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Sunday 17 November 2013

Know your Diamonds!

“When the night was finally done,
The day shone its bright light,
One thing reminded us of the night,
A diamond, with moonlight sparkling through!” Author Unknown

Words cannot do justice to the splendor and majesty of a diamond. In any shape or size, a diamond always sets the wearer a cut above the crowd. Call it nature’s miracle or the jeweler’s craft, a beautifully cut diamond, worn simply as a solitaire pendant, or ring, simply elevates the most mundane outfit, into a style statement. So whether you possess the Hope Diamond, or a single diamond ring as a sign of your significant other’s unyielding affection, with a diamond you possess a piece of eternity.

The shape that a diamond is cut in makes it suitable for a particular type of jewelry. Be it a ring, a pendant or a pair of earrings, certain cuts of diamonds are better suited to a particular kind of jewelry than certain other cuts.

In this, the final part of our series on the world’s most desirable diamond cuts, we will take an in-depth look at the Heart Shaped Diamond. We will understand its uses, examine it vis-a-vis other diamonds and learn a bit about its history.

Heart Shaped Diamonds:
The modified brilliant-cut heart shaped diamond is a unique and unmistakable symbol of love. Heart shaped diamonds are very popular in solitaire pendants as well as rings. When choosing a heart, symmetry is a very important characteristic, since it is critical that the two halves of the heart are identical. The cleft (between the two lobes) should be sharp and distinct, and the wings (the sides as they curve down to the point) should have a very slightly rounded shape.
Heart Shaped Diamond Ring

Heart shaped diamonds of less than .50 carats may not be a good choice, as the heart shape is more difficult to perceive in smaller diamonds, especially after they are set in prongs. For smaller hearts, a bezel or three prong setting (one prong on each lobe, one prong at the point) will better preserve the heart shape outline of the diamond after it is set.

Heart shaped diamonds come in a variety of silhouettes, from narrow to fat. The choice of a particular silhouette should be dictated by personal preference, though the length to width ratio of a classic heart shaped diamond is approximately 1.00. For hearts that are to be set in pendants, buyers may prefer a slightly narrow cut (1.05 - 1.15), while for hearts set in a solitaire ring, a slightly wide cut (.85 - 1.00) may be most appealing.

Glossary of terms: Things to remember when reading this series

There are certain recurring terms in this series that need to be understood in order to better comprehend both shapes and uses of the various cuts of diamonds.

Brilliant-Cut: Generally refers to a cut of diamonds of any shape with facets that are triangular or kite-shaped and that radiate from the centre. The most brilliant cut is round with 58 facets.

Fire: The light that reflects out of a diamond can appear in brilliant white flashes, or in a rainbow of color, referred to as fire.

Brilliance: Brilliance refers to the brightness of a diamond, created by the combination of all the white light reflections from the surface and the inside of a polished diamond to the eye.

Length to Width Ratio: The length to width (L/W) ratio is calculated by dividing a diamond's length (the longer measure) by its width (the shorter measure that runs perpendicular to length).


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