Fit For A Princess: All About the Princess-Cut Diamond
By Ashley Bailey , Monday, October 25, 2010 4:14 AM
The princess-cut diamond
is the second-most popular diamond shape, after the round brilliant. It is popular for many kinds of jewelry, including earrings, pendants, and of course, engagement rings. A princess-cut is simply a square diamond with pointed corners and a similar brilliance level as the round brilliant.
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The princess cut was developed in the 1960’s and quickly became a more modern alternative to the traditional round diamond. These days, many engagement ring setting styles are adaptable for use with a princess-cut
, and more and more people are turning to the princess for their big day. Celebrities have opted for the princess-cut’s classy and interesting look as well. Eva Longoria Parker wears a three-stone engagement ring
with a hefty princess-cut stone flanked by two trapezoids, while Ashlee Simpson received a beautiful and simple princess-cut stone in a pavé setting from rocker Pete Wentz.
Princess-cut diamond ring
Although in some ways, the princess-cut, or modified square brilliant, takes the round brilliant as its inspiration, in other ways, it is completely different. A princess-cut stone will weigh slightly more than a round stone of the same diameter because of its extra corners and deeper depth. Its unique faceting pattern is called the Double French, in which a series of chevron-shaped facets in the pavilion combine to give the stone a distinctive reflection. This unique faceting gives the princess-cut
a similarly high level of light return as the round brilliant, while still retaining the interesting shape of other square diamonds.
Princess-cut diamond ring by whiteflash
Despite its uniqueness, the princess-cut can sometimes be slightly less expensive than round stones of a similar size and quality. This is because less crystal weight from the original rough diamond is lost when cutting a princess-cut stone than when cutting a round brilliant. However, due to their lesser popularity and the fluctuations of the market, prices can vary.
When buying a princess-cut stone, it is important to educate yourself about the dimensions that are ideal for maximum light return. The AGS and GIA do not grade princess cuts in the same way they grade round stones, so you have to arm yourself with knowledge to make sure you get a stone you will always love. Length-to-width ration is one important factor. For a square-looking diamond, opt for a ratio between 1:1 and 1:1.05. For a more rectangular look, look for a stone with a ratio over 1:1.10.
Four prong princess-cut diamond ring
The four C’s remain the same as they would for a round brilliant, although you will want to make sure that you opt for a good color grade and make sure that there are no inclusions near the corners of the stone, which can make them prone to chipping. Since princess-cuts can only be made from high-quality rough diamonds, their clarity grades are generally quite good. Princess-cuts are not as good as round brilliants at hiding diamond color, so you will want to choose a color grade of at least I. Cut can be a little trickier, but a rule of thumb is to look for a total depth between 72% and 75%, with a table percentage of under 75%.
The princess-cut is a gorgeous, classic diamond shape that will never go out of style. A princess-cut ring will become a family heirloom, passing on your good taste to the next generation.
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