Crafted by Infinity Diamond Review 2.538 carats, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Hearts & Arrows

If you’re looking for something spectacular in the range of 2.50 carats, this 2.538 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Crafted by Infinity Diamond from High Performance Diamonds is sure to please! It is produced by Paul Slegers of Crafted by Infinity, who is one of my favorite diamond cutters of all time, because he produces an exceptional Hearts & Arrows quality, zero ideal cut diamond which is absolutely incredible in terms of light return and visual performance.  In all the years I’ve dealt with Paul, I’ve yet to reject a single one of his diamonds for cut quality and I’m certain that this diamond would not be the exception! It exhibits a crisp and complete pattern of Hearts & Arrows and has an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 on the Platinum Light Performance grading platform so it is certain to be amazing in terms of light return and sparkle!

According to the AGSL, the diamond measures 8.77 – 8.80 x 5.41 millimeters, and has a total depth of 61.6% and a table diameter of 55.8% with a 34.5° crown angle which is offset by a pavilion angle of 40.8° with a thin to medium, faceted girdle and a pointed culet, so it’s cut right in the middle of the range designated for the zero ideal cut proportions rating of the American Gem Society Laboratory. This is exactly what I look for in terms of proportions, because it is essentially a diamond cut to Tolkowsky’s Diamond Design and is cut to the “sweet spot” which is well known for producing exceptional light return.

The primary inclusions consist of a few diamond crystals, and small clusters of pinpoint size diamond crystals known as clouds, and there is an extra facet which is located on the underside of the diamond along the lower girdle edge… no big deal.

The diamond exhibits a crisp and complete pattern of Hearts & Arrows, although the diamond is a bit skewed in the photograph, they’ve been having some issues in their photography department… but then again, the photographs which they provide show the diamond blown up to the size of a softball and that makes every little variance look super big!  Silly rabbits, they need to bring those pictures down to about the size of a tennis ball and the pattern would look much better… nevertheless, I’m told that the pattern is gorgeous and like I said, I’ve never rejected one of Paul’s diamonds for cut quality, the optical symmetry of his diamonds has always been top notch.

The diamond looks phenomenal when viewed through the ASET scope and Ideal scope, check out the diamond details page on Wink’s web site, and by all means tell Wink that you heard about him on Nice Ice if you happen to speak with him… Be sure to tell him that it was all bad 😉

Todd Gray
Todd Gray is a professional diamond buyer with 30+ years of trade experience. He loves to teach people how to buy diamonds that exhibit incredible light performance! In addition to writing for Nice Ice, Todd "ghost writes" blogs and educational content for other diamond sites. When Todd isn't chained to a desk, or consulting for the trade, he enjoys Freediving! (that's like scuba diving, but without air tanks)
Todd Gray


Professional diamond buyer with 30+ years trade experience in the niche of super ideal cut diamonds. In my free time, I enjoy freediving & photography.
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Avram says July 20, 2013

Dear Todd,

This looks like an amazing diamond, though I’m not sure whether the inclusions in the picture correspond to the grading report.

Best regards,

    Todd Gray says July 20, 2013

    I assume that you’re referring to the inclusions which appear to the right side of the clarity image? They are reflections of the primary inclusions, this is a fairly common occurrence, because the facets of a diamond act like tiny mirrors. Clarity diagrams indicate the relative location of inclusions, but do not provide reference to reflections of those inclusions. It can be a bit confusing 😉

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