Where to Buy The Finest Cut Hearts and Arrows Diamonds

The advent of the Hearts and Arrows effect in the market has become an excellent tool for consumers to see perfection in optical symmetry. Optical symmetry however is somewhat challenging to quantify. The variations between each diamond cutter not to mention the difference between each stone means that certain criteria have yet to be standardized for consumers to avoid discrepancies. Labs grade Color, Clarity and Cut. Hearts and Arrows effect are not something that receives a mention on any lab report. It certainly would be great if this were an aspect that lab reports (diamond certificates) were to make mention of. Diamond Manufacturers do deserve to be rewarded for the excellence shown in the production of optical symmetrical stones. Consumers would also benefit by being able to purchase  assuredly and with comfort.

For this reason one wants to be careful when buying a diamond that is said to be a Hearts and Arrows diamond.

Fortunately it only takes a few minutes to get acquainted with the basics so one knows what to look for.

Hearts and Arrows Diamonds are diamonds that exhibit specific characteristics. They are diamonds that have been cut to ideal proportions and show a pattern of hearts and arrows when seen through a Hearts & Arrows Scope. The arrows are seen when viewing the diamond through its crown, and the hearts pattern is seen when viewing the diamond when its pointy end, the culet, is facing the viewer. While there are slight variations in the exact design of a diamond which shows hearts and arrows, there are characteristics which define hearts and arrows diamonds.

First, they are cut in such a way as to have ideal proportions. Second, they must receive a grade of excellent in terms of optical symmetry and light performance. Third, they must display a specific faceting pattern of hearts and arrows when viewed through a Hearts and Arrows Scope. When all these factors are present the result is a near perfect pattern of eight symmetrical arrows in the face up position and eight symmetrical hearts when viewed in the table down position.

The perfectly shaped hearts are formed when the main pavilion facets are cut at the correct angles and polished with such perfection in symmetry that their reflection results in a perfect heart pattern. Once the perfect heart pattern has been attained, the perfect arrow pattern in the crown results.

To arrive at this state requires meticulous attention to detail at every stage of the diamond’s production. Diamonds in their rough state are octahedral as shown below.

rough diamonds
Diamonds in the Rough. Photo: Brian Gavin


This is a photo of rough diamonds as they are after having been extracted from the ground but before being sent to get cut and polished.

The photo was taken by Brian Gavin, one of the worlds most renowned diamond cutters, during his visit with diamond wholesaler Alrosa as he carefully sorted through the precious stones he would select to later work on.

When selecting diamonds to be cut into one of Brian Gavin’s signature cuts, whether the Brian Gavin Hearts and Arrows or the Brian Gavin Cushion Hearts and Arrows there are a slew of specifications that Brian Gavin checks to make sure that the cutting process results in a perfect Hearts and Arrows diamond. Brian Gavin is a skilled diamond cutter who is known to take meticulous care when selecting diamonds he is going to work on.

Cutting diamonds so that the crown and pavilion angle reflect just the right offset requires an experienced cutter. When done according to the optimum calculated angles this process ensures the highest volume of light return and an ideal balance of brilliance (technical term for white sparkle) and dispersion (more easily described as colored sparkle). Another thing that the correct proportions result in is that the sparkle will be broad spectrum. This basically means that it is larger in size, bolder, brighter, and more vivid. As a fifth generation diamond cutter, Brian Gavin knows exactly how to cut diamonds to deliver maximum light performance, and optimize visual performance.

The average diamond cutter has traditionally remained focused on cutting diamonds to retain the maximum amount of carat weight. This often results in compromises.

Brian Gavin is not like all those other cutters. He is one of the few cutters intent on ensuring every diamond is precisely cut to the highest degree of craftsmanship.

Brian Gavin has the requisite skills to accomplish this. After all he is a fifth generation diamond cutter. As creator of his internationally renowned Signature Hearts and Arrows diamond he has become a recognized authority and consultant on diamond cutting and jewelry design. When acquiring a diamond from Brian Gavin you are assured of superior quality and service backed by the knowledge and expertise of five generations of expert diamond cutters. Heritage, history, trust, world-renowned expertise – and the most beautiful diamonds you could hope to lay your eyes on – all that combines, dear reader, as the mark of a Brian Gavin Signature diamond.



