Post # 1
What are arrows? Are these dark lines in my stone arrows?
What’s this horizontal shadow? I can only see it from the side on my diamond and only at certain times. It’s .66 cts, H, VS1. It’s not my ering, so don’t worry about hurting my feelings. I bought it as a RHR to tide me over while I wait for my moissy set.
My 1.1 ct, G, VS1 loose diamond doesn’t have that shadow, or does it? What gives?
Post # 3
@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
@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
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
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
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
Are hearts and arrows diamonds different than round brilliants?
Post # 9
@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.
Post # 10
@MrsCassie: interesting- thank you!
Post # 11
@MrsCassie: Oh ok. Thanks for the clarification. I don’t know the cut of my .66 stone, but I am 99% sure it is not ideal. My 1.1 ct is Excellent.
Yes, the shadow must just be a shadow caused by the crown. Makes sense. I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t something else since the stone shouldn’t have any visibke inclusions being VS1. I think it’s actually VVS1 but I’d have to check…