What are arrows and what's with this shadow in my diamond?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Choose all that apply.
    Yes, those are arrows. : (9 votes)
    24 %
    No, those aren't arrows. : (5 votes)
    14 %
    That shadow is normal from the profile view. : (11 votes)
    30 %
    That shadow is not normal. : (3 votes)
    8 %
    My diamond has a shadow from the profile view too. : (9 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 3
    398 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @IheartUFC:  My solitaire has the exact same horizontal shadow as yours does when viewed from the side. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about…maybe it’s just part of the cut or something. As far as “arrows,” I have no idea what those are!

    Post # 4
    11809 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @IheartUFC:  is it one of the hearts and arrows diamonds?  I know they’re supposed to have some sort of pattern in it – I’m guessing that’s what it is.  I’m thinking the shadow probably has to do with the way the diamond sits in the setting – I know my ring does funny things depending on the light.  

    Post # 5
    2913 posts
    Sugar bee

    I think you are meaning arrows as in “hearts and arrows”. When a diamond is cut symmetrically, it will produce “arrows” when viewing from the top. You can see them in your image. When viewing from the bottom you can see the “hearts”. Most diamonds will have some degree of hearts and arrows, but obviously the better the cut of the diamond, the more uniform the hearts and arrows will be. 

    Also, no idea about the shadow, but it isn’t something to worry about, just the way the light is passing through the diamond. 

    Post # 6
    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’ve got the horozontal “shadow” on my diamond and it’s in a four-prong setting too.  It’s not something I’m worried about.

    Post # 7
    1516 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    If I recall correctly, the “horizontal shadow” is just a reflection of the crown in the pavillion, it is fairly common and nothing to be worried about, and it does look like your loose diamond has it a little bit too, but again, it isn’t anything to worry about.

    As far as the pattern goes, I don’t see any distinct H&A pattern in the stone in your ring, although most round brilliant stones will have some arrows to one degree or another, but here is a picture of a H&A diamond to give you an idea:

    Post # 8
    9119 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Are hearts and arrows diamonds different than round brilliants?

    Post # 9
    1516 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @MrsBuesleBee:  Yes, while a H&A is still considered a round brilliant, less than 2% of all round brilliant stones are considered H&A, because a H&A cut is ideal with a distinct faceting pattern (see picture I posted above). Round brilliant cuts come in poor, fair, good, very good, excellent, and ideal, and all H&A will be in the “ideal” cut category.

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