Optical Symmetry is the term used by the industry to describe the precision of facet alignment and shape per section of diamond design, it is not the same “symmetry” grade which appears on diamond grading reports like those issued by the AGS or GIA gemological laboratories. Rather it is a factor of diamond grading which is beyond the knowledge of most jewelry sales people, who mostly rely on the information provided on diamond grading reports to determine the cut quality of the diamonds they sell.

While all of the Brian Gavin Signature Cushion Cut Diamonds like the one shown in the video above, have been graded by the American Gem Society Laboratory (AGSL) as having an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0, which is the highest cut grade available from the AGSL, it does not take the optical symmetry of the diamonds into account, it is a light performance grading platform.

Light Performance refers to the levels of light return being exhibited by the diamond in terms of the volume of light return and the brightness of the diamond. Optical symmetry has more to do with the production of virtual facets, as well as the number of flashes of light, and the size and  intensity of the sparkle.

The best way to judge diamonds for their ability to produce high levels of sparkle factor, is to look at the optical symmetry of the diamond as seen through various reflector scopes, such as the ASET Scope, Ideal Scope, and Hearts & Arrows viewer. All those various scope images are shown on the diamond details pages for the Brian Gavin Signature Cushion Cut Diamonds.

Where can I buy the best diamond close to 1 carat for under $5000?

When speaking of “best” we have to consider that there can be subtle differences in taste, however it is generally agreed that the diamond should not look dull and lifeless. Therefore a diamond that can be deemed to provide the best value while displaying fine features will always be one that has the highest quality cut, highest grade of polish, have the highest grades in terms of proportion and will have optimum ratios. It will also have as few inclusions/clouds/feathering as possible so as not to detract from its beauty.

Having said that, choosing a diamond within budget will, with few exceptions, involve some form of compromise. It is generally a matter of finding those compromises which are acceptable.

(if the specific diamonds I showcase in this post are no longer available by the time you read this post, hopefully the information here will help you to find your own ideal diamond within your budget)

So here goes.

To stay under $5000 I began my search among the diamonds that are just under 1 carat. The price per carat does jump once the diamond reaches 1 carat, as is the case at several weight points. This means that the best bargains are to be found just below the whole, quarter, half, or three quarter carat markers.

First stop will be BlueNile.com

Setting the search parameters to include all diamonds that are $4900-$5000 will give us way too many hits. So I have narrowed the search by including only those diamonds that have been give an Ideal Cut grade or better, and an H to G color grade. The clarity grade I have chosen is VVS1 to VVS2. I’ve left the carat search field as is so we can see everything that this search gives us.

diamond search $5000 close to 1 caratOf the 21 diamonds this search turns up there are two for which BlueNile offers us 360 degree views. Taking a closer look at those two diamonds GIA reports I can see that one of them lists Pinpoint, Needle, Cloud amongst its clarity characteristics.

Therefore I will eliminate that diamond from my shortlist.

The one which will make it onto my shortlist is this one:

0.90-Carat Round Diamond

Stock number LD08079367
Price per carat $5,466
Carat weight 0.90
Shape Round
Color H
Clarity VVS1
Length/width ratio 1.01
Depth % 62.6%
Table % 57.0%
Polish Excellent
Symmetry Very Good
Girdle Medium to Slightly Thick
Culet None
Fluorescence None
Measurements 6.17 x 6.09 x 3.83 mm

We can see here that the price per carat is over $5000 and it would be unrealistic at this point in time to expect to get a 1 carat diamond without compromising in other areas such as quality of cut, clarity, color, which quite frankly are usually a lot more disappointing than a very small compromise in size.


Looking at this diamond’s GIA report we can see that there is a mention of “feather”. This is pretty common and sometimes the feather is a very minor internal flaw. But without a more detailed report we can’t actually see how much feathering there is in this diamond. A less detailed report like this does cost less than a full work up, but the compromise in this case results in some unknowns.

Apart from that minor concern, everything else looks great. No fluorescence to worry about, Symmetry is “very good”, which means it could be better, but the 360 degree view shows us that it’s very close to being “excellent”.

The next place we will look is at VictorCanera.com

VictorCanera stands out among the diamond jewelers I list here on MyTop10DiamondWebsites.com because Victor Canera is one of the jewelers that doesn’t actually stock any diamonds that one would regret buying. All the stock listed on their site is owned by Victor Canera. To see more about the difference between owned stock and virtual stock please see this post here.This allows Victor Canera to only select diamonds that are up to their standards.

Essentially it boils down to Victor Canera establishing a business that is not a sales machine but whose aim is to create beautiful things that people will truly love to own.

