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Of all diamond cuts and shapes the heart shape cut is the most symbolic. Though often associated with pendants and necklaces the heart shape cut is still rare in diamond design, making it all the more special for the recipient or wearer.
With an unknown history the heart shape cut came into fashion in the seventeenth century. A famous portrait of The Gonzaga Princess, by Frans Poubos in 1605 showed a prominent heart shape jewel at the centre of a cluster of precious stones. Later, in 1655, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a French author. documented seeing a 36 carat heart shape cut diamond in India.
In many cases the diamond was always seen as a heart shape, symbolising the romance of the object and gift.
Modern heart shape cuts are very fashionable and are seen in all forms of jewellery, including pendants, bracelets, necklaces and rings, especially engagement rings.
With a facet number of between 56 and 58 the sparkle of the diamond is directly linked to the quality of the curved cut and finish and designers have to be aware of the narrow “corners” of the cut, as well as the need to reduce the chance of the bow tie effect, or shadowing of the diamond.
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Online specialist ComparetheDiamond.com (formerly diamondgeezer.com) also offers a full range of items suitable for a heart shape diamond cut, including pendants. With a full range of styles, settings and metal options, including yellow, rose and white gold, palladium and platinum they offer a wide range of signature items to suit the most romantic occasion and event.