The cut of a diamond should not be confused with its shape. Shapes are cut from the original rough diamond and whatever the shape, a well-cut diamond will always be able to reflect light better.
Cut Is About Proportions
The brilliance (light return), fire (dispersion of light) and scintillation (sparkle) are hugely dependent on the cut of the diamond. It is the only aspect that is directly influenced by man. When a diamond is cut to the right proportions, light is reflected from one facet to another and then dispersed through the top of the stone.
How Are Cut Grades Assigned?
Diamond cut grades are assigned as per the diamond cut grades established by the Gemological Institute of America. They are only provided for Round shapes. Diamonds assigned ideal, excellent or very good cut grades are considered well cut. Other cuts that prevail are good, fair or poor cut.
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How Light Passes Through The Diamond
Please view the diagram below, which illustrates how light passes through different types of cuts.
Types of diamond cut:
Ideal or Excellent CutA very rare and excellent quality diamond. Diamonds with ideal or excellent cut reflect almost all the light that enters.
Very Good CutThe light reflected is nearly the same when compared to ideal or excellent cut diamonds, but attracts a lower price.
Good CutGood cut reflects most of the light that enters. Such diamonds are available at a lower cost and thereby make it amore affordable option compared to ideal or very good cut diamonds.
Fair CutA fair cut diamond typically reflects a small portion of light. This cut is still considered to be a better quality of diamond. Thesediamonds have been cut to maximise the carat weight over most other considerations and are therefore better value for money.
Poor CutThis diamond cut is generally a diamond that has been cut too deep or too shallow. When this occurs thediamond will lose significant amounts of light. A major benefit of this type of diamond is the price. A diamond that is apoor cut will be significantly lower inprice than any other diamond cut grade.
Using Independent Certification
If you're looking to specify a particular type of cut, you can ask for an IGI/GIA option which will allow you to narrow it down to exactly which cut quality you require.
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