The Brilliant Cut Diamond has awed, wooed, oohed and aahed countless men and women around the globe since it was first discovered. It’s dazzling sparkle has charmed dignitaries, A-list actresses, music moguls and even professional athletes. As quiet as it’s kept, the Brilliant Cut Diamond is probably the most preferred engagement ring for astute diamond buyers.
The one thing that has miffed many in the diamond trade and consumers alike, is the mysterious diamond cut. If you are familiar with the 4 C’s of Diamonds; and you should be if you are buying any type of diamond, then you know how inconsistent diamond cutting can be. Of the 4 C’s, the cut is without dispute the most challenging and the most complex to decipher.
Adding to the complexity of the cut is the fact that the Brilliant Cut Diamond was officially patented in 2004. Which means there is a great possibility that someone or some company may somehow seek to trademark the Brilliant Cut Diamond; with the emphasis on the actual cut itself. Don’t think that trademarking is out of the realm of possibilities; remember, in this business, and in the legal world and financial arena, anything can happen.
Having shared that, GIA, the Gemological Institute of America has made great strides in galvanizing the diamond trade and setting standards that are recognized worldwide. In terms of the Brilliant Cut Diamond GIA has done it again! GIA released a new Diamond Cut Grading System that is based on, according to them, “… advances in computer modeling.” GIA states and I quote, “…we have been able to unlock the mystery of the diamond cut – arguably the most complex and contested of the 4Cs.”
Per GIA, the new system they have developed boasts of a “… scientific way to assess and predict the cut quality in round brilliant cut diamonds.” This new software provides three major technological advances that essentially keeps the Gemological Institute of America at the forefront of research and discovery in the diamond trade. The first is an accurate method of estimating a cut grade. The second is a database that is programmed into some of the leading diamond measuring devices. The third as you may have already guessed – is the automation of this entire process.
That means jewelers that use the system can accurately predict cut grades. That benefit is crucial when a company is projecting the value of their inventory. There is a huge difference in pricing, value and demand when you are comparing a Brilliant Cut Diamond to other cuts such as: Cushion Cut Diamonds, Emerald Cut Diamonds and Princess Cut Diamonds. By using the GIA system jewelers can be rest assured of the make up of their inventory.
On the consumer side, buyers can analyze and compare cut qualities and make their decision based on accurate knowledge and not guesswork. It is a common occurrence when a person for whatever reason decides to sell a diamond; they find out the hard way – the diamond they thought they bought is not what the jeweler claimed that it was. Of course such hiccups could have easily been resolved with a diamond appraisal but what percentage of diamond buyers opt to get diamond certificates?
With these new technological and scientific advancements by GIA, you can expect the Brilliant Cut Diamond to stake its claim as one of the most popular gems for proposing marriage. Once consumers start performing side-by-side evaluations, the number will show that most gravitate towards the sparkling beauty of the Brilliant Cut Diamond.