Princess Cut Diamond

Princess Cut Diamond Motek Diamonds Dallas Tx

If you have a ‘diamond desire’ that nearly embraces the sparkle factor of a round brilliant cut yet available in a unique shape and at a rate that is far more affordable, then the princess cut diamond is the right choice for you. It combines your three wishes to bring out an appeal that is not only modern but stylish in every way. Given its closeness to the round brilliant cut in various aspects, it is but natural that it ranks second in the list of the most popular cut shape for diamonds.

 

Features of the Princess Cut Diamond:

Ideally, the princess cut diamond is the square version of the brilliant round cut and is sometimes identified as the square modified brilliant. It either features 57 facets or 76 facets that have a ratio of 1.0 to 1.05. The face-up shape is either square or rectangular. The pyramidal side-on shape along with the four beveled sides contribute to produce an increased light dispersion that is greater than any other square shaped diamond. This hides the many subtle inclusions that may be present in the diamond. Though the traditional princess cut diamonds are square, there are some diamonds which have a rectangular shape. The more a princess cut diamond is inclined towards being rectangular, the less will be its price.

The square princess cut diamond of 2 carats carries a price tag that is much lower than round brilliant cut diamond of the same carat. This is because the princess cut diamond loses only 20% of the rough diamond in its creation process as opposed to 50% of the rough diamond that is lost in the creation process of the round brilliant cut. The princess cut has sharp edges. It is essential to set a princess cut diamond with prongs in order to protest the edges that are susceptible to chipping. Usually the corners of a princess cut diamond are home to flaws and other inclusions and covering them with prongs will conceal the flaws.

Princess Cut Diamond Proportions View

HISTORY OF THE PRINCESS CUT DIAMOND

The modern princess cut, which is a square stone of 58 facets apparently has its root in the Barion cut diamond that was created by Basil Watermeyer of South Africa back in the year 1971. The Barion cut was fashioned in 81 facets and 4-fold mirror-image symmetry. In the same year, London cutter Arpad Nagy patented his design of the square cut diamond which he had created in 1961 and named it ‘Profile Cut’. The ‘Profile Cut’ comprised of 58 facets and had a much flatter appearance than what we see today. The cut became popularized by the trio: Ygal Perlman, Israel Itzkowitz and Betzalel Ambar, who later in the year 1979, developed what is known today as the Princess cut or the Square Modified Brilliant. In the meanwhile another similar cut by the name ‘Quadrillion’ surfaced, featuring 49 facets. It was distributed by Ambar Diamonds in Los Angeles.

In the years that followed, several optical research took place which culminated in the modern Princess cut, which is a square stone with 58 facets. It shares much similarity with a round brilliant cut diamond. There lies ample reason for the public to embrace princess cut and give it the thumbs up.

CUT GUIDE

Following is the GIA evaluation of the CUT of a Princess cut diamond. The GIA takes into consideration the below mentioned and several other factors while assessing a cut grade.


Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor
Table % 62 - 70 59 - 61
or
71 - 74 
56 - 58
or
75 - 82
53 - 55
or
83 - 85
< 53
or
> 85
Depth % 64 - 75 64 - 75 58 - 63.9
or
75.1 - 80
56 - 57.9
or
80.1 - 84
< 56
or
> 84
Girdle Very Thin
to
Sl. Thick 
Very Thin
to
Sl. Thick
Very Thin
to
Thick 
Very Thin
to
Very Thick
Ex. Thin
to
Ex. Thick
Culet None
Very Small
Small
Medium 
> Medium
L/W Ratio
1.00 - 1.03
1.00 - 1.03
1.04 - 1.05
1.06 - 1.08 > 1.08

Color and Clarity

Keep in mind that the evaluation of color and clarity in princess cut diamonds is subjective. Every customer will have their own individual perception and unique standard.

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