Hearts and Arrows of a Diamond

Discover the fascinating world of Hearts and Arrows in diamonds: a tale spanning continents and centuries. 

In the early 20th century, Marcel Tolkowsky introduced the round brilliant diamond, and in the 1980s, Japanese cutters revolutionized perfection, creating diamonds with kaleidoscopic patterns. Craftsmen used precise angles and facet lengths to make the "Hearts" and "Arrows" patterns in round diamonds.


What they represent

The mystique of Hearts and Arrows lies not just in their visual beauty, but also in the cultural and spiritual significance of their eight uniform patterns, symbolizing good fortune and spiritual perfection

The diamond is characterized by having eight arrow shapes from the crown and eight heart shapes from the pavilion—a sight that transforms an ordinary diamond into a mesmerizing treasure. In the hands of jewelry artisans, 

Hearts and Arrows diamonds symbolize timeless elegance and unmatched beauty, blending tradition with contemporary brilliance.

Hearts and Arrows diamond illustration by the IGI 

What they are

Achieving these patterns in the world's hardest substance showcases diamond cutters' unwavering pursuit of precision.

Amidst the 4Cs of diamonds, the cut is highest, determining the diamond’s overall beauty by allowing it to sparkle as light bounces off it. 

Hearts and Arrows diamonds are considered a “super ideal” cut

Hearts and Arrows diamonds stand as an exceptional category in the world of diamonds, going beyond the conventional 'ideal' and 'excellent' cut grades given by respected institutions like the International Gemological Institute (IGI) and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). 


They make up less than 1% of the diamond market, highlighting their uniqueness and exceptional craftsmanship.

However, it's important to note that not all diamonds graded as 'ideal' or 'excellent' possess the coveted Hearts and Arrows pattern. This unique pattern is a hallmark of meticulous artistry, but its presence does not guarantee a diamond's overall cut quality.

For example, the GIA does not formally recognize Hearts and Arrows as a component of the cut grade. This distinction arises from the fact that the presence of the pattern alone is not a definitive assurance of a diamond's superior cut.

[...] you need to fall in love with the diamond – and no report can substitute for what stirs your heart,”

the GIA states, guaranteeing those that covet diamonds of all cuts. 

IGI, on the other hand, one of the leading laboratories on diamond grading, provides certificates for the heart and arrow pattern.

How to acquire one 

At Brilyo, we invite jewelry enthusiasts to explore our exclusive collection of Hearts and Arrows diamonds. Each diamond is meticulously selected and expertly cut to perfection. Our commitment to excellence ensures clients experience top craftsmanship without compromise and additional cost. 

Visit our showroom at 7F Avire Tower, Quezon City, open every day from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, except Thursday and Sunday. Book an appointment or walk into our store to witness the allure of Hearts and Arrows diamonds firsthand and acquire them at best market value.