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Tips for buying a heart-shaped diamond

June 24, 2022

Tips for buying a heart-shaped diamond ring

First, it may be helpful to know some of the terms used to describe the various parts of a heart-shaped diamond. The Cleft is the V-shaped area between the two rounded ends or facets of the heart. The central portion, which is slightly curved and widens along the underside of each flap, is called the belly. The area between the belly and the tip, which narrows continuously along the bottom of the heart, is called the wing.

The length of a heart-shaped diamond is the distance measured from the tip to the axis of the top of the flap, and the width is the distance between the two sides of the widest position. The ideal length to width ratio for a heart-shaped diamond is 1:1 to 1:1.2. It is not uncommon for the width to be greater than the length.

● Look for attractive symmetrical shapes. Uneven wings or flaps, flat or bulging wings, or an insufficiently pronounced tip can damage the overall profile. The two flaps of a well-cut heart should be uniform in size and shape, with a smooth curve extending to the tip. The opening should have a well-defined V-shape.

● Many fancy brilliant cuts (such as pear, oval, marquise and heart) allow light to pass through the width of a bow-tie shaped stone, revealing its darker areas. This is particularly common in light or very dark-colored stones. The larger or darker the bow tie, the more likely it is to affect the positive appearance of the stone.

● To prevent accidental breakage of a heart-shaped diamond, it is necessary to check the girdle (girdle). There should not be a knife-pronged girdle, as it is too thin and may increase the risk of damage. The tip is the most fragile part of the heart shape, so the stone should be set to protect the tip.

● Hearts and other fancy shapes make inclusions more visible, so care needs to be taken to check for inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. Larger inclusions may detract from the attractiveness of the stone and may affect its value or solidity.