Learning About Diamond Cut
The ‘four Cs’ describe the four major elements of a diamond. They are cut, color, carat, and clarity. Each of the ‘four Cs’ interacts with all of the others to influence the appearance and value of a diamond. Cut is one of the most important elements determining the overall brilliance and ‘fire’ of a diamond. Diamond cutting is an extremely complex and advanced science. At Stewart Kuper Jewelers we are dedicated to helping you make the right decision when you are buying a diamond. As part of that, we want to educate you on the nature of diamond cut and the importance it plays in overall brilliance.
Round Brilliant Cut
The round brilliant cut was developed in 1919 by a mathematician named Marcel Tolkowsky. He used mathematical calculations to determine that the round cut was the ideal way to shape a diamond so that it would reflect the most light upwards, through its crown, when observed from above. Cut is graded on a scale from ‘excellent’ all the way to ‘poor.’ Excellent cut diamonds reflect almost every iota of light that enters them. They sparkle with an incredible brilliance. A number of factors contribute to cut quality, including girdle width, culet size, polish, and symmetry.
Advice for Buying
We can tell you all about the complex process of cutting diamonds, but that doesn’t really matter in the long run. What does matter, is actually buying a diamond. Because we care about your diamond buying experience and we want you to have a stone you will treasure for the rest of your life, we want to help you maximize value. Cut is the most important element influencing the overall appearance of your stone. For the most sparkle and fire, you can opt for a smaller carat diamond with a higher quality cut.
Whatever your needs, Stewart Kuper Jewelers will have the right stone for you.