Facets form the surface of the diamonds. As light hits the surface of the diamonds, the light bounces off them like it would off a mirror. The point where the light bounces off the surface depends upon the quality of sculpted facets. The beauty of the diamond depends heavily on the reflection of light off the surface, the sparkle, fire, and brilliance. Below is a discussion on these 3 properties which decide the beauty of the emerald cut engagement rings
The Cut Of The Diamond Decides Everything
The concept of diamond cut is best understood if you can imagine a series of mirrors. If the light reflected off a mirror is again reflected in a controlled fashion, you can direct the light to the desired region. This can continue for as long as you want and let the light fall on the desired region. Diamonds also function similarly. The cutter of the diamond carefully orients the facets to direct the light back through the route where it came from. The more the light reflects through its path of entry, the better the cut grade would be. This also enhances the fire and brilliance of an emerald cut diamond.
Why Sparkle Is Different From Fire And Brilliance
The sparkle is sometimes referred to as the scintillation. It is closely related to the cut of the diamond, while it does not have much to do with the light traveling through the same path as the initial rays. Sparkle or scintillation is more related to the dancing of the light starting from facet to facet to the center of the diamond once it starts moving in the light. The cutter of the diamond has to direct the light upwards. Besides, it should also allow the light to cross the diamond to make it appear as if it is sparkling. This is why you should make the diamond cut a priority.
The Effect Of The Diamond Colors
Diamond color has an impact on what you see. Diamonds are found in different colors but it is only when you compare one diamond to a differently graded diamond that you notice the differences. The more yellow or white your diamond is, the more it will impact the color of the light reflected towards you.
In case the white light enters a diamond with no color (between D and E grades) or almost no color (between F and H grades), and a diamond which has a proper cut, then it will display a high level of fire, brilliance, and sparkle. Besides, it will display an almost pure vibrancy when you consider its color.
In case the white light moves into the diamond which is a yellow-colored stone, it will also have an impact on the light that comes out of it. Each color of the spectrum that comes out of the diamond would have traces of various degrees of yellow.
This does not mean that you have to keep away from buying a diamond with a yellow tint. This choice is completely personal.
A Color Trick To Save Money
As you go higher up the color grade, the higher the diamond will cost. Most people who look to save some money choose F-H color instead of the D-E colored diamonds.
It is important to note that there is a great trick to mask the color of the diamond— Fluorescence. Note that a third of all the mined diamond has the property of Fluorescence. As the degree of Fluorescence is higher, so is the effect of Fluorescence on the diamond color.
To save some money, you have to first find a yellow-colored diamond that has a blue fluorescence. The blue has a negating effect on the yellow color. Hence the diamond produces the more white color. This, in turn, produces a clearer spectrum of color when you examine it for brilliance, fire, and sparkle. If the facets are well-cut, the G-H color suits a light blue shade while the I-J color matches the medium blue shade better. Meanwhile, the K-M colored diamond is best suited to the strong blue shade.
Remember to avoid fluorescence if the diamond has a color grade between D-F. In the majority of the cases, this would not make the diamond whiter but makes it look more yellow or blue based on the color of fluorescence.
The sparkle is used to describe the flashes of light produced by a diamond when it moves under a light source. The light that is not reflected gets inside the diamond and is reflected many times within the facets towards the center of the diamond. This light that bounces off the facets is called scintillation. On the other hand, the light that exits the diamond after bouncing within the facets is seen as the fire of the diamond.
Overall, the quality of a diamond’s beauty is determined by their brilliance, fire, and sparkle which are directly affected by the diamond cut.