(Closed) does better cut makes diamond look larger?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

A lot of poorly cut diamonds are what are called “steep-deeps”, meaning they have steep angles and have more stone on the underside where it cannot be seen. Less common is a shallowly cut stone, which may actually be larger in terms of mm size, but doesn’t reflect light ideally. An excellent cut stone (GIA XXX or AGS 000) should rate under 2 on the HCA (http://www.pricescope.com/tools/hca), and will have ideal light reflection. This will make the stone appear brighter and livelier than other stones, and because of the impressive light return, many ideally cut stones will look bigger than their less well cut counterparts.

A well cut stone is absolutely worth paying for. Most people educated in diamonds consider it the most important “C”. Your eyes will see the difference in the stone, not just on paper.

Post # 3
2454 posts
Buzzing bee

Definitely worth paying for! My future sister in law has a 1.5 ct and a poorer cu. I have a 0.6 ct and it is an excellent cut and it looks way bigger. The stone are different shapes which helps, but the cut really helps and it’s jusy waaaay sparklier. 

Post # 4
10544 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Yes!  An excellent/ideal cut absolutely does make a diamond look larger. It will sparkle so much more and is definitely worth the extra money

Post # 5
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

Absolutely. Excellent/Ideal cuts reflect almost all of the light back, allowing the diamond to look larger. The light escapes out of the bottom or sides of poorly cut diamonds, causing the diamond to look smaller and dull. I wish that I could find this picture that I was looking at recently. It showed an excellent cut, right next to a poorly cut diamond of the same carat weight. It was pretty dramatic. If I find it again I’ll post it.

Post # 6
1706 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Cut is worth the cost, no question. You could get a shallow stone with larget spread for the carat weight, but if it does not sparkle, what is the point? 

Post # 7
23 posts
  • Wedding: January 2016

Cut is incredibly important! I work part time at a jewelry store and so I am just learning, but my boss has told me repeatedly that cut is really what unlocks the beauty of a diamond. If the cut is poor, in my opinion, it doesn’t matter how big or what the color is. It won’t look as gorgeous as something that is an ideal/excellent cut!

In comparison to the other C’s, clarity is probably least important. Unless you have a magnifying glass or microscope on hand, you won’t really be able to see inclusions. So that is something that is just on the paper. Color makes a difference visually, but that is more opinion based. I have seen people love diamonds that have slightly lower color grades simply because they liked the warmth of it. And carat weight means nothing if your cut is poor. 

Long story short: cut is worth the money! 

Post # 8
1987 posts
Buzzing bee

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chanel_tr:  yes and no. It all depends. Not the case with better quality cuts but Some cuts that are not ideal are made so the diamonds and also gemstones look bigger. However, this can have a big impact in the way the light enters if in order to make it look bigger proportions in the cut were sacrificed. But then again, the top quality stones are not given such cuts (usually)

edit: what I meant to say is a poor cut can also make a stone look even larger than a top quality cut at times. However, the way the diamond performs, usually won’t be the best.

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 5 months ago by Sporty-Bee.
Post # 9
48 posts
  • Wedding: Little Palm Island, FL

Yes! No doubt! I have an Excellent cut IF (forevermark) 1.25. Always get surprise reactions from people when I tell the size, they usually guess around 1.7. 

Post # 10
6369 posts
Bee Keeper

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chanel_tr:  Yes cuts make a vast difference.  It can make a diamond look smaller or larger, take a look:

The round looks larger, despite being smaller.  Same thing with cushion cut, it looks much smaller despite being a larger carat weight (didn’t find a picture).

Also cut can hide flaws, if you have a very well cut diamond, with a lower clarity or color, the cut may still allow it to sparkle even if it’s a lower grade.

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