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The Facts on Diamond Cuts and Shapes

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The term cut refers to the facets and their proportions on the surface of the diamond. Diamonds should always be cut for beauty, not weight. Properly cut the diamond reflects more light and brilliance. There are many measurements that go into the cutting of a diamond to maximize the refraction of light. Facets must be cut at exact angles relative to one another; the top and bottom halves of the stone should have the proper depth relative to one another; the flat surface on top must be correct size, relative to the overall size of the stone.  And most important,...

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Understanding Diamond Clarity

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A perfect diamond with perfect clarity is rare. A diamond's clarity is a key measure of its overall quality. Clarity is determined by the type, size, number, position and contrast of inclusions. Contrast is important because black spots are more visible and distracting than white or gray inclusions. Positioning of the inclusion(s) in the wrong spot can be reflected within the stone and cause it to be less attractive. The best known grading scale is the one used by Gemological Institute of America (GIA). It is as follows: F       Flawless. Shows no inclusions or blemishes under a 10 power loupe....

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