Are Hearts and Arrows Diamonds worth it?
“With the understanding that Brian Gavin specializes in hearts and arrows ideal cut diamonds, I’d like to know whether hearts and arrows diamonds are worth the premium. I’ve read a lot of articles that suggest that hearts and arrows diamonds offer the highest volume of light return and the best sparkle factor, but how does that compare with the light performance of an ideal cut diamond which does not exhibit a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows? A description of hearts and arrows quality that I’ve seen referenced again and again on your blog. I guess what I’m asking is whether there is an appreciable difference in light return and sparkle, or am I merely paying a premium for a hearts pattern that is only apparent through a scope.”
The Superior Sparkle of Hearts & Arrows Diamonds:
The proportions of a round brilliant cut diamond dictate the volume of light return, and affect the balance of brilliance (white sparkle) and dispersion (colored sparkle) exhibited by the diamond. Brian Gavin Signature round diamonds are produced to exacting standards, which require the proportions of the diamond be within a specific range which is well recognized for producing the highest volume of light return and the best balance of brilliance and dispersion.
Other factors such as the length of the lower girdle facets will have some effect upon the size and intensity of the sparkle. Polish and Symmetry will also have an affect upon the sparkle factor of a diamond. These are factors of diamond cut quality which are graded by the major gemological laboratories, and which most people are familiar with to some extent.
The Importance of Optical Precision:
The little known factor of diamond performance, which is rarely discussed because it is difficult and costly to achieve, is optical precision. This the consistency of facet shape, size, and alignment, judged from the perspective that it applies to the diamond as a three dimensional model. This differs from the standard symmetry grade that is reflected on diamond grading reports, which is “meet point symmetry” which primarily applies to how well the facet junctions align.
It is relatively easy to cut a diamond to ideal proportions, and achieve AGS Ideal-0 or GIA Excellent polish and symmetry. However, it is quite another thing to polish the facets of the diamond on to the surface with an extreme amount of precision. This is why true Hearts and Arrows diamonds account for about 0.001% of the annual production for round brilliant cut diamonds. The fact of the matter is that Brian Gavin Signature round hearts and arrows diamonds are the very best of the best, we set the standard for hearts and arrows diamonds.
The Advantage Provided by Hearts and Arrows Diamonds:
The benefit of buying a Brian Gavin Signature round hearts and arrows diamond versus a standard ideal cut diamond of the same or similar proportions, is that the higher degree of optical precision will produce sparkle which is larger in size, bolder, brighter, and more vivid. This is the difference between a diamond which offers excellent light performance, and one which exhibits the type of exceptional sparkle factor that people tend to notice from across the room!
It can be challenging for people to appreciate the difference between a true hearts and arrows diamond and a standard ideal cut diamond without having the opportunity to compare them side-by-side. Perhaps it is easier for you to appreciate the difference between two versions of a performance sports car, such as a Porsche 911.
If you were going to purchase a new Porsche 911, would you prefer the speed and performance of one which is equipped with a turbo charger, and which has been fine tuned to deliver racing type performance? Or would you be satisfied with the standard version of the Porsche 911, as it rolls off of the factory floor out on to the showroom floor with no further fine tuning?
If you prefer the heightened performance and speed provided by the turbo-charged Porsche 911 which has been further fine tuned to deliver racing performance, then you’ll want to buy the Brian Gavin Signature round hearts and arrows diamond, as opposed to a standard ideal cut diamond of similar proportions.
For more about Hearts and Arrows – check out our Hearts and Arrows Buying Guide.