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A beautiful symbol that has been worked with a lot of expertise and care in the smallest details. The Diamond Heart shaped necklace is undoubtedly a work of art.
Let's quickly review some of the factors that should be taken into account before deciding.
Heart shaped diamonds are the most romantic type of diamond cut and perhaps one of the most intricate. These well-crafted pieces are dazzling, their 56-58 facets are based on a modified version of the popular round cut.
One of the reasons this cut is not so common is precisely the skill required to obtain an ideal model.
It requires large pieces from which to mold its characteristic shape.
Although it is considered a "modern" model, it has actually existed since the 16th century. It was Queen Mary of Scotland who gave Queen Elizabeth in 1562 a diamond ring in the shape of a heart, as a token of sincere friendship.
Defining perfection in a diamond heart shaped pendant is a complicated matter as it depends on many subjective variables. If you really want to acquire one, take into account each of the properties detailed below so that you can distinguish a good model.
The GIA color scale ranges from D diamonds (completely colorless) to Z diamonds (completely colored in yellow or brown). Heart cut diamonds are quite brilliant models so it is a little more difficult to notice with the naked eye if it is completely white.
For platinum and white gold settings you may want to go for lighter diamonds from G and up, while if you are going for bolder designs like yellow and rose gold prefer J models or higher.
The diamond Clarity refers to the imperfections that a gemologist may notice when evaluating the diamond using special x10 magnification lenses. Some even with lenses are difficult to see. The levels would be:
- Flawlees (F).
- Internally flawless (IF).
- With very very small inclusions (VVS1, VVS2).
- With very small inclusions (VS1, VS2).
- With small inclusions (SI1, SI2).
- Included (I1, I2, I3).
Being a brilliant model, heart-shaped diamonds in the SI range and up rarely have imperfections visible to the naked eye, unless they are close to the edges.
Getting a flawless diamond is almost impossible and for this reason a diamond whose imperfections are invisible to the naked eye costs considerably more.
An unusual brilliant heart cut that also has good proportions and a high level of clarity is an extremely rare and unique piece, which is reflected in the price.
The carat weight of a heart-shaped diamond should be at least in the upper 0.5 carats. Any piece below this may not have a shape defined enough to be understood by the naked eye. Considering that the property that stands out most in this interesting setting is its shape, weight becomes a priority.
If you want a good heart-shaped diamond, it is best to purchase 1 carat and up.
A negative aspect may be that larger diamonds are more prone to reveal impurities because of their larger surface area, so it is recommended to increase their clarity scale as the weight increases.
Because the unparalleled appearance of a heart-shaped diamond is one of its greatest attractions, the cut is the main property you should be concerned about. By cut we mean the set of technical specifications related to angles, facets, side size and depth.
The cut of the heart-shaped diamond is what defines its overall shape, internal patterns, ability to reflect light and the overall symmetry of its figure. Creating a beautiful heart is not easy, but not impossible either.
The table is the flat top facet of the diamond. Depending on how large the table is in comparison to the overall width of the diamond it is assigned a percentage that works similar to a comparison. In almost all cuts it is the same.
The table percentage directly impacts the filtration of light into the diamond, as it bounces off the other facets then the diamond begins to sparkle. A table ranging from 57% to 63% is the target.
Depth is also measured as a percentage of the total width of the diamond and, similar to the table, plays an important role in the interaction with light. A good diamond, depending on its general characteristics, aims for values close to 54-65% depth.
Symmetry is, within the cut, one of the most important elements that define the overall appearance of a brilliant heart cut diamond. Analyzing symmetry basically consists of verifying that the different parts that make up the overall anatomy of the heart cut are attractive.
The first thing is to check the cleavage at the top of the diamond, a cleavage should be obvious and easy to distinguish. The tip of the diamond should be distinct and pointed. At least enough to appreciate the junction of both sides of the heart.
- The bulbs the bulging areas at the top - should be rounded, but not so rounded as to give the diamond a fattened appearance. Both sides should have the same general shape and be at the same height.
- The wings and belly of the heart-shaped diamond (the sides) define the sides and have great impact on the final shape. Make sure the outline is stylized enough so that the shape is evident to the naked eye.
Shape proportion has to do with the ratio of length to width that is in a diamond. This definitely affects its overall appearance. A heart diamond that is longer than it is wide will look similar to an arrow or pear cut teardrop style. A cut wider than long will round out the heart too much and compromise its appearance.
Ideally, prefer a cut whose length and width specifications are as close to 1.00 as possible. This means that the diamond should be as long as it is wide.
A heart shaped diamond can be measured very easily, you can even estimate its carat weight. You just need to have a suitable tool that makes it easy to take such measurements, such as a graduated tape.
- The width of the diamond is equal to its most distant ends, that is, the width of the diamond is calculated or measured only on its widest side.
- The length of the diamond is measured from the tip to the top of its cleavage.
- Depth is the distance from the top facet of the diamond (the table) to the lowest point of the diamond. Depth is usually reflected as the percentage of the total width.
- An estimate of carat weight can easily be calculated as:
Width X Length X Depth (calculated as Width X %depth) X 0.006.
With this form you can calculate an estimate of the carat weight of your diamond to ensure that you are looking at a legitimate offer. This data should be clearly reflected in your GIA report.
There is no hard and fast rule about how do you wear a heart shaped diamond necklace. Although you may find some general considerations about fine jewelry of this type useful.
A heart shaped jewelry is a warm, romantic and very feminine piece. This is the same reason why it is recommended to wear more serious formal or casual attire when wearing this type of symbol.
The idea is that the warmth of the heart symbol contrasts with dark or neutral colors, closed necklines and serious styles, to create an elegant and charming balance.
If very colorful or cheerful styles are used, the heart designs are likely to give a false message of exaggerated childlike innocence which is not pleasing in an adult context.
Likewise, a fine heart piece with very formal attire in competitive settings such as the office may convey a false sense of fragility or gentleness which may or may not be favorable, depending on the context.
Be that as it may, heart-shaped jewelry are iconic pieces that often reflect the purest feelings of love and affection of those who give them as gifts, making them worthy of being worn at all times.
Knowing that heart shaped diamonds have to be above 0.5 carats for their beautiful shape to be distinguishable to the naked eye, it gives the impression that they are more expensive than other cuts, which is false.
Heart-shaped diamonds are typically 15%-20% more affordable than popular round cuts with similar characteristics, while offering great brilliance and unique aesthetics.
In the ranking of fancy cuts, the heart reaches prices very similar to the marquise and oval, minimally above. As long as they possess similar cut level, weight, clarity and color characteristics.
Once you've finished touring all the features of this exquisite and romantic diamond cut, you'll enjoy viewing the properties of this dazzling Necklace Platinum Heart Shape Diamond design by Albert Hern.
This stunning 3.02 carat piece has a GIA certification stating its proportions and cut properties. An exacting crystalline piece with E color and a high VVS2 purity level that is eye clean and free of surface imperfections. A good symmetry, cut with a high level of skill.
A piece that will dazzle everyone around it, with which the greatest declarations of pure love can be created.
With a subtle, yet firm setting that allows light to pass through with well-crafted patterns without pronounced interior overlaps, ensuring exquisite brilliance and fire.
In short, the most powerful way to say "I love you".