Understanding cut is complicated even more through the use of "branded" marketing terms. You may hear some of the following terms used when describing cut: Ideal Cut, Tolkowsky Cut, 60-60 Cut, Hearts & Arrows Cut, Premium Cut. Are we confused yet?
Presently, the reports provided by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will assess cut grade using one of the following terms: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. Most consumers have difficulty determining the differences between cut grades of Good and Very Good. That does not mean there is not a difference, it only means that the untrained eye has a difficult time determining the difference.
Our goal is to provide you with the basics concerning Cut, while encouraging you to remember:
"Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder"