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The art of a gem cutter creating an outstanding diamond, is to maximise the amount of light that returns back to your eye through the stone. To achieve ‘brilliance’ – the grey and white sparkle – Masters are set apart by their ability to look at the natural stone, understand what is achievable, and then how they treat the surfaces. Not so different to car designers.
When inspecting diamonds there is a flaw when a diamond is cut either too deep or shallow referred to as a ‘Window’, this is when the light doesn’t bounce back up through the top of the stone, and black spots are noticeable.
I was reminded of this when looking at the front grille on the Lexus LF-SA Concept at Geneva.
With the ever increasing frontal area taken up by grilles on cars, I wonder if automotive designers have unwittingly created the car’s equivalent of a diamond’s ‘Window’.
Geneva International Motor Show 2015, Salon International de l’Automobile.