Almost everyone would love a diamond ring. The sparkle, the magic, the mystery is all there in that special stone. How important are diamond cuts to the style and beauty of your diamond ring?
Most people would struggle to tell the difference between a well-cut or cheaply made diamond. It’s all about a special thing called diamond cuts.
What exactly are diamond cuts?
A diamond cut is basically how well a diamond has been cut and polished. It doesn’t have anything to do with the shape of the diamond – such as pear or oval – it’s only about how symmetrical, well-proportioned and the quality of the polish.
The way a diamond is cut is of the most importance. Diamond cuts affect the overall brilliance of the diamond. If it is poorly or disproportionately cut, the diamond will be less luminous and poorer in value.
Cut is probably the most important of the 4Cs (that’s Cut, Carat, Colour and Clarity).
Any mistake in the cut can and will damage the value and look of the diamond.
This is particularly true with round diamonds. Even though they are all uniform in their shape, there can be a huge difference between a well-cut diamond and a poorly cut one.
For example, while one diamond may have a higher colour grading than another one, it will be the latter that looks more beautiful and brilliant if the diamond cut is done well and the first diamond is cut badly.
Diamond cuts are the make or break of the diamond itself.
The changes to diamonds and diamond cuts
The history of diamond cuts has been traced right back to the Middle Ages.
Using a special theory as the basis for diamond cutting didn’t fully develop until the start of the 20th Century. Creation and innovation in the design continued to develop over time until the present day. This has meant a whole variety of unique diamond cuts have emerged.
The diamond cut is the process of modifying and shaping the diamond crystal in a symmetrical arrangement. The skills of every diamond cutter include finding the best choice of cut after considering key factors, such as the shape and size of the crystal.
With the advances in technology such as laser cutting and using computer design, there are now diamond cuts whose complexity, aesthetic appeal, and reduction in waste were unthinkable in years gone by.
The growing popularity of the different diamond cuts
The most popular of diamond cuts is the modern round brilliant. The arrangements and proportions have been perfected by special analysis.
The round brilliant cut is made on a round stone with 58 facets.
A single cut is a simpler form of a round diamond cutting and is done with only 18 facets. Any other style of diamond cuts than the round brilliant or single cuts is called a fancy cut, or sometimes, a fancy shape.
Fancy cuts come in a variety of shapes, most of these resulted from the round brilliant.
The cut of a diamond is evaluated by specially trained graders. Higher grades are given to stones which have a symmetry and the proportions that are closest to the particular benchmark or ‘ideal’. It is this ideal the dictates the proportions and angles and the excellence of the polish.
The strictest standards are applied to the round brilliant cut; although its facet count does not vary, its proportions can.
Beware the diamond buyer
It can be easy to be tempted by the simple look of a diamond. They are a sparkling, dazzling and almost hypnotic gem.
You need to be aware of the pitfalls in buying just any diamond or diamond ring.
For example, the majority of fancy shaped diamonds on the market are usually poorly cut. Your chances of finding a truly well-cut diamond in a store are sadly, very limited.
That’s where you need to see a trusted jeweller – one who is happy to take you through all the pros and cons of the different diamond cuts without pushing you to buy.
That’s where Franco Jewellers stands out from the crowd.
Why it pays to go to Franco Jewellers
With Franco Jewellers, you’ll always know that the diamond ring you choose is of the highest quality, the very best craftsmanship and one you can treasure for all the years to come.
Enjoy the special one on one customer service that shows you how special you are.
Talk to Franco Jewellers today – because you can and because you’re worth it.