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  • Painting & Digging – a polishing technique to change the angles of the upper & lower girdle facets. 

This technique maximizes the weight yield from the diamond rough. Significant painting can retain 3% of the diamond’s weight, which might be important if you are close to the 1 ct mark. In addition, digging out can remove clarity characteristics (inclusions).

  • Pattern – arrangement and contrast of the bright and dark areas of the diamond 

This results from light reflections.

  • Pavilion – The underside of the diamond between the girdle and the culet.
  • Pavilion Angle – the angle formed by the plane of the pavilion facets and the girdle.
  • Pear Cut See Shape.
  • Pinpoints – very small crystals that look like dots under 10x magnification.

They are certainly not eye visible.

  • Pit – a small opening that looks like a tiny white dot.
  • Point – one one-hundredth of a carat (1/100th).
  • Polish – The overall condition of the diamond’s surface. 

Diamond can take a better polish than any other gemstone, due to its hardness. However, as result of this hardness, diamond has to be polished with another diamond. Polish is graded on a scale of Excellent to Poor and each tick down in grade (caused by abrasions, nicks, scratches, etc.) reduces the value of the diamond.

  • Polish Lines – Fine, parallel grooves and ridges remaining after the polishing process. 

Heavy polish lines emanating from a cavity or other surface inclusion are known as drag lines.

  • Princess Cut – The second must popular diamond cut, this square shaped stone was only created in the 1980’s. With high brilliance and an elegant, modern look, the princess cut is a classic yet geometric shape.