The cut of a diamond determines its brilliance however, there is no one single measurement that defines a diamond's cut, but rather a collection of observations and measurements. Using an optical measuring device and sophisticated computer modeling, the relationship between the dimensions, finish and light performance of the diamond is determined. This makes it possible to trace light behavior that affects the diamond's face-up appearance. Many gemologists consider the cut one of the most important of the Four C's. The reason being, that even if a diamond has perfect color and clarity, if the diamond is poorly cut its brilliance can be diminished.
Two essential characteristics of the cutting process are a stone's polish and symmetry. Polish refers to the smoothness of the diamond's facets, and symmetry refers to the alignment of the stone's facets. Each diamond appraisal report will state the diamond's polish and symmetry. Outrageous Diamonds only sells stones whose polish and symmetry is a minimum grading of Good (G) or better.
In many cases, the visual difference between diamond cuts may be imperceptible to the unaided eye. Of course Ideal and Excellent cut diamonds are known to return the most light- and are therefore considered the most valuable stones, however, diamonds that fall within the Very Good to Good range will still return a tremendous amount of light. In fact, the Very Good - Good range represents the balance between accurate proportions and price considerations.
What Cut is Right for Me?
- For the expert, perfectionist or diamond connoisseur - an Ideal - Excellent Cut is the number one characteristic to look for in the diamond purchase. You will pay up for a stone that has Ideal or Excellent proportions.
- For the person looking for a great value, purchase a stone that falls within the Very Good/Good range. Remember, the differences between cut are not easily discernible to the unaided eye, so this grading will allow you a bright fiery stone without compromising.
- If you are looking for a large diamond on a budget- consider a diamond with a shallow cut, since its surface area faces up greater, it will give you the appearance of a slightly larger stone.
- Outrageous Diamonds does not sell stones that are poorly cut, so your diamond will always have the life you'd expect from a diamond.