For a gemstone renowned as the definitive expression of love, the “Heart Shape” holds a special spot in the diamond’s pantheon of fancy cuts. Technically, it is a Pear-Shaped stone with a cleft at the top, but while Pear Shapes traditionally are elongated, the preferred length to width ration of the Heart Shape is 1:1. The distinctive curves at the top of the stone are difficult to cut, meaning that they are less commonly available in the marketplace.
Heart Shapes only rarely are available in lower-price ranges. This is due to a variety of factors. Stones weighing above 0 .5 carats are recommended, so that the details of their cleft and points are clearly distinguishable. They also tend to retain body color, meaning that buyers of goods in the standard white ranges are recommended to select diamonds with a grade not lower than F, and preferably higher.
Furthermore, the cut tends to exaggerate inclusion and flaws, depending on where they are located, meaning that higher clarity grades are often preferable. The technical expertise required to obtain a well-proportioned stone means that the cut grade should also be high.
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