A diamond's cut affects how much it sparklesSpeak With a Specialist
Cut, is the most complex factor affecting a diamond’s price. Diamond cutting is still done by human hands. When a diamond cutter facets a stone, he or she must make difficult decisions about how large it will be, what shape it will become, and how many imperfections will be left in the final product. After these decisions are made, it is the craftsmanship and fine motor skills of the diamond cutter that determines how much the stone will sparkle and how much attention it will draw. A well cut diamond will "dance" even on a dark night. The slightest mistake can ruin a diamond’s symmetry and in doing so dramatically decline the beauty and price of the stone. Even a flawless and colorless stone can become dull when badly cut.
When properly cut a diamond will send almost all of the light that comes into it back out of its top. If improperly cut, some to most of the light will exit out of the bottom or side of the stone. A properly cut diamond will have symmetrical facets (the windows and mirrors of the stone), good proportions (not too deep or too shallow), and careful finishing details (like flawless polishing and permanent treatments). If properly cut, the diamond will return a white shaft of light from its top (called brilliance), sparkle every time that it moves (called scintillation), and send rainbows out of its many facets (called fire or dispersion).
These three elements of a diamond’s light mix in unique and fascinating ways and it is solely a matter of preference from person to person as to what the best mixture is. Another matter of preference is the shape that a diamond is cut into. Any shape other than a classic round is called a “fancy cut”.
Fancy cut diamonds make a very strong statement and are a beautiful and different way to uniquely represent your personality.