Post # 1
I have a hearts and arrows diamond….and I really don’t understand what the difference is between this brand and any other well cut diamond. I know in certain lighting arrows can be visible but I have seen this in other well cut diamonds. My fiance’ explained it to me like hearts and arrows diamonds are very well cut diamonds, and are made to reflect light better. So what exactly is it that makes Hearts and arrows diamonds so “great”? And I am confused…my certification card says I have a Round Brilliant, so is Hearts and arrows just the brand…or cut…like I said I’m confused and am by NO means a diamond expert.
Post # 3
@Merinda1994: Hearts & Arrows is a pattern that appears when a perfect Ideal Cut round Brilliant is viewed in a gemscope. It was there before, but it wasn’t “discovered” until the late 80s. It’s not a cut quality per se, as all round brilliants are technically “Hearts & Arrows,” just distorted in non-Ideal cuts – some arrows are shorter, some hearts are smaller, etc. Because Ideal Cut diamonds are a rarity in themselves, Ideal Cut Hearts & Arrows diamonds are even more so, because it takes more time and wastes more of the diamond in the careful cutting process. Apparently, “less than 1% of the world’s diamonds are cut to hearts and arrows optical symmetry precision.” All Hearts & Arrows are Ideal Cut round Brilliants, but not all round brilliants or Ideal Cut round Brilliants are true Hearts & Arrows. Hope this helps. 🙂 (Aspiring gemologist)