Diamond Cut

What Is The Cut Of A Diamond?

The cut of a diamond refers to the way in which a diamond has been shaped and polished from its rough form into its final polished form. A well-cut diamond is one that allows light to enter through the top of the diamond, and then reflects it back out through the top, creating maximum brilliance and fire.

The cut of a diamond is evaluated based on several factors, including the proportions, symmetry, and overall finish of the diamond. The proportions of a diamond refer to the angles and dimensions of its facets, while the symmetry refers to the arrangement of those facets. The overall finish of a diamond refers to the quality of its polish and the absence of blemishes.

The cut of a diamond is one of the most important factors affecting its beauty and value, as it determines how well the diamond will sparkle and reflect light. A well-cut diamond will have a symmetrical arrangement of facets, allowing for maximum light reflection and sparkle. A poorly cut diamond, on the other hand, may have a lack of symmetry or proportion, resulting in a dull or lifeless appearance.

Have you ever wondered why some diamonds sparkle more than others?

The answer lies in the diamond's cut. A diamond's cut refers to how well its dimensions are proportioned and how the facets are positioned to create that coveted brilliance and sparkle. In other words, it's all about how light interacts with the diamond's surfaces. Factors such as the ratio of the diamond's diameter to its depth play a crucial role in determining a diamond's beauty and value. So, the next time you admire a dazzling diamond, remember that its cut is what makes it truly stunning.

Looking for the perfect diamond cut? It all comes down to your budget.

Whether you're in the market for a .50-carat or a 16-carat diamond, everyone wants as much sparkle as they can afford. While all 4Cs (cut, color, clarity, carat) are important, cut has the most significant impact on a diamond's beauty and sparkle. Even a diamond with flawless clarity can look dull if its cut is too shallow or deep. That's why it's crucial to choose the best cut grade that fits your budget when shopping for a diamond. At the end of the day, a diamond's cut is what makes it truly shine.

Circle of Diamonds Offers Three Different Cut Grades


    This rare cut represents the top 3% of diamond cut quality. It reflects the majority of light that enters the diamond, creating maximum sparkle and brilliance.

  • Very Good

    This cut represents the top 15% of diamond cut quality. It reflects almost as much light as the Ideal cut, but at a more affordable price point.

  • Good

    This cut represents the top 25% of diamond cut quality. It reflects a significant amount of light, but not as much as a Very Good cut grade.

A well-cut diamond is like a work of art, reflecting superior brilliance, fire, and scintillation.

Brilliance refers to the reflection of white light, creating a dazzling brightness that catches the eye.

Fire is the dispersion of light into the colors of the rainbow, making a diamond dance with color and life.

Scintillation is the play of contrast between dark and light areas, adding a mesmerizing sparkle to the diamond's brilliance.

A diamond is a marvel of nature with a unique anatomy that sets it apart from other gemstones. Here are the key components that make up a diamond:

Table: The largest and most prominent facet of a diamond, located at the top of the stone.

Crown: The upper portion of a diamond that extends from the girdle to the table, featuring smaller facets that add to the stone's brilliance.

Girdle Thickness: The narrow band that encircles the diamond, separating the crown from the pavilion and defining the stone's overall shape.

Girdle Diameter: The measurement of a diamond from one girdle edge to the opposite edge, providing an indication of the stone's size.

Pavilion Depth: The lower portion of a diamond that extends from the girdle to the culet, featuring larger facets that contribute to the stone's fire and scintillation.

Culet: The small facet located at the very bottom of a diamond. A well-cut diamond will have a culet that is not visible to the naked eye.

Total Depth: The measurement of a diamond from the culet to the table, providing an indication of the stone's overall proportions.

Diamond Cut and Diamond Shape: Understanding the Difference

While the terms "diamond cut" and "diamond shape" are often used interchangeably, they actually refer to two distinct characteristics of a diamond.

Diamond cut refers to how well a diamond reflects light, and is determined by a combination of factors including proportions, symmetry, and polish. A well-cut diamond will have maximum brilliance, fire, and sparkle.

Diamond shape, on the other hand, refers to the outline of the diamond when viewed from above. The round brilliant diamond is the most popular shape, but there are also nine non-round fancy-shaped diamonds available that can offer a unique and cost-effective option.

Understanding the difference between diamond cut and diamond shape is important when selecting a diamond, as both factors can impact the overall appearance and value of the stone. At our shop, we are committed to helping you find the perfect diamond that meets your preferences and budget.


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