Heart cut diamonds are very popular as the heart is the shape associated with love and all things romantic. Diamonds in and of themselves symbolize love, and so does the heart, so it’s like a double incentive for you to consider getting one. Not surprisingly, this particular shape is especially popular for anniversary gifts and engagement rings.
But, what’s a heart shaped diamond really? It is basically a pear with a cleft at the top. It differs from a pear shaped diamond in that, in its rounded end, it has a cleft.
This is what forms the heart’s lobes and defines the lovely shape. So, in addition to the roundness of the lobes, the shape definition and outline, hearts don’t usually present a bowtie across its body as compared to the pears or ovals.
To get a diamond with better clarity quality, many cutters may choose to cut the rough stone in a heart shape over the pear. Cutters typically opt to do this when there is a presence of a natural inclusion in the rough diamond at the location of the cleft.
The look is exactly what the name implies – that is, they have a cardioid girdle. Even though a few aspects might be overlooked in the process of cutting fancy shaped stones, the actual process is not changed in great detail. In the beginning, some very large basic facets are cut and these will serve as a basis for further smaller facets.
Did you know that the shape that a polished diamond is planned in such a way that the original rough stone would be used as efficiently as possible?
Most cutters will not sacrifice a rough that could be the “mother” of a larger round brilliant just to cut a heart shaped stone and a few tiny diamonds. The reason behind this is that the value of a diamond increases exponentially with the growth of weight: two 1 carat stones are worth a lot less than a two carat stone.
The other underlying reason lies in demand. Compared to the round brilliants, heart shaped diamonds don’t sell as fast as the rounds. Priority is always given to cut a round diamond if the rough stone permits.
When heart shaped diamonds are cut well, they can display a balanced scintillation contrast and huge amounts of fire. So, what are the factors to consider when buying one? Continue reading to find out the recommended proportions and uncover the secrets to picking out a nice stone…