Diamond Cut

CUT

When balancing the many characteristics diamonds have in picking the perfect stone for your bride to be, the quality of cut is a diamond’s most important attribute. The quality of the cut will oftentimes have the strongest influence on a diamond’s allure & beauty. The reason for this is that the quality of diamond cut is measured by the balance of all its measurements in order to produce the most light from the top of a stone. If a diamond is too shallow, light will be lost through the bottom of the stone while a stone that is too deep will allow light to fall through the sides.

A diamond’s cut quality can impact the visual look of its size, its color and most importantly the way it sparkles for the lady wearing it. At de Boulle, we help you find the balance of this quality along with carat weight, color and clarity in order to pick the perfect diamond to fit your needs.

GIA® CUT GRADES

Diamond Cut

The Ideal Cut
refers to a very limited number of stones. Roughly the top 5% of stones will reach this level of perfection. A diamond that is an “ideal cut” will reflect & shine nearly all of the light that enters it.

The Very Good Cut
refers to a diamond that sits at the top 15% of the quality cut scale. This is a beautiful stone, but the light pattern will be very slightly under the Ideal cut diamonds.

The Good Cut
diamond accounts for ~25% of the diamond market based on their quality of cuts. These diamonds will reflect a majority of the light that enters them, but will be dance less for the eyes than a ideal cut or very good cut.

The Fair Cut
is a quality diamond, but not as brilliant as good cut. With a fair cut, this can mean that the cutter worked to maximize carat weight or to avoid inclusions.

The Poor Cut
refers to diamonds that are significantly out of proportion so as to be much too deep or too shallow cuts. This quality of cut will cause the diamonds to lose light either out of the sides or the bottom of the stone, which will inherently reduce the diamond’s sparkle.

*K through Z – Diamonds graded below K are not generally carried at de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry.

Diamond Cut

When picking the perfect diamond for your love, the cut should be valued first because this has the greatest effect on the brilliance of each stone.

Oftentimes, if a diamond does not meet the de Boulle standards they will be recut to maximize their brilliance in order to meet our exacting standards. An ideal cut is very rare and very desirable, but all of a diamond’s characteristics can be measured to help you determined a good balance of qualities in a diamond perfect for your love.

DIAMOND SHAPES

A diamond’s shape is often one of the biggest decisions as the process begins in finding the perfect diamond.

Diamond Cut

There are two different types of cut categories: Brilliant Cut Diamonds & Step Cut Diamonds.

Diamonds that are brilliant-cut have facets that radiate from the center due to their triangular & kite shapes whereas step cuts are made from long & skinny stepped facets that are made to produce house of mirrors effect.

THE FOUR C’s

Diamond Cut

COLOR

With white diamonds, the color is graded based on how little color a diamond exudes to the viewer. Diamond’s of similar color are placed alongside each other for comparison to determine an official color grade.

Diamond Cut

CUT

When balancing the many characteristics diamonds have in picking the perfect stone for your bride to be, the quality of cut is a diamond’s most important attribute.

Diamond Cut

CLARITY

Diamond Clarity is a way to measure the level of tiny imperfections that exist within almost all diamonds except the very finest.

Diamond Cut

CARAT WEIGHT

While one initially views a diamond’s size by looking at the stone and how big the table or flat top portion of it appears, a diamond’s size is measured in weight. Carats are a unit that specifically refer to the weight of a diamond.