On the very borderline of skill and art, the grinding process can be defined as the human contribution to the natural beauty of diamonds.

In efforts to differentiate themselves, and because of increasing demand for precision in cutting, many manufacturers fashioned diamonds to exacting standards throughout the decade. Note the precise arrow pattern in this 1.54 ct diamond

Grinding itself depends from reflection of light, because this enchanting effect is transfered from the diamonds facets to the curious observers eye. Quality evaluation is based on a comparison of stone with ideal proportions and symmetry of a mathematically calculated model, while all deviations from the model are classified in the International category. When it comes to design, round brilliant diamond carries the title of the most popular form, which is traditionally used to decorate the engagement ring.

A well-cut diamond displays the beauty consumers expect to see in a diamond

As a general rule, the higher the cut grade, the brighter the diamond. Under fluorescent lighting, these diamonds (left to right) display high, moderate, and low brightness

Fancy-shape diamonds, along with the classic round diamonds, are popular choices for today's jewelry consumer. - Courtesy Lazare Kaplan Diamonds

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