Just as every person has many different qualities that all come together to make up who they are, a diamond is the same way. Even when you read a great resume you may be surprised to discover that this person is not quite everything they have claimed to be. Again, reading the numerical qualities of a diamond versus examining one in person can lead to the same story.
Until now, I had been learning about the standard 4 Cs (Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat) from observing interactions with clients during my time working here. When I did a google search, I felt overwhelmed by the endless information on the topic, so I decided to have a chat with Philip Weisner (store owner), and found he had a few fresh pointers to add and the 5th C! This I had not seen while searching the web.
Tamar (Me): I keep hearing that Cut is the most important factor to consider for how much a diamond will shine. Is this true and what exactly does the “cut” refer to?
Philip Weisner: Cut can refer to the shape (round, pear, oval, marquise, emerald, etc…) or to how well a diamond is cut – including how well-proportioned it is and how well the facets line up. Cut is one of the most important elements in creating the beauty of a diamond, or almost anything for that matter. As an example, if a suit or dress is made of the finest fabric, but has been poorly crafted, it will never look right. On the other hand, you can take a rough piece of burlap and if it is sewn together perfectly, it will look like a million dollars. Likewise, a poorly cut D Flawless diamond, the whitest and clearest diamond, can look like junk if it is poorly cut. Yet, an imperfect, off-color stone can look magnificent if it is cut wonderfully.
Stay tuned to find out what the 5th C is…