Reading Diamond Certs :: Culet
The Culet on a diamond is the tiny flat facet at the bottom, that is formed by polishing off the tip at the bottom where all the facets of the pavilion otherwise come to a point.
Polishing the tip of the point (creating a culet) protects the fragile tip of the diamond from chipping, which would require an expensive recut.
Unfortunately in my opinion, diamonds without culets have become the most common. We do always recommend stones with a small or very small culet to minimize the risk of chipping the point. But then again, it should never be enough to break a sale, it is just my opinion as an old guy in the business. And I am gradually seeing the beauty of leaving the point. :^) OK so now you know, I am over 60. What would you expect for someone that has been in the business since around 1980?
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