Cut The 4 Cs - characteristics which determine the quality of a diamond
Cut is often confused with the shape of a diamond, but while shape is largely a matter of personal taste and does not itself determine the value of a diamond, the cut does. Most diamonds are cut with a full 58 facets. Only skilled master cutters can give a diamond a "good cut" in such a way that as much light as possible is reflected through the Diamond, thus giving the diamond a more sparkling appearance.
The reflection of light through a diamond.
- Cut to the right proportions, a diamond reflects light from one facet to another. This light is dispersed through the top.
- If the cut is too deep, light escapes through the opposite end of the pavilion.
- If the cut is too shallow, light escapes through the pavilion before it can be reflected.
The many facets of a round,