Diamond Cut

Diamond Cut

The breathtaking beauty of a diamond comes from a combination of fire (that flash of rainbow colors that comes from within) and brilliance (the burst of sparkling light). This dazzling beauty is a direct result of the diamond's cut. The last of the four C's, cut is a little more complicated than just the shape or visible outline of the diamond. Cut also refers to a diamond's faceting as well as the diamond's symmetry, proportion, and finish (known in the trade as the "make").

There are three basic styles of diamond faceting: brilliant cut, step cut, and mixed cut.

· Designed for maximum diamond sparkle, the brilliant cut uses many triangular and kite-shaped facets.
· Instead of sparkle, a step cut aims to increase a diamond's elegance with fewer facets and more trapezoids and rectangles.
· A mixed cut combines the step and brilliant cut styles for a uniquely beautiful diamond.
All diamonds are cut to certain tolerances designed to maximize the play of light within the stone. If the stone varies too greatly from the accepted standards, light is lost through bottom or sides, reducing the diamond's liveliness and overall beauty. As a general note, most full-cut round brilliant diamonds have either 57 or 58 facets, depending on the absence or presence of a culet (the bottom-most facet or "point" of a stone).


Diamond Buying Tip: The main point to remember when shopping for diamonds is to choose a stone that looks beautiful to you. Different people have different preferences for styles, shapes, colors, and sizes.


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