Explore the 4 C’s of Engagement Rings: The Cut

Diamonds can be described by 4 C’s: Cut, color, clarity, and carat. These criteria should all be evaluated before purchasing a diamond. For this post, we will be exploring the cut of the diamond.
The cut of the diamond has a large impact on the stone’s brilliance, and is considered by many to be one of the most important parts of a diamond. The way a diamond is cut affects how light reflects through it. There are several different types of cuts to choose from and they all will alter the look of the finished product.
In 2005, the GIA cut scale was created which is a scale that grades diamonds based on how well they are cut.
There are four grades of cuts according to the scale:
Ideal cut: diamond reflects nearly all light that enters the stone through the top. This cut is designed to maximize the brilliance of a diamond and yields the highest possible grades of symmetry and polish.

Very Good cut: usually sacrifices a little brilliance for a larger size. These are a cost-effective option.

Good cut: are still considered quality diamonds, but when compared to the first two options they show a significant lack in brilliance.

Fair or Poor cut: are diamonds that often lack the ability to reflect a sufficient amount of light through the stone. They are usually shallow or deep cut and inexpensively priced.

Explore some of the best cut diamonds by visiting with Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers