The Anatomy of a Diamond

Welcome to The Clear Cut Classroom where we take deep dives into all things diamonds (and jewelry)! In this episode, we’re breaking down the anatomy of a diamond. The basic structure of a diamond is important in describing and determining its proportions, brilliance, and more. Watch to learn more!


There are five main components to a diamond… let’s break it down!! 

From top to bottom, there's the table, the crown angle, the girdle, the pavilion angle and the culet. 

First, there’s the table! That is the big flat part at the very top. You want it to be just right -- not too big or too small so you get the perfect sparkle and shape! Keep in mind that old euros tend to have a smaller one and that is totally normal. 

Next, there’s the crown angle -- that’s the part between the table and the midline of the diamond. You don't want it too steep or too shallow for the best possible cut!

Next is the girdle which is the area that goes all around the diamond. You don't want it too thick because then it can make your diamond look too small, but you also don’t want it too thin in order to make sure the diamond is sturdy! 

The fourth part is the pavilion, AKA the pavilion angle. This is the bottom faceting. This angle should be well proportioned: not too steep or shallow. All in all… balance is key!

Finally, there’s the culet which is at the very bottom. In antique diamonds there can be different sizes, but modern stones don't really have one. 

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