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Buying a Diamond: Focus on Cut Grade Cut grade is the most vital factor in determining the whole form of a diamond for a badly cut diamond will seem dull even with exceptional clarity and color. On the other hand, a well cut diamond can have a somewhat lower color (G-H) or clarity (SI1-SI2) and still look fairly gorgeous, because of its outstanding ability to sparkle. Cut grade offers a single rating which combines an assortment of factors, making it a straightforward yet crucial tool in valuing a diamond. A frequent mistake is to look into these singular factors instead of banking chiefly on the Cut grade, which already takes everything into account. Only upon comparing two diamonds of the same Cut grade are the individual components of Cut to be treated as further refinements in your search. That said, below are these individual factors and some tips: Culet
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Any Medium or smaller culet size will be undetectable to the naked eye, and have no bad impact on the appearance of a diamond.
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Girdle An Extremely Thin girdle is more prone to chipping, and accordingly should be avoided for a diamonds that is meant to be set in a ring. Earrings or pendants are not as exposed to rough contact and thus are not as likely to chip around the girdle too. Even Very Thin girdles in Princess Cut diamonds should be avoided, as this shape already comes with sharp corners that make chipping more probable. Should you get a Princess Cut diamond with a Very Thin girdle, it would be best to set it in a way that covers the corners. Polish For diamonds whose polish grade is Excellent to Good, any polishing flaws will not be noticeable to the naked eye, nor make an impact on the gem’s total appearance. For diamonds whose clarity grades are 1 or lower, even a polish grade of Fair is adequate, in view of the fact that these diamonds already have internal inclusions that are discernable to the naked eye, making any polish markings not as relevant. 75 carats, any Fair or better polish grade will not change the diamond’s appearance to a non-expert observer. Poor is the only polish grade that must be avoided irrespective of the clarity or size of the diamond. Symmetry For diamonds of a symmetry grade of Excellent to Good, symmetry must not be used as a chief factor in picking them, as any diamond of outstanding appearance can get any of these grades. Symmetry is more significant in diamonds having VVS2 Clarity or higher, since the very tiny defects related to Fair or Poor symmetry (which may look like pinpoint inclusions), would thwart the diamond’s otherwise faultless appearance. Even with its judicious bearing on appearance, symmetry has a considerable impact on price; a diamond that has Excellent Symmetry and Polish may be 10%-15% more expensive than one with Good Symmetry and Polish. Finally, as diamonds with Poor symmetry have imperfections that are visible to the naked eye, they must be avoided completely.