Table Facet

This is the largest facet of a diamond. It is located on the top of the diamond. The table facet is sometimes referred to as the “face.”

Symmetry

Symmetry is the arrangement of the facets and finished angles created by the diamond cutter. Excellent symmetry of a well-cut and well-proportioned diamond can have a great effect on the diamond’s brilliance and fire. Grading reports will often state the...

Step Cut

With rows of facets that resemble the steps of a staircase. The emerald cut and the baguette are examples of the step cut.

Scintillation

1. Sparkle: The appearance, or extent, of spots of light seen in a polished diamond when it is viewed face-up that flash as the diamond, observer, or light source moves. 2. Pattern: The relative size, arrangement, and contrast of bright and dark areas that result from...