- 4 years ago
I love this thread! I never understood why I was supposed to hate bow ties, either. That’s basically saying that you have to hate any elongated stone! A load of crap. Here’s my sapphire 🙂
GreenGables: Glad you asked 🙂 basically the bow tie effect is a region in the centre of fancy cut diamonds (usually marquise, oval, pear etc) that is in the shape of a bow tie.
It happens due to the shape of the stone. The facets that cause the bow tie are the longest at that point. It’s often seen as a dark region – which is why many people don’t like it. But it’s not a dead part of the stone, it’s actually darkness that is cast by the head of the person viewing the stone! (Actually, if you were to punch a hole in a piece of white paper and view the diamond through it, you wouldn’t see a dark bow tie at all).
It’s pretty much the same thing that happens in round cuts with the hearts and arrows.
Some people who want to avoid the bow tie go for shallow or deep cuts, but this causes it’s own problems.
I think bow ties are kind of fitting for fancy shapes. Bow ties… Fancy.. Get it? 😀
anyways, here is my pear with a nice rainbow coming straight from the center!
I like my bow tie. It gives my diamond character.
elzi: Beautiful set! I love love love love love marquise in halos, and the milgrain around yours really sets it off for me! Also the 2-tone… droooool.
eisforlove: This is a BEAUTIFUL oval! Holy smokes. Loving the double prongs on it. Also love your nail polish.
My stone has a slighg bow tie in real life but it is very white and not noticeable at all. It only really bothers me when I take photos and this kind of bow tie shows up. I guess it’s kind of hard to avoid it with elongated stones.
Oh this thread is great- I love these rings here! Such pretty stones! I’ll play along too!
Here’s mine with a bright bow tie
And here’s a cute tiny one
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