When it comes to buying a diamond, the cut is the most important of the 4 Cs. Diamond cuts is a complex topic, but buying a beautifully cut diamond isn’t complicated. This “Diamond Cuts 101” guide explains what you need to know about cuts before you make a diamond purchase.
Why Are Diamonds Cut?
Diamonds directly from the mine, or “rough diamonds”, look quite different than the brilliant, sparkly diamonds in engagement rings. Before they are cut and polished, diamonds have a dull, opaque appearance. Cutting a diamond removes its rough outer surface to reveal the clear beauty underneath. The process removes weight, decreasing a diamond’s carat size, so diamond cutters must find a balance between preserving the diamond and getting an excellent cut.
Diamonds used to be cut by hand–a difficult process that demanded a high price for the best-cut diamonds. Diamonds are now cut by lasers, so precisely-cut diamonds with excellent symmetry and polish are available almost everywhere. This causes the price differences between the top-rated diamond cuts to be less significant than…