How the heck do I look at my arrows?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Is it a brand name H&A? I don’t have one but do have a 3ex and I get the gray arrows. I’ve always wondered on price scope about those DARK arrows people get.  


Post # 3
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Clean your ring and then look at it in a well lit area top down; you’ll see them. The really black lines are typically in unset stones. Check out this video to learn more about the difference between an H&A or similar ideal cut and a round brilliant of okay quality:

Post # 4
164 posts
Blushing bee

Monicaab:  I believe the dark lines come from the reflection of the camera lens (which are usually black or another dark color). For example, if a completely light blue camera lens was used to photograph the diamond and was placed right next to it (usually the case in macro mode) the arrows would appear blue. Try using macro mode and placing the camera very close to the diamond

Post # 5
4638 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

<br />I think I can see mine in a well lit room, staring down at it.. but I really have no idea if I’m seeing what I’m supposed to be  seeing. I actually didn’t know I had a H&A until I busted out my paperwork when we switched insurance providers..

I have no idea how you’d take a picture of it! I can barely get a good pic of my ring in general.

Post # 6
279 posts
Helper bee

I work at a jewellery store and we use a hearts and arrows viewer to make the arrows visible. Its basically a plastic tube with a little rubber eyepiece on top, and the inside is lined with reflective blue plastic/metal. When you look through it most of the light is blocked, so the rest of the diamond is dark and the arrows stand out. You just have to make sure that you are looking at the diamond perfectly straight from the top for the arrows to be visible.

You could probably buy one online for 

a few dollars. You could probably even get a similar effect by looking at it through a rolled up piece of paper or something, I haven’t tried that but it is a pretty simple device and I think anything that blocks the light would be able to accomplish the same thing. Or you could go to a jewellery store and see if they’ve got one they’ll let you look through.


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