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What is Scintillation?

When it comes to diamonds, their allure goes beyond mere sparkle. One of the most captivating aspects of a diamond’s beauty is its scintillation. This term might sound technical, but it plays a crucial role in what makes a diamond dazzle. In this blog post, we’ll explore what scintillation is and why it’s so important in the world of diamonds.

What is Scintillation?

Scintillation refers to the flashes of light that a diamond produces when it moves under a light source. This phenomenon is a combination of two factors: the diamond's internal reflections and the way it interacts with light. Essentially, scintillation is the dynamic sparkle you see as the diamond moves. It’s different from brilliance, which is the overall white light reflected from the diamond, and fire, which is the dispersion of light into various colors.

The quality of scintillation in a diamond is influenced by several factors, including its cut, clarity, and the precision of its facets. A well-cut diamond with precisely angled facets will produce more intense and frequent flashes of light, creating a more vibrant and lively appearance. This is why the cut is often considered the most critical of the 4Cs (cut, clarity, colour, and carat weight) when it comes to a diamond’s overall visual appeal.

There are two types of scintillation: flash scintillation and fire scintillation. Flash scintillation refers to the white light that flickers across the diamond’s surface, while fire scintillation is the colourful flashes that result from light dispersion. Both contribute to the diamond’s overall sparkle, making it a mesmerising gemstone to behold.

Understanding scintillation helps you appreciate why diamonds are so captivating. It’s the interplay of light and movement that brings a diamond to life, making it a truly remarkable gem. If you’re in the market for a diamond, pay close attention to its scintillation to ensure you select a piece that will continue to dazzle for years to come.

Experience the scintillation of our exquisite diamond collection firsthand. Visit us at Brinkhaus Jewellers, 24 St Quentin Avenue, Claremont, to explore our stunning range or speak to us about finding the perfect diamond for you. Let us help you discover the brilliance and sparkle that only a beautifully cut diamond can offer.

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