However, if this is not enough, you can go beyond the highest level of quality and purchase a ‘hearts and arrows’ diamond. This is the perfect diamond. It is the perfect cut which enhances the way the light bounces in and out of the top of the diamond. When looking through the telescope from the top you will see arrowheads lining up with the shaft and when looking down on the bottom you will find perfectly shaped hearts. There are many who boast of having the perfectly cut diamond, however though there may be the appearance of hearts and arrows, they can be misleading.
Tips to identify the perfect hearts and arrows:
- There must be 8 hearts and 8 arrows.
- All hearts and arrows must be the same in intensity. Meaning one cannot be brighter than the other.
- All hearts and arrows must be of the same colour.
- There should be a gap between the heart and V shape under it.
- The V shape under the heart's must all look exactly the same.
- Arrow heads and hearts should be the same shape as each other.
- The arrow heads should line up to the shafts.
- The hearts should not be pointed.
Be aware that GIA’s highest standard of diamond does not automatically constitute your stone being hearts and arrows. It may state on the card that it is hearts and arrows, however only certificates from HRD Antwerp Labs will provide the guarantee that your diamond is in fact true hearts and arrows.
At minimum it is suggested that you adhere to the 4 C’s and modify your standards according to your budget. Always ask questions to your jeweller, in order to ensure that you are getting what you pay for.