All about Diamond Cuts

Cutting of a diamond takes extreme precision and patience.

Perfectly cut diamonds will reflect light entering from the top or "table," refract the light in a balanced manner throughout the diamond, and exit the light back out through the top portion of the diamond.

The quality of a diamonds cut and its proportions can have a significant effect on its price.

How sparkly diamonds are is described as thier Brilliance, Scintillation and Fire.

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BRILLIANCE

- is an essential attribute of a beautiful diamond and has 2 components; brightness and contrast.

•Most Brilliant: Round. The modern round brilliant consists of 58 facets; 33 on the crown (the top half above the middle of the stone) and 25 on the pavilion (the lower half below the girdle).

•Extremely Brilliant: Oval, Marquise and Pear.

•Very Brilliant: Heart and Princess.

•Brilliant: Cushion, Emerald, Asscher and Radiant.

•Less Brilliant: Baguette cut.

SCINTILLATION

-is the intense sparkles in a diamond as it moves. Ideally a diamond has many pleasing flashes spread across the surface of the stone, with few dull dead patches.

FIRE

- or dispersed light appears as flashes of rainbow colours.