the Cut
Natural color diamonds are cut into a variety of shapes. The shape and cut of a diamond selected by the diamontaire is the one that will maximize the color, and is most appropriate for the model of the rough diamond crystal. Skilled cutters fashion these diamonds we admire by creating beautiful misaic patterns of color that sparkle like no other gemstone. Diamond cutting centers are located predominantly in Antwerp, New York, Israel and India.
Shapes of Color Diamonds
  • Heart
  • Radiant
  • Cushion
  • Round
  • Oval
  • Pear
  • Emerald
Cut Affects Color
The cut of a natural color diamond plays an important role in determining the diamond's color and brilliance. The strength of color in a diamond can drastically improve by changing angles on the pavilion or crown of a stone. The proportions that are considered ideal for colorless diamonds do not apply to color diamonds. Members of the Natural Color Diamond Association are passionate about their cutting, will sometimes have a stone cut several times before being satisfied. A table size over 72% can make the stone's color lighter, whereas a thick girdle
Cut vs. Carat
Weight is sacrificed to obtain better color, a better make…or better clarity in a diamond. However, every bit of carat weight counts because these diamonds are sold based on their carat weight. Some extremely valuable diamonds such as vivid pink and blue have been sold at auctions in excess of $1M/ct. This translates to $10,000 for every percent of a carat lost during cutting.
Quick Tips
for Consumers
A list of five expert quick tips to help make your natural color diamond purchase an educated as well as pleasant experience...