Hearts and Arrows vs Brilliant Cut

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@HonoraryNerd:  I can’t see as clearly. so which one’s supposed to be brighter? because to me it looks like the brill does better in light, H&A better in shadow.

Post # 5
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795 posts
Busy bee

@HonoraryNerd:  ooooooohhhhh………how fun. I would love to work in a jewelry store!! Thanks for sharing! 

Post # 7
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795 posts
Busy bee

@HonoraryNerd:  thats a huge deal. I could never be a car salesman because I know they’re often encouraged to be less than honest. I would literally make no money!!! 

Post # 8
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2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@HonoraryNerd:  So my question would be- for the round brilliant, what is the cut grade?

 

Post # 9
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687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsEME:  great question! I’d love to find that out too. 🙂

My experience – I initially didn’t feel that we needed to pay the H&A premium, but then I fell in love with a BGD Signature Hearts&Arrows stone and I’m so glad I did! I absolutely adore it, and the brilliance is incredible – I’ve actually had a colleague notice it from across the room at a work party and come over to ask. Even though my center stone is “only” .64ct, and this is in MA where the average size is much larger than that.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@cranraspberry:  Yeah- I have a hearts and arrows cut and it’s only .50 carats.  When photographed, you can see that it is only .50 carats.  In everyday life though- it looks larger.  Mostly because it’s bezel set…but the sparkle make it seem like it spreads all teh way to the edges- therefore looking more like a 1 carat.  

I didn’t know it would be like this when we picked this ring.  I wanted a smaller diamond, and I got bezel for safety.  But I have to admit- I can’t complain it looks bigger LOL

Post # 11
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687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsEME:  bezels are awesome in that way! I’m contemplating getting my stone reset into a bezel, but I think I need to wear a cheap cz one for a couple of days first to see whether I’d miss seeing the girdle.

Post # 12
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2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@cranraspberry:  Here is mine:  

 

I’ve wondered if I would have liked prong- but honestly—- with how many times I have knocked my ring, I’m sure I would have lost my diamond already!  I wear my ring all the time, and use my hands a lot.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@oliviajuice:  “Hearts and arrows” is kind of a misleading term — arrows are what you see from the top of a well-cut round diamond, hearts from the bottom. It’s just a pattern of contrast. Some companies take their super-ideal round diamonds and call them “hearts and arrows” or “true hearts” or a bunch of other things. It all depends on how the company chooses to classify them. If you knew the numbers on that stone (table, depth, angles, etc), the HCA calculator could give you a better idea of the cut grade. It looks really nice — definitely better than that round brilliant shown above that is leaking light like crazy.

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