Many of us want to go big for a diamond on an engagement or wedding ring, but it’s important to realize that the actual size of the diamond isn’t the only relevant factor here. When it comes to how big the diamond looks, cut is the primary variable to keep an eye on – and one cut type that’s often utilized for the way it appears much larger than reality is known as the spread (or spready) diamond.
At AAA Jewelers, we’re proud to offer a huge selection of stunning GIA diamonds for any purpose, from engagement rings to wedding bands, fashion jewelry and more. What exactly is the spread diamond, how does it compare to other cuts and what are some of the pros and cons of this style for any diamond stone? This two-part blog will dig into everything you need to know.
The spread diamond is another way of describing what’s known as a shallow cut diamond. As we noted above, these are known for looking larger than other diamonds despite having the same carat weight.
Why is this? Well, largely because of a wider diamond table that’s available in these stones. Simultaneously, the depth of the stone is shallower than you’d usually see. On the flip side, as we’ll get into more below, spread cut diamonds may sacrifice sparkle and value qualities to bring you that larger size.
Why is there a risk of diminishing sparkle and shine on a spread diamond? Largely due to the way light contacts the stone at its normal sitting angles.
Specifically, light will hit the pavilion of this stone at a very low angle. When this happens, light travels through the diamond and actually escapes out the sides of the piece rather than reflecting back upward, toward where people’s eyes tend to be. This can reduce the brilliance of the stone due to the facets not being angled to shoot light upwards – this isn’t as big a deal to some, who prefer size over sparkle, but it may be a dealbreaker to others.
When we talk about diamond cut, we’re really talking about whether it’s well-proportioned. Cut actually speaks to several factors: Table size, width and depth, plus facet angling, scintillation and other variables. The highest grades have an ideal cut.
Grades are just one important factor in selection, however. For many, trading off little bits of shine in exchange for a stone that’s still mostly brilliant, but also appears much larger than its actual cost, is a great swap.
For more on the spread cut diamond, or to learn about any of our engagement rings, jewelry appraisals or other services, speak to the staff at AAA Jewelers today.