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8 Hearts & 8 Arrows

8 Hearts & 8 Arrows

Hearts and Arrows diamond is a masterpiece precision cut variation of the traditional 57/58 faceted round brilliant cut. It is characterized by an extreme level of cutting precision for the ideal symmetry to produce an optimum display of fire, brilliance and scintillation. Hearts an Arrow diamonds are also sometimes referred to as “super ideals” due to its superior light performance, material quality and precise optical symmetry. The Hearts and Arrows cut was originated from Japan in 1984, it is characterized by perfect symmetry and exact proportions. The 8 Hearts and 8 Arrows got its name from the near perfect pattern of eight symmetrical arrows in its crown and eight symmetrical hearts in its pavilion. All facets of the diamond must be perfectly aligned at 180 degrees for the 8 Hearts and 8 Arrows pattern to appear properly. There are less than 1% of the world’s diamonds are cut into hearts and arrows optical symmetry precision making them well valued and desired by many.

What to look for in viewing Hearts and Arrows

  • A diamond should have 8 arrows and 8 hearts – If there aren’t 8 of each, it is not a Hearts and Arrows diamond.
  • Symmetry – Each shape should be symmetrical and in turn the symmetry should reflect like a mirror to those opposite it. It is important to not mix Optical symmetry up with symmetry in a GIA certificate – although running on the same concept, they are 2 different entities.
  • Size – Each Heart and Arrow should be the same size across the whole diamond.
  • Uniform shape – Hearts should look like hearts and arrows should look like arrows with a uniformed shape across every aspect.
  • Equal spacing – Each shape should be equally spaced from its neighbor and in turn equally spaced from the shapes opposite to it.
  • Fitting – Arrows must fit into the gap between hearts with the base of the heart fitting into the V of the arrow.
  • Coloration – Hearts should be one color and not of a two-tone effect, however, this is a minor influential feature.