This all makes searching for diamonds much easier at VictorCanera.com than at many other websites as you aren’t faced with any dud diamonds.

Today’s search at VictorCanera.com turns up a beautiful diamond that is within the goal of being under $5000.

0.892 ct H – SI1 Canera Ideal Hearts Diamond

0.892 ct H - SI1 Canera Ideal Hearts Diamond under $5000
0.892 ct H – SI1 Canera Ideal Hearts Diamond under $5000

The diamond has had its lab report issued by AGS which is preferred by diamond cutters who have their own signature cut. Victor Canera explains why:

“AGS’ ground-breaking research in Cut and Light Performance has immensely contributed to the understanding of diamonds. AGS is considered the authority in the Cut analysis of diamonds.” – Victor Canera


Comparing this Victor Canera Ideal Hearts Diamond to the diamond listed at Blue Nile above we can see that this one’s symmetry is much better in terms of length to width ratio. The Victor Canera diamond is has almost identical length and width with a tiny tiny difference of .02 mm, whereas the one listed at Blue Nile has a difference between length and with of a gaping .08 mm. The near perfect symmetry of Victor Canera’s diamond plays an important role in this diamond receiving such a high rating from AGS on its Platinum Light Performance Diamond Quality Report.

What makes this diamond the winner is that it is a Canera Ideal Hearts.

As I mentioned above the high quality of Victor Canera diamonds begins with the selection of the world’s best rough diamonds. The diamond in the rough, is passed on to master diamond cutters who represent centuries of amassed knowledge of diamond cutting. The experience and skill of the polisher is further enhanced with the use of the world’s most modern diamond polishing technologies. After the rough diamond is polished, the stone is further inspected and only stones exhibiting ideal optical symmetry through hearts and arrows patterns continue to the next stage. And of course to make sure that only the best of the best are included in Victor Canera inventory the verification of Canera Ideal Hearts, Hearts and Arrows Diamonds is done through AGS Laboratories. The AGS labs are known as being one of the most rigorous laboratories in the world. Affirming its precision, Canera Ideal Hearts diamonds always achieve the distinction of receiving AGS Laboratory’s highest scores of 0 or Ideal, for Cut, Polish, Symmetry and Light Performance otherwise known as AGS 000.

Hopefully this write up will help you find your ideal diamond. Also you will be glad to know that you can call Victor Canera and arrange a free consultation. (Let him know Thomas J Stevens from mytop10diamondwebsites.com referred you, if you can.)

Alternately please send me your question through the contact form.

Your question will be used as a starting point for another blog post (though I’ll email the recommendation to you first so you can have a chance to reserve the diamond I recommend).

Happy diamond hunting.

Where Can I Buy The World’s Most Finely Cut Diamonds Online?

I was recently asked if I could help someone with their search for a jeweler that provides precision cut diamonds. Specifically the question was Where Can I Buy The World’s Most Finely Cut Diamonds Online (ideal AGS cut rating)? The diamond needed was for an engagement ring.

Short answer: Victor Canera
Victor Canera specialises in the following cuts: Hearts and Arrows Diamonds, Antique Cushion Diamonds, (a high performance diamond cut modeled on Old Mine Diamonds), and European Round Diamonds.

They have a wide variety of sizes in stock ranging from 0.3 carat – 4 carat
The range of clarity of Victor Canera stock is only of the highest grade, ranging from IF to SI1
And to top it off the Cut/Polish/Symmetry grades of Victor Canera stock is IDEAL grade.
Victor Canera jewelry is hand forged, which is a far superior way to make jewelry to your regular wax mold process.

Essentially their business is providing their customers with perfection.

Pure and simple.

A Victor Canera Ring is an infusion of three elements. This video explains how these elements are inherent in every VC design.

 Visit www.VictorCanera.com now.

Long answer:

The long answer also includes some advice on how to find a good jeweler within your local area. However for most people the highest quality finely cut diamonds will not be within driving distance. Therefore visiting a jewelry store in person is not feasible for everyone. Many people will have to conduct their search online. Luckily for anyone with internet access Victor Canera has an online presence and provides not only the highest quality cut diamonds but is also where you can have the finest hand forged jewelry made.

After gaining a little knowledge about diamonds very few people will content themselves buying from the mall jeweler. A great deal of chain stores are simply unable to provide high quality stones, much less finely cut diamonds with a super ideal cut. The diamonds found in many chain stores are simply unable to withstand a great deal of scrutiny.

