Ideal Scope
  • For light return and symmetry study.

Ideal Scope

What is the Ideal-Scope and what does it do?

  • The diamonds are unique due to their breath taking brilliance, fire and scintillating performance. The value of the diamond depends on 4Cs, namely Carat, Color, Clarity and Cut. When it comes to Clarity and Cut, the certificate do not speak a lot. The diamond’s value greatly depends on the way it performs for the buyer. But not much information is available to display it in a way a consumer will appreciate.
  • The Ideal-scope is based on a principle discovered by Mr. Okuda in the 1970’s. A 10x lens with a hot red / pink reflector in front of the diamond has a central viewing hole, which allows you to see just how much of the red / pink light refracts back from the diamond.
  • The instrument is a simple brilliance gauge; white areas in a diamond show light transmitted from behind the diamond; often called leakage - the enemy! The blackness of the lens mimics an observer's head blocking out the light. The most brilliant diamonds look bright pink/red with a black star and minimal white or pale areas. Most ideal cuts have small ‘V’ shaped white leakage features at the girdle.
  • Invented originally for brilliance assessment, the ideal-scope shows a diamonds symmetry. Diamonds with perfect symmetry and good proportions show a black eight-pointed star. Hearts and Arrows (and H&A’s viewers) are a by-product of Mr. Okuda’s discovery.
  • In December 2001 the American Gem Society (AGS) announced it will work with Fire scope™ owner Richard von Sternberg to develop a new diamond cut grading system. “We strongly believe that a quantifiable cut grade for fancy shaped diamonds is now within reach,” said Robert W. Bridel, AGS executive director and CEO”.


How to use?

  • The main idea is to have even lighting and to hold everything close to your eye
  • Find a light source or moderate ambient light. A shaded fluorescent lamp (Fig 1a) or facing a well-lit, light coloured wall (Fig 1b) will give good results. Typical office lighting provides a good environment.

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  • Hold the ideal-scope very close to your eye (like glasses), with the lens to your eye.
  • Pick up a loose stone (with tweezers) or a mounted stone and hold it right up to the open end of the ideal-scope. The table of the stone (the flat top) has to be facing you. (The scope does not work when you view the stone through the pavilion – the pointed bottom)
  • Face toward the light source or wall with your eye shaded from direct light (Fig 1).


  • Do not hold the stone inside the scope – right at the end of the scope is the best place (Fig 2).


  • Examine the stone and look for where and how much of the stone is strong pink and black and how much is white or pale pink.