Hearts & Arrows Diamonds
These are precision cut variations of the traditional 57 faceted round brilliant cut. They are cut to ideal proportions with superior optical symmetry and a specific faceting pattern. When all these factors are in harmony the result is a repeatable, near perfect pattern of eight symmetrical arrows in the face up position and eight symmetrical hearts when viewed in the table down position through a special magnifying viewer.
Below is an example of the pattern seen on the top and underside of a diamond with exceptional hearts and arrows characteristics. The perfect cut and polished diamond gives the desired "Hearts and Arrows" effect on the top and bottom of the diamond.
Diamonds with a Hearts and Arrows cut command a premium in the world market, reflecting the greater time needed to produce and greater loss of weight from rough, as well as their generally top overall cut quality. However a Hearts and Arrows grading in conjunction with Excellent or Ideal cut grade will give a superb sparkle.