Finding the ideal engagement ring can be daunting as there are so many factors to consider. Have you been to a fine jewellery store and the salesperson used so many industry jargons that confuses you? Some of the terms I heard from them are diamond cut, table size, girdle, fluorescence, and etc. It is confusing because what I thought it meant, is very different from what it actually means.

When choosing an engagement ring, we can first select the feature diamond as this makes up the largest proportion of the price. The Diamond 4Cs, created by the GIA, is the universal method for assessing the quality of a diamond. They are cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. In our opinion, Diamond Cut is the most important C of the 4Cs. It also happens to be one of the terms that confused me!

The Diamond Cut

The diamond cut is often mistaken to be the shape of a diamond. They are very different, the shape refers to the physical shape of the diamond while the cut refers to how well a diamond’s facet interacts with light. Out of the Diamond 4Cs, it has the most influence on how bright a diamond will shine.

Let us take a look at how it affects the sparkle of a diamond.

How diamond cut affects sparkle

When light enters the top of a diamond (also known as the table), a well-cut diamond will reflect the light back through the top. This allows you to see the sparkle of the diamond when you look at it. If you look at a poorly-cut diamond, it may appear dull as the light leaks out from the bottom or the sides of the diamond instead of reflecting the light right back into your eyes.

Diamond Cut Grading Scale

According to the GIA Cut Scale, there are 5 grades to assess a diamond cut. They are Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. For maximum impact, suggest to always go for the highest diamond cut grade within your budget. A poorly cut diamond may appear dull even if it has the highest clarity and colour grades.

At Draco Diamonds, we carry a large collection of GIA certified diamonds. Feel free to speak with us or book an appointment to visit us at our workshop to know how diamonds with different cut grades look like before you decide on your ideal engagement ring! Looking for tips to buy an engagement ring? Check out the buying tips in this article.

Interested to know more about the other aspects of the Diamond 4Cs? Check out the articles on Diamond Colour, Clarity, and Carat Weight.