the way it handles light. A diamond is the hardest substance known to man and because of this
only a diamond can cut another diamond.
Two stones are used to
shape each other, a primary stone and a secondary stone. Even the grinding wheels used to polish a stone are
The cut of a diamond is
generally considered by most experts to be the most important of the 4 C' s.
The 4 C' s refer to the cut, clarity, color, and carat weight and are the factors used to
assign value to a particular stone. Let's take a closer look at the cut to understand why it is so
When people refer to a
round cut or a princess cut diamond what they are talking about is the shape. The cut of a diamond should not
be confused with a diamond's shape. The cut of a diamond refers to the quality of the proportioning,
symmetry, and polish which affects the way light enters the diamond, is refracted within the diamond, and how
it exits the diamond. The cut gives a diamond its fire and brilliance.
When a diamond is cut
perfectly, light enters in through the top of the diamond and then exits back out through the top of the
diamond giving a maximum brilliance. If the diamond is cut too deeply or too shallow some of the light will
leak out on the sides or the bottom of the stone causing it to be less brilliant.
is an illustration of how the type of cut reflects light through a diamond.
Experts consider cut to
be the most valuable of the 4 C' s because the brilliance of a stone is what gives it its beauty and many
experts would tell you that a perfectly cut, brilliant stone will allow you to compromise on some other areas
and still have a beautiful and valuable diamond but if the cut is bad and the diamond does not have that
fire, the color, clarity, and carat size simply won't matter much. Never compromise on the
I would definitely
suggest you get at least a good cut diamond but preferably an ideal or brilliant cut. This is the most
important choice you'll have to make.
here to visit a wholesale diamond dealer that has many brilliant cut diamonds for
very good prices.
I got mine for $1500 below retail.