The word "cut" has two meanings in diamonds. The first and most obvious meaning is used to describe the shape of a diamond. The second way "diamond cut" is used is to describe the reflective qualities of a diamond. The reflective quality (how well a diamond "sparkles" or reflects the light going into the diamond) is determined by how well the diamond was cut. However it is a misnomer that the more cuts (facets) of a diamond mean that a diamond will reflect light more.
A round brilliant cut diamond has 57 or 58 facets and is generally regarded as the optimal number of facets to create the most reflective diamonds possible. When a diamond is cut 58 times is creates hundreds of measurable angles which reflects the craftmanship of the diamond contributes to the reflective qualities of a diamond.
The overall brightness and light returned to a viewer’s eye is what is called the brilliance of a diamond and is then graded.
Diamond Cut and Diamond Price
Skilled craftsmanship, precision, patience. These are required to make brilliant, symmetrical, well cut diamonds. If you look at a Rembrandt or Picasso painting you will see a one of a kind word of art that is precious and valuable. Take a 3 year old's finger painting and it's probably not as valuable (unless it's your own kid). How well the painter uses his paint to make delicate and deliberate strokes craft a masterpiece. The same is true of the craftsmanship of diamond cutting. The more precise and "perfectly" cut a diamond is is reflected in the beauty of the diamond and also the price.
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