Heart Shape Diamond

The Heart Cut diamond is ideal for any true romantic. This diamond is unique in shape and one of the rarest cuts, however, the meaning behind it could not be clearer. This diamond is also popular because it boasts a good amount of fire and thus has a beautiful sparkle.

Heart Shape Diamonds

Heart Diamond Shape

1. An Introduction

There is no better way of saying 'I love you' than with a Heart shape diamond. Out of all diamond shapes, this is the most distinctive. However, for this diamond to be truly spectacular, there are two things you need to look out for. Firstly, the symmetry needs to be good, and secondly the quality of the curve must be high, as this has an influence on the sparkle.

2. Features

Heart Diamond Shape

Depending on how the diamond has been made and the structure, the Heart Cut can change in appearance quite a bit. Usually, they have between 56 and 58 facets, and the length to width ratio is between 0.90 and 1.10. There can be either six, seven or eight pavilion facets. One thing you do need to be mindful of is that the heart diamond can suffer from the bow tie effect. This is when a shadow is cast across the central facets when light is passed through. To fix this, the depth of the pavilion can be adjusted as well as the angles of the facts, ensuring light is better diffused.  

3. Buying Advice

There are many characteristics to consider when buying this type of diamond. Firstly, you should consider either a bezel setting or a three-prong type setting. You are also advised to opt for a diamond with a high cut grade, as the bow tie effect is likely to occur in those with a poor cut. A smaller cut, i.e. two carats or less, is a good way to achieve more brilliance and fire. Finally, you simply must take a look at the quality of the curve and the overall finish.


Tal Cohen - MD The Jewelry Store NYC

4. History

Heart shape diamonds are not a new phenomenon; they can be traced back to the 16th century. However, heart shaped diamonds then would have been nothing like the ones we see today. In fact, they were more similar to a drop shape. This shape has been developed considerably thanks to the introduction of computer models and laser cutting tools. The Heart Cut as we know it came around in the 1900's. 

Where next?

Do you want to buy a Heart Cut diamond? Book a visit to our showroom in the Diamond District or browse through our inventory online

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