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Recutting Diamonds to Increase Value

Nov 5, 2020

Let’s talk about diamonds. Specifically, old diamonds. As a buyer and a seller, Samuelson’s has seen a lot of beautiful stones in our time. When people bring in their jewels, oftentimes a diamond has lost its luster. By that, we don’t mean that it has lost its shine. We mean that it might not have been cut properly in the first place to really show off its assets. We count these scenarios a win on two parts: the first being that we can truly showcase the diamond’s brilliance by recutting the stone. The second being that we can further support the sustainability movement by repurposing the diamond.

When we talk about repurposing a diamond, that means sometimes a pear shape becomes an oval. A diamond with a poor cut grade is transformed into an excellent cut. Or a light yellow diamond is cut into a fancy intense yellow colored diamond. Here are the key factors we use to determine whether a diamond needs to be recut:

Chips

Yes, while diamonds are one of the hardest materials found on our planet, they are still subject to wear and tear. The most common of these is to see chipping. A chip is considered a visual flaw and can also compromise the diamond’s structural integrity. A small chip can lead to a crack or even cause the diamond to shatter depending on where the chip falls on the diamond’s surface. Recutting the stone is often the best choice for a diamond with a chip, because we can retain the structural integrity while removing the flaw. The cut may mean the stone loses some weight, but it may increase the clarity grade, making for a more dazzling diamond.

Proportions

If the diamond is of a smaller carat weight, it may not be prudent to cut the stone unless there’s a sentimental value. The reason being is that the weight of the diamond is what leads to the monetary value of the diamond. Additionally, if the diamond is too small, it may be difficult to maintain its proportions in a significant way. 

Symmetry

When talking about estate jewelry, it’s important to not overlook the changes in jewelry trends over time. It is common to see overly deep or shallow cuts in estate jewelry, because the priority was on retaining as much carat weight as possible. However, the brilliance of the diamond is still hidden within the stone. By recutting the diamond to increase its symmetry, we can deliver a more aesthetically pleasing presentation, which can often increase clarity and value as well.

Shape

Another key consideration is knowing what shapes are best for which cuts. If the stone was originally a pear or marquise cut but has visible chips or inclusions, we can easily refine it into an oval shape. That way, we can preserve as much of the stone’s original weight while increasing its clarity and brilliance.

We know diamonds may carry sentimental value as much as it does monetary. We’d love to help bring new life back into an old stone by helping you find the right way to preserve it. If you’re looking for solutions with a stone you already have or want to find a stone to use sustainably, we’d be delighted to help. To get started, visit our website to make an appointment or call one of our three locations. Ask as many questions as you want and we will answer them all – after all, diamonds are for ever!

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