A well cut diamond reflects the light internally between its mirror-like facets.
A well cut diamond reflects the light internally between its mirror-like facets. When precisely proportioned, these facets enhance the stone's brilliance. A diamond may appear larger or smaller than its actual weight depending on its cut. Cutting a diamond is a delicate work of art that requires a craftsman's imagination, patience and skill. All Swana Diamonds are crafted by a selected group of master diamantaires, who release from each Swana its full beauty and brilliance.
Cut is perhaps the most important element of the 5C's - it affects the fire of the stone, its brilliance, and the way that it reflects the light.
Swana was created to bring you the most perfect cut - one that maximizes the brilliance of every Swana Diamond.
Swana diamond cut vs. standard round brilliant diamond
Today's diamond market is flooded with standard 'Round Brilliant Cut' diamonds - and while their 58 facets deliver quite a sparkle, they're certainly no Swana...
The Swana possesses, not 58, but a full 89 facets! Meticulously placed, smoothed and polished by a handful of the world's leading Master Diamantaires - craftspeople with an intimate understanding of refractive index and critical angle data, and a mastery of the science of creating beauty.
No doubt you'll appreciate their dedication to science - but you'll fall in love with their artistry. Fire, brilliance and - deep inside - Swana's signature eight-pointed star. It lights up the room. Finally, the true potential of the Botswana diamond has been realized.
The 'Round Brilliant Cut' is nice, but the Swana changes everything.
Redesigning the standard 57-faceted diamonds (58 including the culet, or flat base) into an advanced 89 facets, combined with the perfect selection of diamonds from Botswana, improves the light reflection and colour appearance.
ROUND BILLIANT CUT
We have summarized the key characteristics of Swana in the following table.
Trade mark/ patent
More facets - reflects more light
Selected group of skillful experts.
Round/ Brilliant cut
Fewer facets - reflects less light
Created by a standard workshop.
All the world
Mostly not certified, different laboratories.
There are many different shapes of diamond today in the world. Among the most common ones are: round-brilliant, princess, emerald, ascher, marquise, oval, radiant, pear, heart, cushion, and other shapes which are less common.
Amongst all the shapes, round-brilliant is the most common one, accounting for the majority of gem-grade diamond sales in the world.
When the round brilliant stone is cut to perfection, it is by far the most brilliant shape. The light enters the diamond from the top, and is reflected back through its facets.
In lesser cut diamonds, more of the light is absorbed - it goes through the diamond, resulting in minimized brilliance. The Swana cut takes the brilliance a notch higher. Applying this special Swana cutting technique with the extra facets improves the brilliance and fire.
How diamonds are cut
Diamond is the hardest substance in the world, so how exactly are diamonds cut? It takes a diamond to cut a diamond. In commercial processing diamonds are cut by machines, mostly by laser machines.
It takes attention, professionalism and expertise to cut a perfect diamond - a task that can be performed only by people, not by machines. To guarantee adherence to our demanding quality standards, only 100 skilled professionals, worldwide, have been trained to produce the Swana cut.