Heart Shaped Diamond

Every diamond has a unique story to narrate; sometimes through their shape and sometimes through their legendary tales. Heart shaped diamond with its very shape speaks volumes. With all their uniqueness they symbolize love and romance and are ideal for both a pendant and an engagement ring. A closer look will reveal that Heart shaped diamonds can basically be said to be a modified version of a Pear shaped diamond featuring a sharp and distinct cleft in the top center. A heart shaped diamond carries much sentimental value and is an ultimate gift to make someone feel special and loved.

The biggest factor that one needs to keep in mind while going for a heart shaped diamond is its symmetry. It is crucial for the two halves of the heart to be of an exact shape and size. Another important factor is that a heart shaped diamond of less than .50 carats are not considered a good choice. This is because the “heart shape” cannot be made prominent in smaller diamonds and especially when set in prongs. To create a heart shaped diamond is perhaps one of the most challenging tasks for a cutter because even the slightest mistake can disturb the overall impression and balance of the shape. It needs an experience and skilled cutter to bring about ‘the ‘perfection in the shape.

Though the ideal length to width ratio of a heart shaped diamond is approximately 1.00 the preference may vary from person to person. For use in pendants, a narrow cut of 1.05-1.15 is considered ideal. And for use in a solitaire ring, a cut that is slightly wider, preferably in the ratio .85-1.00 can be regarded as the best. The above is merely a recommendation of what can be termed ‘ideal’. Of course different people may have different desires and likings.

History of Heart Shaped Diamonds:

 In every aspect the heart shape diamond may deem as something new but in reality it is said to have a long history. It was first said to have been heard of in 1463 amidst a communication that took place between the Duke of Milan, Galeazzo Maria Sforza and Nicodemo. Later in the year 1562, Queen Elizabeth received a heart shaped diamond from Mary Queen of Scots. The heart shaped diamonds back then was a symbol of friendship and good wishes and was mainly exchanged between royalty.


CUT GUIDE


Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor
Table % 53 - 63 52
or
64 - 65 
51
or
66 - 68
50
or
69 - 70
< 50
or
> 70
Depth % 58 - 62 56 - 57.9
or
62.1 - 66 
53 - 55.9
or
66.1 - 71
50 - 52.9
or
71.1 - 74
< 50
or
> 74
Girdle Very Thin
to
Sl. Thick 
Very Thin
to
Sl. Thick
Very Thin
to
Thick 
Very Thin
to
Very Thick
Ex. Thin
to
Ex. Thick
Culet None
Very Small
Small
Medium 
> Medium
L/W Ratio
.95 - 1.02
.89 - .94
or
1.03 - 1.05
.83 - .87
or
1.06 - 1.10
.80 - .83
or
1.11 - 1.15
> .80
or
< 1.15

The above is a GIA evaluation of cut. However, assessing color and clarity is crucial. The preference may vary from one person to the other depending on their own personal tastes and comfort level. For example; some may be fine with slight flaws in the diamond as long as they cannot be easily detected while there may be others who wish to have a technically flawless diamond.

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