The cut of the diamond determines how well it reflects light. When a diamond is well cut, the light is reflected from one facet to another, and is then dispersed through the top of the stone, making the diamond dazzling to the eye. However, if a diamond is cut too deep some of the light escapes through the opposite side of the pavilion, brilliance is lost, and the center of the diamond will appear dark. If a diamond is cut too shallow, light escapes through the pavilion before it can be reflected, again brilliance is lost and the diamond will appear glassy and dark.

Cut is the hardest for anyone to master, however modern day certificates assist you in making the right decision.

Hearts and Arrows is a modern term commonly used by most industry workers for the public to view and see eight hearts from the back of a diamond, view from the culet. And eight arrows clearly showing, viewed from the table under a heart and arrow scope ( a small device manufactured for that purpose).

At Varoujan Jewellers, we are certified diamond graders from the Diamond High Council in Antwerp and it is our duty to show you and explain to you why one diamond’s cut is better than another.