An Expert Guide To Understanding What Hearts And Diamonds Mean

Gemstone DiamondWhile a diamond may seem like a simple gemstone, there are much more to these stones that meet the eye. The price of a diamond is solid proof of the complexity that goes on within the diamond – and the certificate that is provided to the consumer with the diamond provides proof of what’s going on inside the diamond. All of these complex terms that can be seen on a certificate or grading report represent numerous aspects of the diamond – and each of these terms has some impact on the cost of the diamond. When it comes to the grading process, numerous aspects are looked at. Some consumers prefer to educate themselves on the four most important parts of the diamond grading process, but others like to take things a step further and focus on the more complex facts that are considered when a diamond is graded.

Today, we want to focus on one of the more complex parts of the Gia diamond grading process that not every person is aware of when they decide to purchase a diamond. In fact, most people overlook these facts when they buy a diamond as they only focus on the four major aspects that are usually referenced on the certificate that accompanies a diamond being purchased. The part we would like to focus on today is often called “hearts & arrows”. This represents a more complex grading process of the diamond’s cut quality. We are going to explore this term, tell you what it means and, of course, how it affects the physical appearance of a particular diamond.

Hearts & Arrows – What You Need To Know

heart and arrowHearts and arrows is a term that you will often see mentioned when the cut quality of a diamond is analyzed. This is because this term directly relates to how well the diamond has been cut. Now, what you should know is that the term hearts and arrows do not relate to the actual shape of the diamond, but rather to the reflections that can be observed when you look directly into the diamond. These shapes can be seen inside the diamond as it reflects light that is shone upon in. It is, however, important to note that the hearts and arrows that are often referred to in terms of a diamond’s cut quality often only related to a round cut diamond due to its particular shape. When you look at the loose diamond stone from the table, a series of arrows can often be observed. The better the arrows appear – in terms of symmetry and proportions – the better the cut quality. When you observe the diamond in an inverted view, then a heart shape should appear at the center of the diamond. The better shape the heart has, the better quality the cut. Since the cut quality of a diamond directly affects the diamond’s fire and brilliance, it is important to try and opt for a diamond that has a perfect display of a heart and, of course, symmetrical arrows. This means the diamond will have a perfect level of sparkle when exposed to light.


Some people only focus on the aspects of diamond quality that are most often referenced in guides that explain how the grading process of a diamond works and how a diamond report work. Others, however, focuses on the more complex aspects of a diamond. In this guide, we offered you vital details about how hearts and arrows affect a diamond – not only in price but also in physical appearance. This will help you choose a diamond shape that ultimately gives off a better sparkle and has an improved brilliance over others.



Mary Turner


With experience dating back to when brick and mortar was the ONLY source for shopping for diamonds, I have countless men find the perfect diamond for that special occasion. As your Personal Diamond Consultant, I'm here to make sure you end up with the perfect stone.

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