Diamond Sparkle - Why do diamonds sparkle?
By Judi Kipner Wolf , Monday, February 18, 2013
“Finding truth – finding love, these diamonds sparkle from lights above
” author unknown.
A lovely thought, but the real question is; Why do diamonds sparkle
and which diamond sparkles the most? Aside from their monetary and sentimental value, the sparkle of a diamond is what makes them so breathtakingly beautiful. Everything in the world and in the universe that glitters and glows is compared to the brilliance of a diamond. Even as babies, we all heard the song; “Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, like a DIAMOND in the sky”.
And today everything in jewelry is about “bling”- aka diamond sparkle!
Webster defines sparkle as; “giving or reflecting bright moving points of light, and the ability to glitter and shine.” But what is it that makes a diamond sparkle? It’s not the shape,
the weight or even the color of the diamond. Diamonds in the rough have a dull and unremarkable appearance- even those with top color and clarity. Nature created this miraculous crystal of pure carbon, but it’s up to the skill and expertise of man (or woman) to unlock the amazing sparkle locked inside. The secret is all in the CUT. An ideal cut diamond
will gather light from even the dimmest sources and return that light back to the eye in flashes of white and colored light. The round ideal cut requires 57 or 58 accurately aligned facets polished to a mirror finish. The precision of each facet is what will determine the amount of sparkle in the diamond. Those amazing flashes of light you see coming from the diamond ring far across the room is an effect called diamond scintillation. This happens when the diamond, the surrounding light, or the person viewing the diamond moves. Diamonds that are not well cut will allow light to escape and very little sparkle or scintillation will occur.
If you want the ultimate sparkle in your bling, look for a certified diamond that has been graded by a known and trusted laboratory. The American Gem Society Laboratories (AGSL)
preforms the most stringent cut quality analysis of any laboratory in the entire world. High quality diamonds graded as AGS Ideal (or AGS 0) will sparkle like you can’t believe!
The Whiteflash A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows
diamonds are super ideal diamonds that are consistently praised by industry experts all over the world for incredible light performance. Strict standards and rigid requirements in cut quality make every A CUT ABOVE®
diamond one that will sparkle and turn heads wherever you go. In candlelight, daylight or almost no light at all the A CUT ABOVE® will outshine everything around it.
If you live near or travel to Houston, Texas you are cordially invited to visit the beautiful Whiteflash Showroom
for an up-close and personal look at these extraordinary diamonds. You will see sparkle at its blingiest and ideal diamonds at their very best.
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