Are you trying to understand your diamonds better? Well, there’s more than meets the eye, if you want to really know your diamonds.
Diamond color, clarity, carat, cut, and brilliance are just a few of the common factors that you might already know about. There are other factors that impact diamond appearance as well as diamond quality. Ever heard of the term diamond culet? That’s what we tell you about, in this blog.
The culet in a diamond is the bottom tip where the pavilion facets taper into a sharp point. The culet can either be pointed, which is referred to as no culet or a flat surface that is an additional facet to the diamond.
Just as other aspects of diamonds, the culet is also rated to assess the diamond quality. Let’s understand how the culet is graded.
Just as different aspects of diamonds have a different grading scale, for example, diamond color grading, there’s a grading scale for the culet, too. The culet is graded according to its size. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) uses eight grades to rate culet. The face-top view of the diamond shows the culet size.
Look at this image to see the diamond culet grading scale.
The diamond culet range is as follows:
The diamond culet is measured by a non-contact optical measuring device or a gemological microscope. The culet size can also be written as a percentage. It can be measured by this formula:
Culet size % = culet size (mm) / Average girdle diameter x 100
Gem experts have debated whether or not diamonds require the culet. So let’s understand the functions of the diamond culet and how it impacts the diamond.
The diamond culet affects the diamond quality. For example, it can impact the way the diamond appears or its durability. Let’s understand if you should buy diamonds without the culets or with, and why.
The next time you shop for gemstones—whether lab grown diamonds or natural ones, you’ll know of one more important factor to consider when buying diamonds—the diamond culet.
The most important benefit of the culet is that it protects the diamond. However, a large culet can have a negative impact on the appearance and performance of the diamond. Hence, you must pick a diamond with the perfect size culet.
Seek help from diamond experts to understand more about diamond culet before you make a purchase.
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