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A diamond’s sparkle draws people in, inviting admiring glances and exclamations of wonder as the diamond’s facets reflect light, creating brilliance. Different diamond shapes, round, heart, oval, marquise, pear, baguette, and others, create facets that interact with and reflect light.  Many aspects of artistry and workmanship are required to create a truly brilliant diamond.  Polish, original stone quality, color, as well as shape and cut all contribute to the ultimate brilliance and beauty of the stone.  

What Cut Sparkles The Most?

When it comes to which cut sparkles the most it will mostly come down to the 4 C’s: Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat. But out of all the possible shapes, the round cut diamonds are known for sparkle when cut well. 

What Determines The Amount Of Sparkle?

Diamonds are judged using the 4 C’s: cut, clarity, color, and carat. Of these, many agree that cut is the hardest to evaluate. Cut is generally thought of as shape, but is so much more.  Cut is where the true artistry and skill of the lapidary is found. 

Factors That Affect The Sparkle In A Diamond

The following factors, as well as a few more, influence the brilliance of a diamond.

Table: largest facet

Crown: The top a diamond  

Pavilion: The bottom portion of a diamond

Culet: The facet at the tip of a gemstone, often not visible.

Depth: The height of a gemstone measured from bottom to the top

To learn more about these factors, you can read the following article by the International Gem Society.

Additional Factors

Additional factors influencing the beauty of a diamond include brightness, scintillation, and fire. Simply put, fire is how light scatters into rainbow colors from the diamond. Brightness is both internal and external white light as it is reflected. Scintillation is the sparkle-patterns of light and dark in the diamond.  

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