Heart Diamonds


What is a Heart Diamond?

As the name suggests, a heart shaped diamond is a distinctive cut in the shape of a heart. The heart diamond features faceting based on the round brilliant cut, meaning beautiful fire and sparkle. Heart diamonds date back to the 16th century. Originally given as a gift of friendship between two queens, the modern heart cut is an unmistakable token of passion.

How Many Facets does a Heart Diamond have?

What Makes a Heart Diamond Special?

Immediately evocative of adoration and romance, the heart diamond is a beautiful symbol of love. Its exquisite shape is not the only thing setting the heart cut apart. The modern heart diamond features facets similar to a round brilliant cut, meaning heart diamonds share the reputation for sparkle and life. A heart shape diamond is one of the more unusual cuts, chosen less frequently than rounds or other fancy cuts. You can expect to start conversations and elicit compliments with a heart diamond on your finger!

How do you Know if a Heart Diamond is Well Cut?

First we consider the visual impact of the stone - how does the fire, brightness, and scintillation appear? Second, the design - how well proportioned is the diamond? Finally, we look at the craftsmanship - how skillfully has the diamond been cut and polished? While heart diamonds are not given a formal cut grading, there are some suggested parameters to consider for a well-cut stone, including;

Length to width ratio: the length to width ratio of a diamond measures how proportional it is. Diamonds which fall within these parameters will be most pleasing to the eye, with a more distinct and even shape. The ideal length to width ratio of a heart diamond is 1.00, but personal preference can dictate whether you choose a narrower or wider stone. Look for a heart with a ration between 0.90 - 1.10.

Table: the table is the largest, central facet of a stone. The table needs to be large enough to let lots of light into the diamond, but not so large that the upper facets don’t have room to sparkle. Look for a heart diamond with a table ratio between 50 - 60%

Depth: a diamond’s depth is the top-to-bottom measurement of a diamond, from its table to culet. The depth ratio compares this measurement with the overall width of the stone. The depth affects the visual balance of a diamond and its brilliance. If a stone is too shallow or deep the light will not refract properly, escaping through the base of the diamond instead of the top. Look for a heart diamond with a depth ratio between 58 - 68%.

Choosing a Diamond Cut Grade

diamond cut guide

Choosing a Heart Diamond Colour

diamond colour guide

Choosing the Clarity of a Heart Diamond

diamond clarity guide

Is a Heart Cut the Diamond for You?

You’ve found your forever love, and are proud to share it with the world. This moment of celebration calls for the most romantic stone of all. If you embrace sweet and graceful style, a heart diamond is always charming - even in larger sizes. And if you love jewellery that is just a little bit different, a heart shape diamond is an ideal choice. With a heart diamond on your finger you are bound to attract admiring glances, so be prepared to tell your engagement story just one more time…