We began the 4Cs in our last post, looking at the grading of colour within a diamond. This post is another of the 4Cs - the Cut, possibly the most overlooked of the 4Cs.
The diamond cut refers to the angles and proportions of the rough stone, when it's placed into the hands of an expert diamond cutter. He will take the rough stone and examine it from all angles, determining the cut that will suit the natural stone - looking for the most fire and scintillation.
The diamond cut is the only one of the 4Cs not naturally present when the mineral is hewn from diamond mines or recovered from alluvial deposits. An experienced diamond cutter will enhance the stone - looking at how natural light reflects and sparkles in the natural form. The cutter will then cut the stone to the shape he has chosen, polishing the usual 58 facets until they gleam.
These tiny facets are the table, crown, pavilion, girdle and the culet - the pointed end of the diamond that sits in the appropriate mount. For most of our customers looking for a diamond, these terms will not be familiar to you. You will judge your diamond on the fire emitting from the stone - the brilliance as you turn it this way and that. The only time you will consider the cut of the diamond is when you receive your GIA grading report from Monroe Yorke Diamonds.
Because Monroe Yorke Diamonds source their diamonds from reliable diamond merchants who deal in diamonds of an extremely high quality, each diamond, whether loose or in a pre-designed diamond engagement ring will be accompanied by a diamond grading report. It is on this report you will have the true value and quality of your diamond. The absolute beauty and stunning scintillation of your diamond will be on her hand, where it will be a reminder of everlasting love.