What is a Heart Cut Diamond?


What could be more romantic than a dazzling heart cut diamond? What are the secrets of this beautiful stone? What is important to consider if you are thinking of this style of diamond?

The heart cut diamond is shaped like a Valentine’s Day heart. It is extremely popular for both engagement rings and solitaire settings. The romantic heart-shaped diamond has 56 to 58 sparkly facets and has several small facets at the tip of the diamond to add brilliance and shine which is called a “French tip.”

Keep reading to find out more about what makes the heart cut so special.

What makes the Heart Cut Diamond Exceptional?

The heart cut diamond is the only diamond that can truly represent unending love. It symbolizes such a classic token of love between two individuals and truly is something special to cherish forever.

It is interesting to note that the heart cut diamond actually starts out as a wide pear-shaped diamond which is then meticulously cut to the desired heart design. So much precision and effort and extra work goes into making these diamonds that it makes them truly special and something you can appreciate greatly.

The heart cut diamond has a romantic rich history and dates back many hundreds of years to the 1600’s. There are many legends that speak about a 26-carat heart-shaped diamond from India that was found and lost thousands of years ago. How fascinating!

Pros and Cons of the Heart Cut Diamond

The heart cut diamond is rarer than a brilliant round diamond. That makes it perfect for someone who wants to be a little different but still stay safe and go with something cute.

One negative factor about this style is that they need to be cut perfectly to the correct brilliance and shine. If they are not of the correct ratio then they won’t look proportionate. This specific heart shape can easily look too wide or too long.

The heart shape is the trendiest of all the diamond cuts and because of this, it may not be as timeless as the classic round diamond. The heart cut certainly isn’t for everyone because of its cut trendy appearance.


  • It’s a unique cut
  • Very trendy


  • They need to be cut perfectly.
  • They can be more expensive than Rounds
  • They don’t have a “Timeless” appeal.

Are Heart Cut Diamonds Expensive?

Heart cut diamonds can be expensive but if you go smaller the price greatly drops. You don’t want to go too petite though because if they are too tiny the diamond can’t display fire. You don’t want to go under 0.50 carats. Also, if the diamond is too small you can’t see or appreciate the unique heart shape as well.

Heart Cut Diamond Price

You can buy 1 carat for around $2000 to $10,000 depending on the clarity, color and cut of the diamond. A smaller 0.50 carat can be found for around $600. So there is much flexibility in cost with these diamonds and they have a price point that would work for anyone.

Diamond cutting has been so modernized now with the cool technology of the laser and special cutters that you can still get a gorgeous heart-shaped diamond but not have to give up on the shine or price.

What is the best Setting for a Heart Cut Diamond?

You may have to look at several different heart-shaped diamonds until you find the one that you like best. Some want the v heart shape to be sharp and others prefer a softer rounder appearance.

When selecting your adorable heart cut diamond two key factors need to be considered. One is that the top cleft or v-shape of the diamond has to be completely symmetrical to the bottom or tail of the heart. You want to imagine it folding into two and both sides being absolutely identical. Second, you want that very meticulous heart shape so the tops of the diamond have to be carved in very explicitly to reflect this.

Could there truly be a better way than to celebrate your one and only love with a timeless heart cut diamond? If you really want to bloom that romance and show that special someone how much you love them nothing says it more than a sentimental fantastic heart-shaped diamond.

Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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