The heart shape is one of the unique diamond shapes that you can get. The heart shape symbolizes love and a heart-shaped diamond engagement ring can be priceless to your significant other. The cut of a heart-shaped diamond is very complicated and you may not get a good diamond just because the cut quality is good in the GIA certificate. There are a lot of other parameters which determine the quality and overall appearance of a heart-shaped diamond.
In this article, we are discussing how you can find a good heart-shaped diamond for your diamond ring.
There are different factors that affect the quality of heart-shaped diamonds. Let us start with cut quality.
As we already mentioned, the cut of a heart-shaped diamond is very complicated. For other diamond cuts, just by reading the GIA certificate, you could assess the cut quality of the diamond. This is not possible with a heart-shaped diamond. The GIA certificate of a heart-shaped diamond doesn’t have enough data to assess the cut quality.
Even though the GIA certificate of a heart-shaped diamond says it has good cut quality, you have to thoroughly examine the diamond before you purchase it.
Other factors you should consider are explained below.
Length To Width Ratio (L/W Ratio)
If a heart-shaped diamond has an L/W ratio of value 1, it means that the length is the same as the width of the diamond. L/W value of 1 is the most desired for a heart-shaped diamond. If the length-to-width ratio varies much from 1, the diamond will look stretched or bulbous. Such heart-shaped diamonds will not look natural and many people do not like their appearance.
Depth And Table Measurements
Heart-shaped diamonds also have a flat top facet called the table. The amount of light entering the diamond depends on the size of the table. As we all know, more light entry can improve the sparkle and brilliance of the diamond. For a heart-shaped diamond, the table should make up at least 54% percent of its overall width. The ideal table range is 56% to 62%.
The depth of a diamond is the length measurement from the top to the bottom. This value is also measured as a percentage of its width. The ideal depth value ranges between 56 and 66 percent for a heart-shaped diamond.
The factors that we explained are just the tip of the iceberg. Other factors to consider are symmetry, wings and belly measurements, clarity, color, etc.