Parts of a Diamond

A diamond is typically described using five distinct parts. The top, flat section is known as the table. Older stones had a smaller table, whereas more modern cuts have a larger, wider table that allows a better view into the center of the stone. The faceted area facing upward on a angle and ending at the table is called the crown. Antique cuts have very few facets on the crown as compared to newer cuts, like the modern brilliant. The crown ends at a horizontal side cut at the widest point of the stone, called the girdle. The sides below the girdle make up the pavilion, which inverts towards the very bottom of the stone, which is called the culet or cutlet.

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