Diamonds are cut into a number of shapes;|
round, marquise, oval, pear, heart
The choice is a matter of personal preference.
diamond is cut to the right proportions,
it displays brilliance and fire.
'brilliant' (round) cut demonstrates these
When a diamond is well cut, light is reflected from one facet to another
dispersed through the top of the stone. If it is cut too deep,
some light escapes
through the opposite side of the pavilion. If cut too
shallow, light escapes
through the pavilion before it can be
COLOUR. Diamonds come in different colours.
The 'fancies' - blue, green,
pink and yellow
etc. are very rare and expensive. Colourless
are most precious, as they allow
white light to pass through easily to be
dispersed as rainbows of colour.
CLARITY. To determine a diamond's clarity, it is
viewed under 10 power
magnification (10X lens)
by a trained eye. Diamond, being a natural
often contains small mineral inclusions. The
fewer and smaller the
the better is
the passage of light through it.
CARAT. The weight of diamonds is measured in carats. One carat is divided
'points'. One carat equals 0.2 gram. Size is the most obvious
factor in determining
the value of a diamond, but two diamonds of equal
size can have very unequal values,
depending on their quality.
Copyright 1995-1996 SoloWing Concept.
Materials provided by: The Diamond Importers
Association Ltd. Hong Kong