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Round Brilliant or Princess - Selecting a Diamond Style

By  , Friday, January 18, 2013

round vs princess cutWhen it comes to diamond shapes, the two that stand out above the rest are the round brilliant cut and the square princess cut. Both are known for their eye catching sparkle and brilliance. The right one for you depends largely on personal taste and the different qualities of each that you find especially important. 
Round or round brilliant cut diamonds are the most traditional cuts and continue to be the most prevalent in today’s market. One of the reasons for the continued popularity of round diamonds is their potential for ultimate light performance, brilliance, fire and sparkle.
round brilliant cut
 Round Brilliant Cut Diamond
The first round diamonds were seen around the 17th century. At the time, they had 17 facets on the top half of the stone. Gemologist, engineer and mathematician Marcel Tolkowsky created the American ideal cut (or American Standard Cut) in the early 1900’s. Modern round cuts have 57 or 58 facets. It takes a master diamond cutter with a great deal of experience, precision, and artistry to cut a round diamond.
Diamond cut quality and precision is extremely important as it has the greatest effect on the light performance (brilliance, fire and sparkle).  A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows diamonds by Whiteflash are round super ideal cut diamonds that are known industry-wide for their superior light performance. They are the “best of the best” in terms of brilliance, fire and sparkle. 
Princess Brilliant Cut Diamond
Princess Brilliant Cut Diamond
Princess diamonds have become enormously popular in recent years.  The princess combines the sparkle of a round brilliant cut with the square shape. The results are the “princess brilliant cut.” With their straight sides and sharp corners, princess cuts are a good choice as center pieces for certain types of ring designs. In addition to style choices, a big advantage of the princess is that diamonds of the same weight, color and clarity will cost considerably less in a princess than in a round. The main reason for this is that the shape retains more carat weight from the rough diamond, resulting in less waste during cutting and greater yield.
round vs princess cut diamonds
Round and Princess Diamond
Although princess diamonds are commonly cut to maximize yield and do not have great light performance, Ideal princess diamonds do exist in the market. The American Gem Society Laboratories (AGSL) is the only lab that grades overall cut in a princess. AGS Ideal certified diamonds are a guarantee that the cut was expertly graded will have far better light performance than ordinary princess cuts. The A CUT ABOVE® Princess from Whiteflash is a true ‘super ideal’ and the extraordinary sister to the A CUT ABOVE® Round Hearts and Arrows diamond. The A CUT ABOVE® Princess goes through the same rigorous testing and reviews as its round counterpart, and the results are clear to see. 
Whether a round brilliant or princess diamond suits your fancy and meets your budget, the important thing is to get a diamond that handles light extremely well. Compromising too much in the area of diamond cut quality will result in diminished beauty, especially in low light conditions. Some trade off can be made in color and the diamond will still appear nice and white. Some tradeoff can also be made in clarity and the diamond will still be clean to the eye and capable of plenty of sparkle. But cut quality should be the last thing to compromise. A smaller diamond that really pops is far more attractive than a larger one that doesn’t. 
The ideal diamond for most people is usually one with an ideal cut!
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