Lovelady Diamond

Jewelry and Gold Buyers
~ Since 1980 ~
Phone: (800) 854-0014
Fax: (408) 358-5339
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Sell your diamonds, jewelry, gold, coins, sterling and platinum safely and competitively.
Lovelady Diamond


Established and Original Owner Since 1980

Serving San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Los Gatos areas as well as the USA via our free shipping kits from our Los Gatos office.

The Culet

The culet is the bottom point facet polished for protective purposes only.

This damaged culet could have been caused by mishandling with steel tipped tweezers or in the jaws of a Leveridge gauge.

This large culet will be visible to the naked eye.

A side profile an extremely large culet.

The lost light (shown in red) is exiting through an extremely large culet. The contained light (shown in green) is reflecting properly within the diamond.

The blue shaded area represents the large weight loss of a poorly proportioned stone with flat pavilion angles and a large culet.

The culet, the bottom point facet of the diamond, is for protective purposes only and serves no added value to the stone. When too large, it can severely take away from the beauty of the stone and can affect the value at least slightly, depending on its size and visibility.

A favorable culet size is small to medium. A pointed culet (or "none" on some lab reports) is not considered a negative, but again, it should not be handled by steel tipped tweezers. On pointed culets, you'll often see very small chips due to mishandling.

The abrasions that are sometimes noted traveling down the pavilion main facet edges, are more than likely caused in the cutting process. Even though this is often called a culet feature, it is not a culet characteristic since it is above the point area. These minor blemishes can usually be polished away with almost undetectable weight loss.

To check the culet size, look through the table with your 10x loupe. With a Very Small culet, tilting the stone might be necessary to make sure there is a culet at all. A Medium culet will be easy to spot, and you'll probably be able to distinguish the octagon shape. Slightly Large will be almost visible to the naked eye and you'll easily distinguish the octagon shape under 10x. A Large to Extremely Large culet will be visible to the naked eye.

Clock-wise from top left: Pointed (none), small, medium and large.

When diamond cutters first started fashioning old style cuts, such as the mine and European, they didn't realize that the large to extremely large culets that they polished on the diamonds, provided easy escape for the light traveling through the stone. A good part of the light entering the diamond took a quick exit through the culet.

The important aspect to keep in mind is how culet size affects brilliance and salability. If you're thinking that a little re-cutting could shrink a culet to a normal size, be wary. A flat pavilion and large culet could mean heavy weight loss.

Certification | Diamond Specs | Contact Information

   Selling diamond jewelry to us has always been a safe and seamless process as we have been up to date on market conditions for over 34 years (since 1980). The owner is an author of a self-instructional course and has written many published trade magazine articles in the years past.

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Certification | Diamond Specs | Contact Information

   The owner, Glenn Lovelady, is a diamond cutter and knows diamonds from the rough to the polished. The information on this website alone would qualify as a diamond encyclopedia so be aware that we know this product like very few people do. Be confident that you are dealing with professionals that have many decades of experience.

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   Even though the prices have been very volatile in the metals markets we stay up to date on trends and promise to pay you an extremely competitive price.

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   Timepieces can be a trendy market but we have the knowledge and experience to bid quotes that satisfy our sellers and leave a small profit to run our business. We are not watch snobs so we have expanded broadly outside of the typical "we only buy Patek, Rolex and Cartier" mentality.

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   We are consistently expanding our knowledge and buying power into areas that have been both interesting and very marketable. A few years ago we would have never guessed we would be buying high-end clutch bags and figurines. Feel free to contact us with as much information as possible regarding your valuable small collectible.

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