Hearts & Arrows Cut
Only a small percentage of diamonds cut every year would receive the highest grade for cutting on the American Gem Society's influential 0 - 10 scale. Ironically, all or nearly all of them could. It's just a matter of human will.
Today, new diamond imaging technology has reawakened the appetite for quality. It's already happened in Japan. Two decades ago, a visionary named Takanori Tamura built a diamond business on a commitment to perfection. And because of his uncompromising devotion to high standards, the super ideal cut was born.
How did Tamura know his diamonds were perfect? An instrument called the Firescope, invented as a means to demonstrate the superiority of one diamond over another, showed an eight-rayed reflection pattern in stones cut with perfect symmetry and ideal proportions.
Tamura realized this pattern bore a resemblance to an ancient mandala that represents the eight-spoked wheel of dharma, a central icon of Buddhism, synonymous with spiritual perfection. Although other diamonds cut to ideal proportions possessed life, fire, and symmetry, Tamura refused to buy them unless they displayed the unique emblem of perfection he called the "eight star pattern" under the Firescope. This pattern, and the similar perfect "hearts and arrow" patterns, are products of a quest for ultimate beauty in a diamond.
You don't have to be a Buddhist to understand how deeply Tamura felt about diamond beauty and the responsibility of cutters to make each stone the highest expression of it. This is what the recent revolution is about: the ideal-cut diamond as an archetype of perfection. In the United States our symbol for perfection is a diamond that conforms to a set of angles and proportions first set down by Marcel Tolkowsky -- a member of a Belgian cutting family-- In 1919 he published a short paper entitled Diamond Design. This was the first analysis of diamond cutting design based on modern scientific theories of light behavior. Although Diamond Design was first published in England, Tolkowsky's design is often called the "American Ideal" because U.S. cutters were the first to produce it in significant quantities.
In the 1950's the American Gem Society (AGS) adopted Tolkowsky's model as its standard for grading cut. The only modification to the basic design were establishing limited ranges for table size, crown height, pavilion depth and girdle thickness. In 1995, the updated model was renamed the AGS Ideal Cut. The demand for diamonds cut according to the AGS Ideal has increased substantially, and today numerous cutters are producing designs
The AGS Ideal 0 Cut grade represents the best in diamond cutting: AGS 0 is only assigned to a diamond in which correct proportions, precise symmetry, and fine polish are combined to produce an optimum display of brilliance, scintillation and dispersion. The impression is a harmonious balance between the physical dimensions of the diamond and the optical components of its beauty.
Please be aware that not all diamonds with AGS Ideal 0 cut grade will display the eight star pattern or hearts and arrows pattern when viewed through the Firescope. Diamonds that display these patterns are special and are considered super ideal cuts or high ideal cuts. They have virtually perfect cut and symmetry. The diagram shows six different diamonds that received Ideal 0 cut grades from the AGS Gem Trade Laboratory. However, all six do not display the eight-star pattern under the Firescope.
It is important to know that one will normally pay higher prices for perfectly cut hearts and arrows diamonds than for those diamonds which show a less perfect pattern. It is important to know that Hearts and Arrows cut diamonds are rare. The great majority of diamonds sold today show no recognizable Hearts and Arrows pattern when viewed through a firescope or similar device. This is because extra time was devoted to a special cutting process that ensures the integrity of the hearts and arrows pattern. It is virtually impossible to distinguish the subtle differences in appearance between diamonds that have AGS 0 ideal cut and those that have hearts and arrows cut under normal viewing conditions. The pattern can only be seen using the Firescope or a similar viewing deviice.
The Droste's 'Love' Light' Diamond:
Droste's amazing new 'Loves Light diamond offers you great advantage over other diamonds sold today that display the hearts and eight rayed star pattern. A Droste's 'Loves Light' Diamond often offers you savings of up to 25% when compared to other brand name diamonds that display the Hearts and Arrows pattern. These include names like 'Hearts of Fire' and 'Eight Star'.
Because the 'Loves Light' Diamond is a trademarked brand of Droste's Jewelry Shoppes, Inc., and we hand select our Ideal Cut 'Love's Light' diamonds from the best cutters in the world, we are able to buy diamonds that display the heart and eight star pattern for significantly less. You save because we refuse to pay the addtional high cost associated with brand names like 'Hearts on Fire' or 'Eight Star'. When you compare Droste's 'Loves 'Light' Ideal Cut Diamonds to other brand name diamonds, you will discover that a Droste's 'Loves Light' Diamond offers significant savings on equal quality.
If you have any questions regarding Droste's affordably beautiful 'Loves Light' Diamonds or hearts and arrows diamonds, call either of Droste's two convenient locations and one of our Certified Gemologist-Appriasers will be happy to assist you in finding the diamond that is right for you.