Diamond Anatomy

While every diamond is unique, all diamonds share certain structural features. A diamond’s anatomy, or its basic structure, determines its proportions, brilliance, dispersion and scintillation. Each part of the diamond has a specific name, and having a basic understanding of how each part contributes to the diamond as a whole will help you find your perfect diamond.

A diamond is comprised of the eight main components. They are Diameter, Table, Crown, Table Spread, Girdle, Pavilion, Depth, and Culet. Below is a brief description of each part of a diamond and its location.

  • Diameter: The width of a polished stone, measured from edge to edge.
  • Table: The largest polished facet located on the top of the diamond.
  • Crown: The top part of a diamond extending from the table to the girdle. The crown is made up of bezel facets (crown mains), star facets, upper girdle facets (upper halves), and a table facet.
  • Girdle: The very edge (widest edge) of the diamond where the crown and pavilion meet.
  • Pavilion: The bottom part of a diamond extending from the girdle down to the culet.
  • Depth: The total height of a diamond measured from the table to the culet.
  • Culet: The small or pointed facet at the very bottom of the diamond.

Before purchasing a diamond, make sure that you have a basic understanding of a diamond’s anatomy. This will allow you to truly appreciate diamonds and all their intricacies, communicate with experts about a particular diamond, and, most importantly, it will assist you in making a well-thought out decision about which diamond is best for you.

page load - render : 281.1169 ,snapshot:281.1169, page load end:281.1169 default3-Total:15.6236 ----------------- setMetaForEngagementMomentsItem - end : 0 base.OnPreRender - end : 0 base.Utils.DeleteOldCartAndWishlistCookies - end : 0 LowerCaseRedirector - start : 0 LowerCaseRedirector - end : 0 HttpsRedirector - end : 0 all ifs - end : 0 mobile Redirect - end : 0 default3 OnPreRender - end : 0 --------default3-OnPreRender end--------- page load - stats :281.1169 total:249.876 miniVer : 0 SPProcessor2 : 0 spp.GetPageXml() : 249.876 jTrans : 265.5011 xnlRef : 265.5011 xnl n0, container:#BodyContainer Transform: 0 xnl n0 : 265.5011, container:#BodyContainer xnl n1 : 265.5011, container:header xnl n2 : 265.5011, container:footer xnl n3, container:#WidePane Transform: 15.6158 xnl n3 : 281.1169, container:#WidePane xnl n4, container:#educationLeft Transform: 0 xnl n4 : 281.1169, container:#educationLeft xnl n5, container:#educationMain Transform: 0 xnl n5 : 281.1169, container:#educationMain xnl loop : 281.1169 template:1,#BodyContainer processTime:0 template:1185.51,header processTime:78.0075 template:1185.52,footer processTime:15.6128 template:118,#WidePane processTime:93.7582 template:126,#educationLeft processTime:15.619 template:117,#educationMain processTime:31.2505