Heart shape is one of the newer cuts for diamonds but it is incredibly popular nowadays, especially among young loving couples. No one can deny the romantic appeal of the shape which resembles a heart. Gifting this diamond to your special person often denotes giving him or her your heart.
When you are out to buy a heart shape loose diamond, there are some commonly known data to check, including cut, carat weight, color and clarity. Then there is the diamond certificate and above all, the appeal of the diamond to the naked eye which help to establish the price of a diamond. You can find the perfect heart shaped loose diamond well within your budget and in accordance with your taste. While purchasing the stone, be sure to check the following factors.
Shape: the shape of the diamond always plays a great role in determining the cost of a diamond. The popular round cuts cost lesser than the non-round fancy cuts. In fancy cuts, apart from heart, you can also find marquise or princess cut diamonds.
Certificate: GIA or the Gemological Institute of America is one of the most recognized authorities in the world who certify diamonds. AGSL is another American authority who provides a detailed certificate as well. Certificates from either of these organizations greatly help to establish the value of the diamond. These certificates also describe the carat weight, cut, symmetry and overall quality of the diamond.
Cut: The cut defines how brilliant a diamond is and they are categorized into shallow, deep and ideal. In shallow diamonds, the light exits via the bottom side and the overall brilliance reduces. A very deep diamond allows the light to pass via the side facets and look dull and dark. An ideal diamond, on the other hand, reflects almost all the light which falls on it, creating a beautiful glow. This is the rarest type of diamonds.
Clarity: Crystal clear loose diamonds are the most expensive while the other variations which have scratches or trace minerals are certainly less costly due the flaws. There is a system to assess and judge the flaws, often called inclusions, which is widely used. An FL or IF diamond is considered to be perfect, meaning it has no inclusions. These diamonds are extremely rare and are very expensive.
Keeping these things in mind help you make an informed choice. However, the appeal of the diamond to the naked eye is the most important of all factors.