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Cut, Helping a Man Decide on the Four C’s of Diamonds The cut is one of the four major selling points of buying a diamond. When you go to get one for your girlfriend or wife, they will give you a lecture on the cut, should you need it. Of course, their opinions can be biased because they’re trying to sell you a stone. The following is what every man should know about the cut of a diamond before they set foot on the jeweler’s floor.

What is the Cut The cut refers to the shape a manufacturer chooses to shape the rock into. A good cut will have been done with precision. They are symmetrical and brilliant. The shape it takes will determine how light is allowed to enter the stone, bounce across the bottom and exit the stone from the top. In a perfect world, the cut wouldn’t redirect that light anywhere else but up. It would take a ray of light and bounce it right back into the eyes of visitors, catching their attention. That’s what the word brilliance refers to: the stones ability to reflect light out of the right places. The effect is the diamond’s sparkle. When they are cut too shallow—meaning they resemble a short and squat stone: not very tall compared to its width—then the light enters from the top, bounces down and leaves at the bottom of the stone. When the stone is set in a ring, it means the light hits below the diamond, where no one will see it. When they are cut too deep—meaning they are taller and thinner—the light comes in, bounces awkwardly off the side and shoots the ray out of the bottom at a weird upward angle. There is a chance this twinkle will be seen, but it won’t be as large or as noticeable. Luckily, you won’t have to walk into a store and ask to use a ruler to measure the size of the stone. That classification has already been taken care of for you.

Rating System The diamonds are labeled according to their quality, moving from excellent to poor. Excellent cuts reflect nearly all light and are extremely rare in the market. Consequently, they’re the most expensive choice, but the reflection is beautiful if you have the money. The next is labeled “very good.” The very good is pretty comparable to the excellent quality. They reflect a bit less light and are purchased at a cheaper price. They are less rare in comparison to the excellent quality, but they still make up a small portion of the market.

Good quality reflects most of light that comes in. Some of it escapes through the sides and bottoms, but a majority is retrievable. These are more common and will cost a significant amount less than the very good quality diamonds. The next one down is the fair quality. The color, carat and clarity might still make it an excellent diamond, but it’s just not very brilliant. A majority of light is lost through the sides. There’s still enough to give a few sparkles here and there, just not enough to really make it shine. In terms of cost, these are less expensive than the good quality and are more common. Finally, the last is the poor quality. These are generally too deep or shallow to reflect any light. A vast majority escapes from the bottom and is never seen again. They are the cheapest cuts available and can be hard to find—many jewelers don’t stock them. They’re great if you’re just looking for a rock to put in the ring. They aren’t great for showing off though so keep that in mind. The Chapel of the Flowers is a classy venue for Las Vegas weddings. They offer advice and help to make your marriage a happy and well-prepared occasion. Contact them about Las Vegas wedding packages available for you and your bride to be. Photo Credit: nilama, garwee

Cut, helping a man decide on the four c’s of diamonds