In the 1400's diamonds became a popular stone used in jewelry. During this time different techniques and style cuts such as the Heart were developed.
The Heart is the ultimate symbol of love and is known as the most romantic of all shaped diamonds. The Heart cut diamond is essentially a Pear shaped diamond with a cleft at the top. It consists of 59 facets and is full of brilliance and fire.
Heart Diamond "Cut"
The cut of a diamond determines its brilliance. A poorly cut diamond will have a dull appearance even if it has perfect color and clarity. The cut is considered one of the most important diamond characteristics by gemologists. It is based on factors that determine the light performance, dimensions, and finish of a stone.
The cut should reflect the maximum amount of light to the viewer's eye. For example, if a diamond is cut too shallow light will be lost out of the pavilion (bottom) and the diamond will lose brilliance. If the diamond is cut too deep, the light will escape through the sides and the diamond will appear dark.
Since Heart cut diamonds are designed to maximize brilliance, you need to be sure that you are familiar with the qualities of a good cut. A Heart diamond makes a beautiful engagement ring as a solitaire or set with other stones.
When buying Heart shaped diamonds, there are a few recommendations for getting the best diamond. We recommend a cut rating of Excellent or Very Good.
For budget minded purchasers of Heart cut diamonds, you should follow the minimum Cut rating of Good.
Length to width ratio and shape appeal is something to consider carefully when choosing this cut.
Suggested Guidelines for Heart Cut Diamonds
||D, E, F
||IF, F, VVS1, VVS2
||56.0% - 65.0%
||55.0% - 55.9% or 65.1% - 67.5%
||54.0% - 54.9% or 67.6% - 70.0%
||53.0% - 57.9%
||58.0% - 61.0%
||61.1% - 62.5%
||Thin to Thick
||Very Thin to Very Thick
||1.00 - 1.05:1.00
||1.06 - 1.10:1.00
||1.11 - 1.20:1.00