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Princess Cut

This is a relatively new cut, which has quickly  risen  to  become  the  second  most  popular  cut  for  solitaire  Diamonds,  beaten  only  by  the  round brilliant cut. It is very popular for use in  engagement rings.

Rarely used for coloured gemstones, the princess  cut is not as standardised as other cuts and so  there are often differences in opinion as to what  constitutes as a princess cut.  It was first introduced in 1960 to offer Lapidarists  the ability to maximise yields when faced with  cutting a flattish piece of Diamond rough. The  cut often yields as much as 62%! Although there  is less lustre from the facets on the crown than  a round brilliant cut, it is excellent at displaying  brilliance and dispersion.

So what is a princess cut? The term is normally  used to describe shapes that are square, without  truncated corners. Whereas a round brilliant cut  could be described as a cone when viewed from  the side, the princess cut is more like an upside  down pyramid. 

The crown is constructed with triangular facets  and is not as tall as other cuts; often only 15%  of the gem’s overall depth is in the crown (be  careful of princess cuts that have less than 10%  of total height in the crown as they will display  very little life). Just like the crown, the pavilion’s  facets are also triangular. As the cut sometimes  has 76 facets, it is often referred to as a “Square  Modified Brilliant”.

Finally, if your fiancée’s name is Sarah, then this  cut would make an ideal engagement ring, as the  name Sarah means ‘Princess’.

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A solitaire Princess Cut Diamond engagement ring

from Tomas Rae.