THE IDEAL STORY
The ultimate expression of love is, of course, a beautiful diamond. But with myriad choices, where do you begin to find the ideal diamond? You’re already here.
Leo Schachters’ master diamantaires cut and polish each diamond to meet the most demanding parameters of IDEAL by Schachter Diamonds design. IDEAL by Schachter Diamonds is far and away the superior choice for your diamond.
The IDEAL by Schachter Diamonds round diamond is one of the most brilliant available today. With 58 facets, each facet is precisely cut to maximize the light return, resulting in a diamond that truly dazzles.
Defining the Value of an Ideal Diamond
Proportions are critical because that sets the relationship between table size, pavilion depth, and the crown angle, which is necessary to make sure as much light as possible returns through the top of the diamond.
The Perfect Cut
A “well cut” IDEAL diamond allows light to reflect from one facet to another and then to disperse through the top of the diamond. The precise angles of an IDEAL by Schachter diamond’s facets allow for a maximum diameter, resulting in the most efficient light return.
A cut which is “too shallow” causes light to pass through the pavilion before it can reflect from one facet to another.
A diamond with a cut which is “too deep” causes light to escape through the opposite side of the pavilion before it can reflect back through the table.
Symmetry represents how accurately facets have been placed and shaped. The lack of proper pointing or facet shape, along with off-center culets and tables, are common faults found when examining a diamond for symmetry.
A Hall of Mirrors
Ideal cut diamonds are like a hall of mirrors. The facets must be mirror images of each other to maximize the reflection of light from facet to facet, which creates the brilliance one sees from the top of the diamond.
Polish takes into account how smooth the surface of the diamond is and whether marks remain from the polishing process. In Ideal cut diamonds, polish is a key factor in the visual beauty. The highest level of diamond polishing is attributed to the experience, hand skills and craftsmanship of an expert polisher.
The 4Cs of Diamond Quality
Although many people think of gem quality diamonds as colorless, truly colorless diamonds are actually very rare. Most diamonds used in jewelry are nearly colorless with tints of yellow or brown.
Color grades are determined by comparing each diamond to a master set. Each letter grade represents a range of color and is a measure of how noticeable a color is. Some diamonds can emit a visible light when exposed to ultraviolet radiation, but fluorescence is not a factor in determining color or clarity grades. However, a description of its strength and color is provided on some diamond reports as an additional identifying characteristic.
Because diamonds form under tremendous heat and pressure, it is extremely rare to find a diamond that lacks any internal or external characteristics. These characteristics are a by-product of its formation and help gemologists separate natural diamonds from synthetics and simulants, and identify individual stones.
A polished diamond’s beauty lies in its complex relationship with light. The magnificent display you see is made up of three attributes: Brightness is the combination of all white light reflecting from the surface and interior of a diamond. Fire describes the “flares” of color emitted from a diamond. Scintillation describes the pattern of light and dark areas and the sparkle you see when the diamond, the light, or the observer moves. A diamond’s proportions affect its light performance, which in turn affects its beauty and overall appeal. Diamonds with fine proportions, symmetry, and polish optimize their interaction with light, and have increased brightness, fire, and scintillation. IGI assesses these factors for standard round brilliant diamonds in the D-to-Z color range.
One carat equals 200 milligrams in weight. For diamonds under one carat, each carat is divided into 100 points – similar to pennies in a dollar. For example, 0.75 ct. = 75 points, and 1/2 ct. = 50 points.