Heart-Shaped Diamonds to Fit Valentine’s Day Celebration

There is a kind of phenomenon when anticipation is considered better than the actual holiday. Maybe, but not in case when Valentine’s Day is concerned. V-Day is full of sweets, romance and love and there is nothing to disturb the festive atmosphere. However there is a present that can even more emphasize the event as well as your feelings — hear-shaped diamond jewelry. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and heart-shaped diamonds presented on Valentine’s Day will make an unforgettable, everlasting impression. Once you decide to opt for diamonds to fit the event, you may want to know some details on diamonds of a heart shape:

The modified brilliant-cut heart shaped diamond is a unique and unmistakable symbol of love. Heart shaped diamonds are very popular in solitaire pendants as well as rings. When choosing a heart, symmetry is a very important characteristic, since it is critical that the two halves of the heart are identical. The cleft (between the two lobes) should be sharp and distinct, and the wings (the sides as they curve down to the point) should have a very slightly rounded shape.

Heart shaped diamonds of less than .50 carats may not be a good choice, as the heart shape is more difficult to perceive in smaller diamonds, especially after they are set in prongs. For smaller hearts, a bezel or three prong setting (one prong on each lobe, one prong at the point) will better preserve the heart shape outline of the diamond after it is set.

Heart Shaped Diamond LW Ratios
Heart Shaped Diamond LW Ratios.

Heart shaped diamonds come in a variety of silhouettes, from narrow to fat. The choice of a particular silhouette should be dictated by personal preference, though the length to width ratio of a classic heart shaped diamond is approximately 1.00. For hearts that are to be set in pendants, buyers may prefer a slightly narrow cut (1.05 – 1.15), while for hearts set in a solitaire ring, a slightly wide cut (.85 – 1.00) may be most appealing. Every Lumera Diamond includes precise measurements, as well as the length to width ratio, so you know the exact shape of the heart shape diamond you are considering.

The chart below serves as a general guideline for evaluating the cut of a heart shaped diamond.

HEART SHAPED DIAMOND – CUT GUIDE

EXCELLENT VERY GOOD GOOD FAIR POOR
Table % 53 – 63 52or64 – 65 51or66 – 68 50or69 – 70 < 50or> 70
Depth % 58 – 62 56 – 57.9or62.1 – 66 53 – 55.9or66.1 – 71 50 – 52.9or71.1 – 74 < 50or> 74
Girdle Very Thin – Slightly Thick Very ThintoThick Very ThintoVery Thick Ex. ThintoEx. Thick
Culet None Very Small Small Medium > Medium
L/W Ratio .95 – 1.02 .89 – .94or1.03 – 1.05 .83 – .87or1.06 – 1.10 .80 – .83or1.11 – 1.15 > .80or< 1.15

Evaluating color in heart shaped diamonds is subjective. Keep in mind that many buyers may actually prefer the ever so slightly warmer colors of a G-H diamond over the cool colorlessness of a D-F diamond. In fact, most of the premium in price associated with heart shaped diamonds at the higher end of the color scale is driven by supply and demand; customers want the D-F color grades, and are willing to pay a premium to get them. In a world without diamond color grading, the price premium for higher grades would be much lower, as the actual differences in color are difficult to perceive.

The color chart below provides a general guide for evaluating color in heart shaped diamonds.

HEART SHAPED DIAMOND – COLOR GUIDE

EXCELLENT VERY GOOD GOOD FAIR POOR
< .50 ct. D – G H – I J – K L – M > M
.51-1.0 ct. D – F G H – I J – K > K
1.0-2.0 ct. D – F G – H I – J > J
> 2.0 ct. D – F G H – I > I
Fluoro None Faint – Med Strong Very Strong

Like color, evaluating clarity in heart shaped diamonds is subjective. GIA provides excellent help with their clarity grades. Still, it is important to understand that each customer will have a unique standard for clarity. Some may be perfectly comfortable with an inclusion as long as they cannot easily see it. Others may insist on a more technically flawless appearance. The clarity chart below provides a general guide for evaluating clarity in heart shaped diamonds.

HEART SHAPED DIAMOND – CLARITY GUIDE

EXCELLENT VERY GOOD GOOD FAIR POOR
< .50 ct. FL – VS2 SI1 – SI2 I1 I2 > I2
.51-1.0 ct. FL – VS1 VS2 – SI1 SI2 I1 – I2 > I2
1.0-2.0 ct. FL – VVS2 VS1 – VS2 SI1 – SI2 I1 > I1
> 2.0 ct. FL – VVS2 VS1 – VS2 SI1 SI2 > SI2

This information is taken from http://www.lumeradiamonds.com/diamond-education/heart-shaped-diamond

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