Some Frequently Asked Question about Star 129:
How is a Star 129 cut?
Each diamond is hand picked to assure proper proportions for cutting into a Star 129. Every Star 129 diamond is hand cut by a master cutter. Our master cutters have informed us that the Star 129 is the most challenging diamond that they have had to cut in their careers. They estimate that it takes almost 3 times as long to cut a Star 129 diamond as it does an ideal diamond. In addition the master cutters told us the Star 129 diamond wears out their cutting equipment known as dopps and polishing wheels 2-1/2-3 times faster than cutting an ideal diamond because of all the adjusting for the additional facets and angles. Watch Video #1
Is the Star 129 an Ideal Cut?
Every Star 129 is ideally cut. Tolkowsky standards deal with angles and proportions, not the number of a facets a diamond has. We have increased the number of facets to maximize the beauty of the diamond without compromising the refractive properties. Consistent with research by GIA, there are multiple cut grades that can create an optimal performing diamond. Each Star 129 has it’s own balance of angles and proportions and it’s these properties working together with the additional facets that creates the tremendous light performance and beauty of every diamond. This is validated by the Gemex cert that accompanies each Star 129. Watch Video #1 Watch Video #2 Watch Video #3
Which is more important in selecting a diamond; Color, Clarity or Cut?
Only recently have technological advancements in the diamond industry enabled us to establish a diamonds true beauty by measuring the light performance it achieves. Color, clarity, cut and carat weight (know as the 4C’s of a diamond) all influence the price of a diamond. The color, clarity and carat weight do not allow the consumer to distinguish between a fine diamond and an inferior one. The color, clarity and carat weight do not determine the beauty of a diamond. The cost of the diamond does not determine the beauty of the diamond. What makes one diamond beautiful and another one dull is the way a diamond is cut which determines how it reflects and refracts light. Cut is the most important factor in determining the beauty of a diamond. Watch Video #1 Watch Video #2 Watch Video #3
How does the Star 129 compare to a traditional 58 facet diamond?
The Star 129 has proven to have several added benefits from the extra 71 pavilion facets. A 58 facet diamond has sparkle but the greatest majority of the sparkle is on the outer edge of the diamond and not as much in the center of the diamond. A Star 129 has tremendous sparkle across the entire diamond. Watch Video #4 With its spectacular sparkle a Star 129 will not only appear cleaner Watch Video #5 but will also appear a least 1-2 color grades whiter Watch Video #6 when compared to a traditional 58 facet diamond of the same color and clarity. This additional sparkle also makes the Star 129 look larger than a traditional 58 facet diamond of the same size.
Is the Star 129 a Gimmick?
The evolution of diamond cutting has never stopped evolving and that continues to be the case today. Diamonds were initially cut to maximize the weight retention with little or no regard for brilliance. Over time cutters came to realize that cutting for maximum weight compromised the ability of a diamond to refract light and eventually the old mine cut became the standard. As technology continued to improve the old mine cut gave way to the 58 facet diamond that has been the industry standard for many years. Continued advancements in technology have enabled us to understand that combining the ideal proportions of a traditional cut diamond and adding strategically placed facets on the pavilion can create a brighter more dynamic diamond such as the Star 129. Like advancements in computers and cell phones, the Star 129 is not a gimmick but a product that utilized new technology and allows it to perform better than its predecessors. Watch Video #1 Watch Video #2 Watch Video #3