Cut Grade Standards
    Length-to-Width Ratio "Bow-Tie"    
  1A - 1.50 to 1.0 None   "Ideal Cut"
1B - 1.45 to 1.0 None
    "Premium Cut"

2A -
1.40 to 1.0 Hardly Noticeable
2B - 1.35 to 1.0 Hardly Noticeable
    "Choice Cut"

3A -
1.30 to 1.0 Slightly Noticeable
3B - 1.25 to 1.0 Slightly Noticeable
    "Value Cut"

4A -
1.20 to 1.0 Noticeable
4B - 1.15 to 1.0 Noticeable
Since a Round Diamond is completely symmetrical and capable of reflecting nearly all the light that enters, it is the most brilliant of all diamond shapes. Fancy Shape Diamonds - or any diamond shape that is not round - follow different proportion guidelines.
Without the benefit of a round refractive pavilion, light can filter directly through an area in a Fancy Shape Diamond, creating a window that you can see right through. In some diamond shapes, this area takes on the shape of two offset triangles, creating an effect called a "Bow-Tie". The more prominent the "Bow-Tie", the less brilliant the diamond. An "Ideal-Cut" Fancy Shape Diamond has no noticeable "Bow-Tie".

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