Where to begin

If you think it takes a fair amount of effort to find a high quality diamond jeweler, you’re actually not too far off the mark. Short of flying around the world and spending time in Antwerp, Hong Kong and New York , you’re usually stuck with whatever local jewelers are within your immediate area. And then there’s the internet. With countless businesses vying for your attention it’s no easy task to choose and sift through the pages and pages of information. There doesn’t seem to be any easy way to locate that perfect diamond. The problem often compounds when you do find a jeweler that sells online but you’re not really sure about all the diamond jargon, so it all gets a bit overwhelming.

If you are confused and frustrated don’t despair.

The following points are designed to help with the initial screening process. The aim of this article is to help the smart shopper avoid difficulties which may be encountered when navigating the world wide web, in particular when shopping for precision cut diamonds. This article will include links to jeweler websites that I have screened and consider to be the best of the best of the best. As mentioned above, one of the jewelers that has an online presence and whom I would recommend to anyone looking for the world’s most finely cut diamonds is Victor Canera.

Yet there is a service that has been running for a number of years designed to connect shoppers to the best local jewelers that not only provide high quality stones but also provide excellent service, having passed a series of secret shopper tests. To read more about this please see the page explaining the FindMyJewelerTM service.

However if you would like to conduct your own search for jewelers that provide the world’s most finely cut diamonds here are some tips.

Owned stock or Virtual Stock

Something which can get overlooked when browsing a diamond jeweler’s website is whether the jeweler has stock listed on their website which they own or if the inventory is virtual stock. Virtual stock is very similar to drop shipping, though there are some technical differences which don’t make a huge difference in regards to the aim of this article so don’t need to be gotten into. The main point which this article addresses in regards to virtual stock is to realise that if the jeweler owns the stock themselves they will usually be able to lay eyes on the diamond and describe it to you. This is something which should not be underestimated. A diamond jeweler can’t help but appreciate the beauty of a well cut diamond and this will show in the way they describe it to you whether over the phone or via online chat or even by email. If diamond is from the jeweler’s “virtual stock” it means that it is held by the wholesaler. This presents two drawbacks which, though not major, should be considered. One, the diamond in “virtual stock” may get sold to someone else by another retailer/jeweler and you will have to spend time selecting another diamond. Two, as mentioned above the online jeweler may have no more information than is listed on their own website and therefore can’t give you any more information. To my knowledge the highest quality diamonds are not found within the virtual selections. There may be exceptions to this, but I haven’t come across such exceptions yet.

If high performance and fine quality is an important factor I would suggest that searching through virtual inventory is not going to turn up anything of note. If you are hoping for the jeweler to lay eyes on the diamond so it can be described to you, work with jewelers that own their entire stock.

Signature cut

Time is not the only reason to select a jeweler that owns their stock. If a jeweler/diamond cutter has developed their own signature cut they will in most cases be very meticulous when choosing which diamonds they acquire. Again, here is an area where Victor Canera shines, and it is another reason, among the many, why I am featuring their website repeatedly throughout this article. The diamonds selected by Victor Canera are of the highest grade and they are cut to the highest standard.

the world's most finely cut diamonds
Victor Canera: the world’s most finely cut diamonds
What’s a signature Cut?

To explain what a signature cut is we will first remind ourselves about the basic elements that make a cut diamond such a wondrous thing of beauty. A finished diamond attests to both an impressive feat of nature and of human achievement. A diamond’s scintillation, fire and brilliance* are mostly the result of three well known factors: the quality of the cut, the clarity of the stone, and the color of the stone. The classic diamond shape most commonly used in rings, known by various names but usually referred to as the round brilliant is based on a design published by an engineering student in 1919. The 20 year old Marcel Tolkowsky included this mathematical formula as part of his dissertation for his Ph. D. While the results were impressive for the day the mathematical calculations required to determine theoretically how light would bounce around and disperse in a diamond were calculated by him at a time when computers had not yet been invented. Since the time of his original dissertation many improvements have been added to the science of diamond cutting.  These improvements are incorporated into designs known as Signature Cuts. These designs are often light years ahead of the rest. And yet despite these marvellous improvements people can easily settle on a design that is based on century old calculations! In this day and age there are some wonderful signature cuts to choose from. Admittedly some signature cuts are a little over hyped, but there are some that are definitely worth a closer look.
*Brilliance = white light; Fire = colored light; Scintillation = play of white and colored light in motion.

