By Ashley Bailey
, Sunday, October 22, 2006
Ideal Cut Diamonds - The Culture of Quality
The ideal diamond cut is the most important and perhaps the most misunderstood and controversial of the 4Cs. Diamond dealers refer to cut as make, and it is the only feature of a diamond that can be controlled by man. The craftsmen at Whiteflash ensure that every Whiteflash A Cut Above Hearts & Arrows diamond attains the height of beauty and workmanship and therefore sells only perfectly cut round brilliant diamonds.
Precision cutting is required to maximize the true brilliance of a diamond. When we talk about ideal cut, we are referring to much more than just the shape of a diamond. We are talking about the exact angles, proportions, symmetry, and polish that affect the way a diamond reflects light. In the case of Whiteflash A Cut Above Hearts & Arrows diamonds, precision is of the essence. For maximum brilliance to occur, there should be absolute symmetry in the placing of the facets and the highest quality of polishing. The term "ideal cut" does not only refer to proportions but as much to symmetry and polish. That goes for all diamonds, including ideal princess diamonds. When the diamond is cut to acquire ideal performance the brilliance, scintillation and dispersion of light is maximized.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit and witness the cutting procedure of a hearts and arrows diamond, you would be amazed by the skill of the craftsmen. Each craftsman checks his work every few seconds or so to ensure he remains within the tight tolerances allowed for Hearts & Arrows diamonds.
Ideal Diamond Cut Measurements
An accurately proportioned stone will attract the highest price per carat. When the diamond is cut to gain weight, or spread to make it look larger than it is, it will be too deep or too shallow. Ideal princess cut diamonds, for example, will be brilliant in any light.
The ideal diamond cut is performed with such precision that light entering the diamond reflects internally from facet to facet and is reflected back only through the top, creating optimum brilliance. If a diamond is not cut to ideal performance parameters the light entering the diamond from the top will disperse through the sides and bottom of the stone, and the diamond will appear watery, glassy and dark-without sparkle or fire-regardless of its color or clarity.