Diamond Symmetry

When a faceted diamond is observed under normal x10 magnification, one can easily study the symmetry of the cut. The symmetry of a faceted diamond plays a substantial role in the cut evaluation of diamonds.

The following are factors which must be examined for the perfect cut grade:

Symmetry of the sides of the table edges

Symmetry of the sides of the table edges

The table facet of the round brilliant cut should form a perfect octagonal shape, sometimes one or more blunt table edges are observed. There should be four sets of parallel sides of the octagonal shaped table. When the edges appear wavy, a good symmetrical cut is ruled out.

Centricity and parallelism of table

Centricity and parallelism of table

The table facet has to be parallel to the girdle plane so that the crown height is equal in all directions. Many a time, the table is tilted to remove some inclusion near the surface of the table. The octagonal shape of the table should have its centre exactly above the culet, otherwise it is called eccentric. An eccentric table creates different sizes of crown facets which affects the brilliance of the diamond.

Centricity of the culet

Centricity of the culet

The culet is the fine point or the smallest facet at the base a brilliant cut diamond. Sometimes the culet may be faceted. This culet should lie in the centre of the octagonal table. It is very easy to see whether the culet is eccentric from a side view of the stone as well as on looking through the table. If the culet is off-centre then it indicates that the pavilion facet angles are unequal. This gives a very adverse effect on the reflection of light symmetry.

Sharpness in the intersection of the facet edges

Sharpness in the intersection of the facet edges

In a perfect cut, the edges of individual facets must meet in a single intersection without any truncated ends. Truncated facets do not meet at a point and affect the uniformity of the cut. A truncated main facet when observed through the table interrupts the symmetrical effect of the adjoining facets.

Alignment of the crown and the pavilion facets

Alignment of the crown and the pavilion facets

The kite facets of the crown should intersect exactly with the pointed edge of the pavilion main facet and the upper girdle facet should synchronise with the girdle facets. There should be a perfect alignment and no sideways displacement with respect to each other. As this clearly affects the regularity of the cut and gives rise to uneven girdle as well as reduced brilliance.