The Victor Canera signature cuts truly are the result of the highest level of craftsmanship one can imagine.

The Canera Ideal Hearts (CIH) exhibits exemplary physical and Optical Symmetry , Light Performance.

The Emilya Halo Solitaire, hand forged in Precious Platinum pictured above features a 4ct Canera Ideal Hearts & Arrows Round diamond. A halo of Single Cut pave surrounds the center stone. The shank is adorned with “shallow U-Cut” Single Cut pave otherwise known as cut down. The U-Cut pave used throughout maximizes the size of the diamonds minimizing the amount of seen metal. As it is hand forged it is a much higher quality end product than it would be if a wax mold were to be used, as would be the case if this type of design were to be attempted by most other jewelers.

The above ring is to be found at:


The video above shows two Canera European Round Old European Cut Diamonds.

  1. www.victorcanera.com/diamonds/32h62n-1.515-e-vs1-ideal-estimated-old-european-cut
  2. www.victorcanera.com/diamonds/r4qf5a-1.492-f-si1-ideal-estimated-old-european-cut

Most Beautiful Cushion Cut Diamond (1 carat)

Cushion cut diamonds are the diamond of choice for many savvy diamond buyers.

English: Nearly octahedral diamond crystal in ...

Due to the form of a diamond, cutting the diamond into a round shape results in some loss of mass. There are plenty of advantages to buying a round diamond, such as being able to buy a diamond that is of a lower color grade without noticing the difference. However not everyone wants to go for a lower color grade.

If you want a higher color grade then princess (which is essentially the square cut), asscher (also called emerald cut), or cushion cut would present a very attractive option. Less diamond has to be chipped away to make these shapes as they are much closer to the original shape of the diamond when it is initially mined. The image seen here is what a natural diamond looks like when unearthed. The most frequent process applied is to cut this rough diamond into two. Any final shape that is somewhat square will save more of the diamond from getting cut away. ‘This can often result in a lower cost per carat. The round brilliant shape has the best light performance, but there are a few diamond cutters who manage to make the other shapes also perform extremely well.

Cushion cut diamonds may be sought by people who think that the corners of the princess diamond may be vulnerable to chipping. It is only a very small risk, but some people want to play it safe and therefore choose a cushion cut diamond, or an emerald cut diamond. If you want an emerald/asscher diamond I wrote an article on what to look for in those types of cuts here.

Click image to be taken directly to this diamond at Brian Gavin Diamonds website
Click image to be taken directly to this cushion cut diamond at Brian Gavin Diamonds website

The Catch of The day is this very fine Cushion cut diamond which you can see performs beautifully.

This cushion cut diamond has been cut by Brian Gavin, one of the world’s finest diamond cutters, and one that never ceases to impress me due to his attention to detail.

The listing includes an ASET image which is even better than a mere photograph as it shows you not only the diamond’s symmetry, but its light performance.


Type Brian Gavin Select
Product ID: 104061059003
Shape: Cushion
Report: AGS
Carat: 1.041
Color: G
Clarity: VS1
Measurements: 6.06 x 0.00 x 4.07
Lab Cut Grade:
Light Performance:
Polish: Excellent
Symmetry: Excellent


Table %: 58.6
Depth %: 67.4
Crown %: 15.7
Crown Angle: 36.9
Star %:
Pav Angle: 42.1
Pavillion %: 47.9
Lower Girdle %:
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Negligible
Girdle Min-Max %:
Girdle: Thin To Slightly Thick Faceted



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Round Hearts and Arrows Diamond: 0.820 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity

Heart and arrows diamond at BrianGavindiamonds.com

Type Brian Gavin Signature
Product ID: AGS-104057253028
Shape: Round
Report: AGS
Carat: 0.820
Color: G
Clarity: VS2
Measurements: 5.99 x 6.04 x 3.71
Lab Cut Grade: Ideal
Light Performance: Ideal
Polish: Ideal
Symmetry: Ideal
Table %: 56.4
Depth %: 61.8
Crown %: 15.4
Crown Angle: 35.2
Star %: 53.0
Pav Angle: 40.9
Pavillion %: 43.4
Lower Girdle %: 75.0
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Negligible
Girdle Min-Max %: 1.0 – 3.6
Girdle: Thin To Medium Faceted

Can’t go past this diamond at BrianGavinDiamonds. It is truly a superior cut as not only has its cut been executed perfectly, it comes with an AGS certificate which confirms that its light performance/brilliance is rated right at the top.


