As you’ve probably heard, there is what’s called the 4C’s in evaluating a diamond. The 4C’s are: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat. Each of these 4C’s serve to contribute to the beauty and also the price of a diamond.
As a continuation of Part 1, I will be discussing the “cut” of a diamond here.
Cut is an extremely important factor in contributing to the brilliance of a diamond. Due to the amount of sparkle and flash a well cut diamond can give off, “flaws” such as lower color and/or clarity are minimized to the eye.
ROUND. Diamonds come in many shapes and styles. The most common is the round brilliant cut. A round brilliant cut diamond has triangular faceting and is the only cut that can achieve “ideal” proportions – meaning, the maximum return of light to the eye. Ideal cut round diamonds have become quite popular in the last ten years or so. I think the reason being is you can get away with a lower color or clarity stone, if the diamond is extremely well cut.
When a diamond has excellent proportions, the maximum amount of light is returned to the eye. A stone that is cut too shallow looks glassy and a stone cut too deep looks dark and dull.
Round diamonds are extremely versatile. They can be set into a multitude of designs ranging from clean and modern to the classic solitaire to antique styles.
For examples of round diamonds in a variety of settings, check out this slideshow on Martha Stewart Weddings.