What is a Hearts and Arrows Diamond?
In the beginning there were diamonds. They formed 100 million years ago at tremendous depth and pressure and were brought to the surface of the earth by extremely isolated volcanic events. Phenomenally rare and precious, diamonds are also the hardest of all known substances. But it is their capacity for incredible beauty that makes them treasures of a lifetime.
The full essence of a diamond can only be revealed through the skill and craftsmanship of man. Faceting and polishing a diamond unleashes a diamond’s fire and brilliance. Ultra-precise cutting by the most skilled master craftsmen is the key to unlocking the full radiance of a diamond.
The Whiteflash A CUT ABOVE® diamond is at the pinnacle of diamond cut quality, taking light performance to the extreme. From every angle in any lighting situation, an A CUT ABOVE® diamond will outshine all others, expressing the full beauty of the gem within. With each glance it will sparkle and flash, putting on its own magical light show. It has a dynamic personality reflected in each new moment, gathering light from the dimmest places and scintillating with fire in sparks of spectral color.
Exhaustively Analyzed for Superior Quality and Performance
|The A CUT ABOVE® is the most carefully crafted, comprehensively analyzed and thoroughly reviewed diamond in the world. It starts with the selection of high quality rough diamond crystals, and world-class skill and attention to detail by master cutters working with state-of-the-art technology in ultra-modern facilities.
- AGSL Triple Ideal
- Branded Platinum Certificate
- Negligible Fluorescence
- Laser Inscription
- Lifetime 100% Trade-Up
- Light Performance Imaging
- ISO 9000 Certified Review
- Ultimate Cut Craftsmanship
|The polished diamonds are then transported to the American Gem Society Laboratories (AGSL) for complete gemological review and certification and must pass their multi-level quality control process. Diamonds that attain the grade of AGS Triple Ideal are then analyzed by the Whiteflash review panel consisting of at least two staff graduate gemologists. The Whiteflash review involves additional light performance tests such as Ideal Scope, ASET Scope, and Hearts and Arrows Scope as well as verification that the diamond meets dozens of additional parameters eliminating diamonds with any cut quality or light performance defects.
A final intensive visual inspection ensures that only the very finest cut diamonds in the world, and only those of extraordinary beauty, achieve the distinction of A CUT ABOVE®.
The Ultimate Diamond Pedigree and Conclusive Imaging Proof of Performance
The King of the Whiteflash “Royal Family” is the A CUT ABOVE® Round Hearts and Arrows Super Ideal Diamond. Meticulously crafted by master diamond cutters in Antwerp Belgium to Whiteflash specifications, these diamonds are absolutely the “best of the best”. In addition to meeting all required specifications and passing all imaging tests, the A CUT ABOVE® Round must exhibit a perfect pattern of Hearts and Arrows pattern demonstrating that it has been cut to precise three-dimensional symmetry. Perfect optical symmetry insures that the diamond is perfectly “tuned”, with each tiny facet precisely aligned in relation to all other facets, allowing the diamond to reflect, refract and return to the eye the maximum quantity and quality of light technically possible.
Joining the A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Diamonds in the Whiteflash “Royal Family” is the A CUT ABOVE® Princess. As a true Super Ideal it must pass tests and reviews above and beyond the foundational requirement of being a certified AGS Ideal. Because no other major laboratory performs cut quality analysis on Princess diamonds, and because receiving a grade of AGS Ideal for a princess is exceedingly difficult in and of itself, the A CUT ABOVE® Princess is an extraordinarily rare and special diamond. The Whiteflash panel review requires additional parameters and requirements to be met ensuring that only diamonds with world-class performance are designated to be A CUT ABOVE® Princess.
In order to receive the A CUT ABOVE® brand, a diamond must first receive the coveted grade of Triple Ideal from the American Gem Society Laboratory (AGSL). The AGSL is the most exacting and demanding laboratory in the world with respect to diamond cut quality analysis, and extremely few diamonds in the world are awarded the AGS Ideal certificate.
The diamond must then pass an additional battery of tests including light performance imaging and careful visual review, in order to be declared an A CUT ABOVE®. It is estimated that less than 1 out of 10 AGS Triple Ideal diamonds will meet all the requirements of membership in the elite A CUT ABOVE® category, making it the most exclusive super ideal diamond in the world. For more details please see our page on the technical qualifications and specifications of A CUT ABOVE® diamonds.
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