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What is the Clear Light Cut ® by Golkonda New York ?

The history of diamond cuts can be traced back for centuries. A major advancement involved polishing of the natural octahedral crystal faces to acheive even and unblemished facets. The first brilliant cut with 17 facets dates back to the 17th century, evolving to the modern 58 facets. More than 500 years of experimentation led to the introduction of the modern brilliant cut in the early 1900's.

The way a diamond is cut has the biggest effect on its appearance. The cut is therefore considered to be one of the most important characteristic of a diamond. Optimizing the number of facets is critical when calculating the light paths in a gem. The Clear Light Cut ® by Golkonda is the ultimate expression and was created for those who desire a diamond with superior light optical performance.

This cut achieves maximum brilliance, dispersion and scintillation. Light that is reflected off the surface of a diamond is known as brilliance. Light that enters a diamond and is refracted to create the spectral flashes of color is referred to as as dispersion or fire. Scintillation refers to the dance of of light in a diamond.

The finest uncut diamond rough found in nature is used to create this exceptional cut, with its exact measurements. Over 75 percent of the rough diamond is polished away in order to achieve the ideal proportions and angles for unparalleled brilliance. The Clear Light Cut ® is accompanied by dual certification from the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and GCAL (Gem Certification & Assurance Lab)

Diamond Certification

A Diamond Grading Report documents the specific characteristics of a diamond. These reports are issued by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), which is among the most respected organizations in the diamond industry, and is known for its consistency and unbiased diamond grading systems. Diamonds accompanied by these grading reports are the most highly valued in the industry and globally accepted. The GIA sets the standard for diamond grading and gemological identification, and its grading system serves as the international gem and jewelry industry's benchmark credentials.

Cut

The cut is what determines a diamond's brilliance. All our diamonds are always cut to perfect proportions and graded "excellent," meaning they emit a high level of scintillation. GIA bases its new cut grade on a combination of face-up appearance, design and craftsmanship elements that all contribute to the diamond's fire and brilliance. They employ a predictive computer model, based on over 70,000 individual diamond observations and 38.5 million proportion sets, to determine a diamond's brilliance based on its interrelated measurements.

Clarity

Natural diamonds are the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth. This creation process can result in a variety of internal and external characteristics. Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature and position of these two characteristics, as well as how these affect the overall appearance of the stone. Grades range from "Flawless", with virtually no imperfections, to included, which contain a significant number of imperfections.

Color

Diamonds come in all colors of the spectrum and diamond color evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. The less color in the stone, the more desirable and valuable it is. The color scale begins with the letter D, representing colorless, and continues, with increasing presence of color, to the letter Z. Trace elements like nitrogen, boron and others are the source of color in a diamond. Many of these color distinctions are so subtle that they are invisible to the untrained eye of these differences are not noticeable to the naked eye, yet they do impact the overall quality and price of the stone. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value. The color-grading system measures the degree of colorlessness by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions to a set of master stones of established color value.

Carat

Diamond carat weight is the measurement of how much a diamond weights. A metric "carat" is defined as 200 milligrams. Each carat can be subdivided into 100 "points," which allows very precise measurements to the hundredth decimal place. All else being equal, diamond price increases with the diamond carat weight, as larger diamonds are rarer and more desirable. Nevertheless two diamonds of equal carat weight may have very different values depending on the other three factors of the diamond 4C's: Clarity, Color and Cut.

The modern carat system started with the carob seed. Early gem traders used the small, uniform seeds as counterweights in their balance scales. The carat is the same gram weight in every corner of the world.