DIAMOND FACTS | DIAMOND BUYING GUIDE
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In its natural state, a diamond's beauty is generally concealed.
While nature determines a diamond's color, clarity, and carat weight,
the hand of a master craftsman is needed to release its fire and
beauty. What draws out its brilliance is the cut of the diamond,
which under ideal circumstances maximizes the optical properties
within the diamond, particularly its ability to refract light and
Not to be
confused with the shape of a diamond, cut refers to the arrangement
of a diamond's facets. A diamond that is "ideal cut"
captures and releases the maximum play of light. The cut gives each
diamond its unique sparkle and brilliance by allowing the maximum
amount of light to enter and reflect back out of the diamond.
To achieve an
ideal cut, the diamond cutter must adhere to a whole series of
exacting tolerances. Those tolerances, in turn, may well mean that
much of the rough diamond has to be cut away. For that reason, ideal
cut diamonds are the exception rather than the rule. In fact, fewer
than 1% of all diamonds are cut to ideal proportions. Consequently,
you're likely to find ideal cut diamonds in only the finest stores.