WHAT IS TABLE AND DEPTH ON A DIAMOND?
When purchasing a diamond, table and depth are two of the most crucial factors to consider. But what do they really mean? Don't worry; we've got your back! Continue reading to learn everything there is to know about a diamond's table and depth.
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
Cutters must achieve a balance between the best possible cut (i.e., appearance) and the biggest possible yield when polishing a rough diamond (i.e., retaining maximum carat weight). Because many clients prefer a larger, fair-cut cut diamond over a slightly smaller, well-cut diamond, the cutter is usually forced to sacrifice appearance for weight.