Better than Diamond (BTD) released Amora Gem (a natural occurrence most rare) as a diamond simulant made of 50% silicon and 50% carbon with the likeness of a diamond, but with the potential to be even better in all aspects. Like Moissanite, Amora Gem is socially and economically responsible because it can be created in-lab and as a result, costs only a fraction of the price compared to that of mined natural Diamond. Between the two, Amora Gem additionally thrives in the unique craftsmanship of its design. BTD places thoughtful emphasis in achieving optical perfection every time by uses of robotic cutting, allowing for exact maximum fire and brilliance. The Hearts and Arrows and OEC (Old European Cut) once only particular to Diamond, are also offered by Amora. However, to cater to its higher refractive index (more fire and brilliance) revisions and improvements were made to cutting parameters accordingly. Below we provide you more information on these precision-cut variations available in Round and Cushion.
H&A – Branding is everything in the fashion industry. When diamonds were first presented as jewelry, they raised the bar for all that followed after. It was not long before subtexts of love and forever, and from there, hearts, arrows, and Cupid were thoughts we had associated with forever gems. The H&A pattern was born to brand Diamonds, and Amora Gem, to follow suit and exceed in expectations did well to adopt it.
For a gem (Diamond, Amora, and now Moissanite) to have an “ideal cut,” there are five main components to consider before it is qualified to be of H&A status. Optical symmetry plays a very pivotal role in how light interacts with Amora. In fact, the Pavilion Angle works in harmony with the Crown Angle to assure that all facets of a group, for example, all eight arrows of the H&A pattern emit light simultaneously in maximum amounts back to the beholder. The Table Size, likewise, plays with light and pattern. It can affect the size of its own reflection, as seen in the center of the stone in the shape of a star. It can also round or square off the shoulders of each of the eight hearts, both of which aim to please and are in direct relation to the Star Facets. The appropriate Star Facet length helps to keep the pattern clean of unnecessary white reflections that might interfere with the pattern. The Lower Girdle Halves, or 16 facets of the pavilion, serve as the foundation on which this pattern is created. These must be tailored to be of the exact same length and angle to prevent crookedness. It is without wonder why with all of these five components considered that these meticulously calculated cuts are made exclusively by robot, that which exceeds human ability.
OEC – Before the ever-so-popular round brilliant cut, there was the OEC. Dating back to the 1800s, the Old European Cut was well-known in the Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Nouveau eras for its classic look. Hand-cut, vintage, and timeless, GIA identifies OECs using criteria similar to the above mentioned for H&A cuts: Table size, Crown Angle, Lower Half Facet Length, and Culet Size. As GIA states, “trade professionals characterize old European cuts as having small table facets, heavy crowns, and overall “deep” or “steep” proportions.” Because of their recognizable difference in historical definition and proportions, GIA grades OECs on a scale much different from others.
Better than Diamond offers a beautifully designed OEC, one that a lot of time went into for modeling and refining to their high standards. These, in opposition of Diamond OECs, are also exclusively cut by robot, Amora Gem OECs truly their own kind.
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