The name does sound like something that you would come across at a blackjack table that is surrounded by gowns and tuxedos; however, you are more likely to find these in the jeweler’s case. For those who know what diamond spread is, don’t confuse yourself with spread diamonds, as these are distinctively different things. Let us break it down for you.
What Is Diamond Spread?
It is simply the measure of the table size of the diamond when it is viewed from above. It is that flat facet of the diamond which you will notice when viewing it from above. Additionally, it reflects the size of the diamond given in its carat weight. Simply put, a 1 carat brilliant cut diamond ring with a larger spread will look bigger than a 1 carat diamond that has a smaller spread. Is there an ‘ideal’ diamond spread? It all comes down to preference. If you chose a diamond that has a good spread, then it will look bigger and will have the sparkle of brilliant diamonds.
What Are Spread Diamonds?
Think of it as ‘spreading thin’. Spread diamonds are shallower diamonds. The gem has spread but by sacrificing its depth. The stone does look bigger as a result, but the issue is that it can compromise the brilliance of the diamonds. Remember that the shine and shimmer of the diamond rely on the light that passes through it after several reflections and refractions, and finally reaches the user’s eyes. A shallower depth means that the facets are lower, and/or the facets are not angled in such a way so as to bounce the light around for optimum sparkle.
Should You Go For One?
Absolutely! If it is a stone that you like and one that you find yourself wearing often, then by all means you should go ahead and get it. Talking to an expert gemmologist can help you better understand the impact that a spread diamond has on its brilliance. These diamonds don’t beat down your wallet as much, owing to the lower sparkle and brilliance. These are cheaper than diamonds that have higher shine and sparkle and is a great way to have a large diamond resting on a pendant or a ring, without having to spend a fortune on it.
Visit an expert and have them show you around. Chances are that you may or may not fancy these classes of diamonds, but it is best that you don’t have any preconceived notions.