8 Hearts & 8 Arrows Diamonds
The term Hearts and Arrows is often used to refer to diamonds that have the most superb optical symmetry; in which only 1% of the world’s diamonds that have been produced can be considered true hearts and arrows diamonds; thus making them highly sought after and precious.
The 8 hearts and 8 arrows pattern in a diamond is the symmetrical pattern that is only visible through a specialised viewer under narrow specifications. This viewer is called a Hearts & Arrows Scope that should not be confused with other light performance evaluation tools such as an Ideal Scope or an Angular Spectrum Evaluation Tool. Only the Hearts & Arrows viewer allows the conditions of projecting the hearts and arrows pattern of a diamond by providing a colour contrast that allows for a crisp and clear image, usually in red, blue or purple.
The determining factor on whether the diamond will produce either the hearts or arrows pattern is the result of which way the diamond is facing when being examined. By examining the diamond face up, you will be able to see 8 symmetrical arrows, and alternatively, the diamond will produce 8 symmetrical hearts when inspected with the table face down.
It is important to note that if a diamond possesses perfect hearts then it will also naturally feature perfect arrows. Many experts only tend to examine and look at the heart patterns when they are inspecting the quality of a diamond.
History of Hearts & Arrows:
The pattern of Hearts & Arrows was first recognised in diamonds in the 1970’s in Japan by Kazumi Okuda. The 8 earts and 8 arrows diamond status quickly grew in Japan as the new standard and status symbol as it represented the symmetry of the light that emitted from the diamond.
As these types of diamonds began to gain popularity and traction to the consumer market, they gradually made their way over the the US in the 90’s.
The effect of Hearts & Arrows:
Through the popularity that this pattern in a diamond has gained, many diamond manufacturers today will often choose to yield this particular pattern in the diamond, even if it compromises the overall cut and quality of the stone. When a round diamond has a clearly defined set of the 8 Hearts and 8 Arrows, it is often a sign that it possesses excellent cut grades and light performance. There is often the misconception that simply because a diamond represents this specific pattern that it means that it has been cut to superior quality, however, this is not always the case. Not all diamonds with true Hearts & Arrows will be ‘well-cut’; and not all ‘well-cut’ diamonds will have true Hearts & Arrows.
Even though a diamond may display the desired Hearts & Arrows pattern, extremely subtle and small differences in the details such as the spacing, shape and position of the pattern can significantly change the value of the diamond and often these faint differences can only be detected by experienced diamond graders and jewellers.
Are all Hearts and Arrows diamonds the same
Not all hearts and arrows diamonds are made the same. There are very subtle differences between a true hearts and diamonds and a near H&A diamond.
A clear indication of the difference between the two types of light patterns that these diamonds produce can be seen through the gaps that are represented between the arrowhead and whether it is clear and distinct, or narrow and marginal. The more narrow the gap between the heart and arrowhead, the more authentic and precise the diamond is to a true heart and arrow diamond.
Although these are some subtle differences between the two types of heart and arrow diamonds, it is almost impossible to make out the difference between the two with your own eyes, however, the it does not affect the price of the diamond based on the clarity grade. It takes a master diamond cutter and many year’s of experience to be able to tell the difference in the true proportions of hearts and arrows diamond properties.
Are hearts and arrows diamonds better than that standard diamond?
Although a true hearts and arrows diamond has perfect symmetry, the light performance of a diamond is only partially reliant on this symmetry; the most important factor of a diamond still remains to be the cut. This symmetry that is found is heart and arrow diamonds is only useful when they diamond has been cut to the perfect proportions.
The genuine value of your hearts and arrows diamond does not become obvious in great lighting situations in terms of the light performance. Without much light entering the diamond, a H&A diamond will maximize the light return and offer a lot of brilliance and fire. H&A diamonds are known for sparkling in white and rainbow colors even in rather dark environments.
There is a diamond however, that offers the highest degree of optical symmetry, and that is one of the most distinctive diamond designs in the world: the cushion brilliance hearts and arrows diamond. This diamond is the rarest of the rare. There are only very few diamond cutters in the world that can execute and cut a cushion brilliant with hearts and arrows, one that features the exact balance required to execute this perfectly, which is why Janai Jewellery is proud to present this diamond to our clients.
This masterpiece requires artisanship and skill revealing its creators practised hand and knowing eye. This diamond with its round brilliant facets provides the highest possible levels or brilliance.light dispersion fire assuring the maximum sparkle factor within the diamond.