WHAT IS TABLE AND DEPTH ON A DIAMOND?
Table and depth are two of the most important aspects you need to consider when buying a diamond. But what exactly do they mean? Don't worry; we've got your back! Read on to learn all about table and depth of a diamond.
WHAT IS DEPTH IN A DIAMOND?
The most important factor in producing a brilliant diamond is the diamond cut. Contrary to common opinion, a diamond's cut relates to its proportions, symmetry, and polish rather than its shape (such as round, oval, or pear). The three major characteristics of a diamond that determine its appearance are brilliance (the intensity of light reflected and refracted), fire (the distribution of light into flashes of visible color), and scintillation (flashes of light and dark, or sparkle, when you move a diamond).
CUTTING A DIAMOND
When polishing a rough diamond, cutters must strike a balance between the best possible cut (i.e., appearance) and the highest possible yield (i.e., retaining maximum carat weight). The cutter is frequently compelled to compromise appearance for weight since many consumers prefer a larger, fair-cut cut diamond over a slightly smaller, well-cut diamond.