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Hearts & Arrows (H&A's)

The term Hearts & Arrows refers to patterns on a diamond that are considered ideal in terms of symmetry and facets. These are viewable under a special H&A viewer. When viewed from the top or crown, a pattern of 'arrows' can be seen, which for ideal stones will show 8 arrows. When viewed from the bottom or pavilion, a pattern of 8 symmetrical hearts can be seen. An optically perfect symmetrical diamond will show all eight patterns in a single clear view. As there are not many grading standards to determine H&A's, the only way to determine the H&A's of a stone that you are looking to buy online is to view actual photos of it. The sample images below can be obtained through the special H&A viewing scope:

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