Heart cut diamonds are universally loved. And it’s not hard to see why. They look dainty and downright gorgeous and of course, they’ve always symbolised love! Today, plenty of people are opting for heart cut diamonds to grace their engagement rings as a symbol of their love.
Heart cut diamonds are actually an extremely rare shape. They echo symmetry in every way, with their two conjoined halves and even sparkles. This fancy cut is made up of about 56-58 facets. These facets capture and reflect light beautifully, giving them their unbeatable brilliance. In fact, achieving this kind of a cut takes a great deal of effort and skill. That’s precisely why they’re so rare and why they lend themselves so wonderfully to the purpose of gift-giving.
A Brief History
Did you know that this popular cut has been around for quite sometime now? In the 1400s, the heart cut diamond was considered to be a symbol of royalty. In 1463, the Duke of Milan mentioned the words ‘heart cut diamond’ in passing conversation. In 1562, heart cut diamonds began to be used as gifts by the royal family.
In fact, Mary Queen of Scots too, gifted a heart cut diamond ring to Queen Elizabeth. Over time of course, this cut gained popularity and remains, even today, one of the most expensive diamonds to create.
Evaluating the Heart shaped diamond
Officially, heart cut diamonds don’t have cut grades as such. But when you’re looking for one, make sure to take a look at the symmetry of the cut. For instance, the two halves of the diamond must be identical to each other, with the edges being a little rounded. The middle of course, needs to look distinctive and must catch the light.
Again, evaluating the colour of these diamonds is a personal choice. It depends on the person who is purchasing it or who is eventually going to wear it. Diamonds that fall into the colourless segment (D-F) are considered to be premium. This is because they are exceptionally rare. However, it’s not easy for laymen to spot the difference between colourless and near colourless grade diamonds.
Let’s put it this way — the choice is yours. Diamond clarity is a matter of personal preference, just like its colour. Some people may be more than happy to have a diamond that comes with clarity characteristics that will not be visible to the naked eye. Others may wish for a diamond that’s flawless in both grade and appearance.
Uniglo Diamonds proudly hosts a selection of all of the diamond shapes.