1. What’s the most important thing to look for on a heart-shaped diamond certificate?
Cut in the heart shape is essential, as are symmetry and polish. The reason that cut is particularly important is because Heart-shaped diamonds tend to suffer from something called the “bowtie effect”. This occurs when light passing through the stone creates a shadow over the central facets and for this reason it is essential to look out for the cut grade, as an excellent cut will make it less apparent than poorly cut heart-shaped stones.
2. How do you measure the length-to-width ratio on a heart-shape?
The length of a heart shape is measured from the highest points of the lobes to the bottom tip, and the width is measured at the widest point of the shape from one edge of the lobe to the other.
3.What effect does altering the Length: Width ratio and setting have on a heart shape?
A smaller ratio will make for a more rounded, or “plump” heart, while larger ratios will yield a more elongated heart-shape. The recommended ratio for heart shapes lies between 0.90 and 1.10, however it is entirely down to personal preference.
However, with heart-shaped diamonds it is worth choosing the setting carefully as this can impact on the appearance of the diamond. When a diamond of this shape is particularly small some opt for a bezel setting as this may enhance the shape. However, when the stone is bigger, we usually find a three-claw setting is more appealing, although setting is ultimately a matter of personal preference.
4. I would like to buy my girlfriend heart-shaped earrings for Valentine’s day…is that too corny?
First of all, diamonds are never corny but the majority of our heart-shaped diamond sales are pendants rather than earrings. Heart-shaped diamond necklaces have been popular since the shape was first cut in the early 15th Century and they’ve even been immortalised on film! (As if you could forget Kate & Leo…)
However, if you really want her to wear her heart on her ear, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a heart shaped diamond. You can always opt for the Amore earring and necklace collection which use heart-shaped settings set with small diamonds. See below. Or, you can just play it safe with the classic round brilliant studs…
5. How much does a heart-shaped diamond cost?
There are many factors that influence the price of a diamond…cut, colour, clarity, carat, fluorescence, etc. Stones up to 1 carat can cost anywhere between £700 and £7,000 if they are of optimal cut, colour and clarity grading, while stones of the same size with lower grades lie in the range between £250 and £3,000. It is important to remember that differences between two grades such as D colour and E colour are often barely visible and yet the price difference between them can be considerable. There are many ways to maximise your budget and with our collection of over 200,000 loose diamonds, you are sure to find something that works.
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