It definitely gets my No Regrets stamp of approval.

See it here

No Regrets stamp of approval for this round diamond

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Round Brilliant Hearts and Arrows Diamond: Best Buy Under $3000


Catch of The Day: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1500338.asp

0.73 Carat I Color-SI1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Diamond
0.73 Carat I Color-SI1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Diamond
Shape: Round
Carat Weight: 0.73
Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal
Color: I
Clarity: SI1
Certificate: AGS
Depth: 61.8%
Table: 57.6%
Polish: Ideal
Symmetry: Ideal
Culet: None
Fluorescence: Negligible
Measurements: 5.75*5.78*3.56
Crown Angle: 35.5
Crown %:
Pavilion Angle: 40.8
Pavilion %:

This diamond is one that I deem to be the best buy under $3,000 and still have an incredibly beautiful diamond. There is a little trick I used to locate this diamond and this trick is only possible if you can view an actual photo of the diamond and not a stock photo. The trick is to compromise in one selected area which doesn’t detract too much from the beauty of the diamond. James Allen is very handy for this as this is really the only place that strives to put up photos of every single diamond in their inventory. I think they are up to 25,000 diamonds currently.

If you start looking at diamonds within the $2,000 to $3,500 range you’ll find that either they are very small or have an inferior cut grade, a lower color grade, or lower clarity grade. It’s up to you to choose which area a compromise is acceptable. You will find that jewelers and diamond experts agree that the greatest disappointments occur when a compromise is allowed in regards to the cut grade. Ideal or Excellent cut diamonds are the most likely to please you. James Allen’s TrueHearts TM are their signature Hearts and Arrows design and are all meant to be Ideal/Excellent cut. I hate to say this, because I am a huge fan of almost everything James Allen does, but I have noticed that there are some TrueHearts that look a little less than perfect. I am glad that it is possible to examine both the image of the diamond as well as the diamond’s grading report and this prevents disappointment. The diamond I selected to highlight today is a TrueHearts TM diamond. And it has perfect symmetry and shows superior light performance on its grading report, thanks to the AGS labs Platinum Light Performance Quality Document, which you can see below.

To locate a diamond which would at least be of average size for an engagement ring  (between 0.5 carat and 1 carat) I decided to make the compromise in the clarity grade. This means that I allowed SI1 diamonds to show in the search results. I had a closer look at any diamond that stood out to me from the thumbnail images that showed up. Examining the diamond using James Allen’s Virtual Loupe TM helped me decide whether there were any inclusions which would be visible without magnification. The term is “eye-clean”, and that’s often the aim when looking for a diamond that is going to be pleasing to the eye. The AGS lab document confirmed that the light shines through the diamond without obstructions and this is why I can recommend this diamond as extremely good value, with hardly any compromise, and certainly no compromise that hampers the stone’s beauty.

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Most incredible F VS1 1.01 ct round diamond GIA Certified

I have been looking at diamonds all day, and here is a real stunner.

F VS1 1.01 ct GIA Certified round diamond
price: $11,848

This diamond’s proportions are so exact that it is absolutely, definitely, unequivocally, going to qualify as the

Catch Of The Day


Loose Diamond Round F VS1 1.01 GIA Certified


First of all it is just really beautifully and skillfully cut, and it is a very highly rated stone according to its GIA report.

Stones which are 1 carat or more get a more detailed report. The GIA grading report for this stone can be seen here.

But let me point out a few remarkable characteristics.

It is an F color. This means it is so close to completely clear that it can’t help but sparkle beautifully when combined with its Select Ideal™ Cut, which is Union Diamond’s Signature cut. Nearly all light that enters Union Diamond’s Select Ideal™ Cut diamonds. This light is then reflected from facet to facet; and then back to the top of the diamond which produces maximum brilliance, fire and beauty. What certainly adds to the winning combination is its VS1 rating on the clarity scale. The GIA report shows the inclusions the stone contains and they are so microscopic that they simply don’t detract from the stone’s beauty.

The stone has been cut so well that it gets an “Excellent” grading in regards to its cut. And its polish is also graded Excellent.

Plus, it has no fluorescence. This is usually the last consideration when looking for a beautiful stone, but this stone gives us nothing to worry about in this department.



Loose Diamond Round F VS1 1.01 GIA Certified