Diamond Education: The Cut
Get the right cut for your diamond.
By Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry
Cut is often considered the most important of the four C's (cut, clarity, color, carat).
This is because the cut of a diamond determines its brilliance (the amount of light reflected).
If a diamond's cut is too shallow, the light that enters the diamond will leak out of the bottom.
If a diamond's cut is too deep, the light will reflect out of the side.
An "ideal" cut will reflect the maximum amount of light through the top of the diamond - created a radiant sparkle that travels straight back to the viewer's eye.
A critical factor in the cut of a diamond is symmetry – the alignment of its many facets (or surfaces) in relation to one another.
Grade of your Diamond:
Leading gem laboratories such as the Gemological Institute of American (GIA) and the European Gemological Laboratory (EGL USA) grade diamonds according to the quality of their cut. They are graded on a scale from "poor" to "excellent". The diamond chosen for your engagement ring should at least have a grading of "fair".
Information courtesy of http://www.solomonbrothers.com/
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