Mary Queen of Scots sent a ring featuring a heart shaped Diamond to Queen Elizabeth I. It seems odd considering they were bitter rivals for more than two decades. However, there is a precedence for this token. Heart shaped diamonds were exchanged between royalty for centuries as a symbol of alliance and good will. In that time heart shaped diamonds were an exceedingly difficult cut, considering the primitive tools of the time. So heart shaped diamonds were cherished above all other gems. Today, less than 2% of all GIA Certified Diamonds available globally at any time are heart shaped. Since it is one of the most complex cuts to get right, master cutters endure lengthy extra training to become qualified to produce a heart with perfect symmetry.
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