The Four C's Cut
Cut is often confused with the outward appearance of a diamond, which relates to its ‘shape’ (round, pear, etc), because many ‘shapes’ are in fact called ‘cuts’ – including Flanders Brilliant Cut, Tycoon Cut and The 88 Cut.
The fact is however that the ‘cut’ is what determines the way in which light travels through a diamond and reflects back into your eye.
If you compare diamonds on Carat Weight alone, as many people do, you can buy a ‘one carat’ diamond for $7,000 or $8,000 and think you have a bargain, when in fact you have paid too much.
This is why Cut is given priority over Clarity, Colour and Carat Weight, however it takes an experienced eye to see the difference between a well proportioned diamond and a poorly cut stone. Consequently you should choose your retailer before you choose your diamond.
The illustrations on this page show how this happens and why an Ideal Cut or Fine Cut diamond is brighter and more valuable than a Shallow Cut or Deep Cut stone, but to the casual observer this difference is not always immediately apparent.