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Announcement Looks Like the new addition to HCA

bling_dream19

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Thank you this looks great and I can't wait to use it. Do we have a way to check proportions for heart shaped diamonds? Thanks for advising. I love hearts and really one but have no idea what to look for in a pendant or earrings.
 

OoohShiny

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Thank you this looks great and I can't wait to use it. Do we have a way to check proportions for heart shaped diamonds? Thanks for advising. I love hearts and really one but have no idea what to look for in a pendant or earrings.
Anything but Rounds falls into 'fancy' shapes, which don't (at this moment in time) have a set range of criteria within which one should stay to ensure best measured light performance.

Fancies can be assessed to some degree by using ASETscope images (to understand leakage and cut accuracy) but they usually have to be bought on that mysterious and hard-to-define criterion of 'beauty' :)
 

Garry H (Cut Nut)

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Thank you this looks great and I can't wait to use it. Do we have a way to check proportions for heart shaped diamonds? Thanks for advising. I love hearts and really one but have no idea what to look for in a pendant or earrings.
Sadly not yet. But I hope to be able to develop a system to work from actual 3D scans of diamonds as .stl file types.
But even more sadly, it is almost impossible to scan the negative facets on a heart shape - the decollete or Vee indentation.
 

bling_dream19

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Anything but Rounds falls into 'fancy' shapes, which don't (at this moment in time) have a set range of criteria within which one should stay to ensure best measured light performance.

Fancies can be assessed to some degree by using ASETscope images (to understand leakage and cut accuracy) but they usually have to be bought on that mysterious and hard-to-define criterion of 'beauty' :)
OK thank you oohshiny looks like I need to a lot of reading and research. And you are right, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I love hearts and I really want to get one some day that is truly sparkly.
 

bling_dream19

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Sadly not yet. But I hope to be able to develop a system to work from actual 3D scans of diamonds as .stl file types.
But even more sadly, it is almost impossible to scan the negative facets on a heart shape - the decollete or Vee indentation.
Hi Garry that would be incredible!!! Please make it if you can. In the meantime, I will start learning all I can about hearts and welcome any tips.
 

Garry H (Cut Nut)

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Hi Garry that would be incredible!!! Please make it if you can. In the meantime, I will start learning all I can about hearts and welcome any tips.
Here is an AGS digital ASET from a scan showing what I mean. The decollete is missing. There are ways to scan negative cavites but usually limited to about 15 degrees and this needs about 45 degrees.
Capture2.JPG Capture1.JPG
 

matt_k

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I'm sorry if I'm asking the same question that has been asked a million times before, but would a hearts and arrow symmetry 1.164 carat round diamond with an HCA score of 0.9 be considered a bit dark for a ring? When I punch in the numbers on my Brian Gavin blue it comes up excellent on everything except for spread ( with the spread being listed as very good). On average, would an HCA score of 1.7 (TIC) generally be better for a ring?
 

OoohShiny

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I'm sorry if I'm asking the same question that has been asked a million times before, but would a hearts and arrow symmetry 1.164 carat round diamond with an HCA score of 0.9 be considered a bit dark for a ring? When I punch in the numbers on my Brian Gavin blue it comes up excellent on everything except for spread ( with the spread being listed as very good). On average, would an HCA score of 1.7 (TIC) generally be better for a ring?
Welcome to the forum :)

The HCA tool is a rejection tool rather than a selection tool, so as long as a stone scores under 2 (maybe even mid-2s) it is worthy of consideration, and a given score under is not necessarily better than another score under 2.

The discussion around shallower stones with lower scores comes up quite often - I found some links that are worth a read:

:)
 

matt_k

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Welcome to the forum :)

The HCA tool is a rejection tool rather than a selection tool, so as long as a stone scores under 2 (maybe even mid-2s) it is worthy of consideration, and a given score under is not necessarily better than another score under 2.

The discussion around shallower stones with lower scores comes up quite often - I found some links that are worth a read:

:)
Thanks so much!!
 

the_mother_thing

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First time seeing this for a ‘looks like’ result, as well as the comment in blue ("Your diamond is not a great candidate"); anyone else see this for an HCA ~3 scoring diamond? :confused:
F8B527AC-9DDB-4C7B-AF01-FD4E07C1662C.jpeg
 

OoohShiny

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First time seeing this for a ‘looks like’ result, as well as the comment in blue ("Your diamond is not a great candidate"); anyone else see this for an HCA ~3 scoring diamond? :confused:
F8B527AC-9DDB-4C7B-AF01-FD4E07C1662C.jpeg
Is that a MRB? With a 37.5 degree crown?? :o
 

the_mother_thing

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Is that a MRB? With a 37.5 degree crown?? :o
Yes, I stumbled upon it earlier today randomly browsing, and wanted to see what HCA would be on it ... I wish I kept the link to the actual diamond, but those were its specs. Will see if I can find it and if so, post the link.
 
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the_mother_thing

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@Garry H (Cut Nut) Having alternative options ‘right there’ is handy/good, but my questions specifically were the n/a ‘looks like’ result for the diamond I entered and the conflicting ‘suggestions’ that the diamond was toed as ‘not a good candidate’ but also ‘might be worth buying if price is right’. :confused:
 

mission1

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“Your diamond is not a great candidate” is quite subjective to someone that doesn’t know the workings of the HCA, but could perhaps be changed to something like “The diamond falls outside the preferred ranges underpinning this cut advisor”.

There’s also a small typo on your #20 screenshot (should be ‘your convenience’).
 

Garry H (Cut Nut)

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@Garry H (Cut Nut) Having alternative options ‘right there’ is handy/good, but my questions specifically were the n/a ‘looks like’ result for the diamond I entered and the conflicting ‘suggestions’ that the diamond was toed as ‘not a good candidate’ but also ‘might be worth buying if price is right’. :confused:
Their are 5 or 6 such messages staged in nastyness :)
 
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