As the name suggests, the princess cut’s aesthetic is royalty in a ring. Even though the cut’s name is princess, it’s fit for the king or queen of your heart. This lovely diamond shape looks dazzling on all fingers, but before you go out and buy one, be sure you know what you’re doing.
What is a princess cut diamond?
The Gemological Institute of America describes the princess cut diamond as an “upside-down pyramid, with much of its weight in the pavilion, so the face-up appearance of the finished diamond may appear smaller than another diamond of a different shape but of similar carat weight.” They don’t always have the triangular shape, for they can take baguette and rectangular form. Princess cut diamonds were launched by their two creators, Betzalel Ambar and Israel Itskowitz, in 1981. Princess cut diamonds haven’t been around for very long, but they have gained popularity for their aesthetic and practicality.
Pros and Cons of Princess Cuts
Like almost every other diamond that isn;t a brilliant round, it’s cheaper than a brilliant round. The International Gem Society (IGS) claims that princess cuts can be up to thirty percent cheaper than a brilliant round that weighs the same. Also, the IGS says that their face-up area is a little bigger, and size does matter. The bigger the diamond, the more noticeable the ring, and the louder the declaration of your love is. As much bang for your buck princess cuts provide, the price is low for a reason.
Like almost every other diamond that isn’t a brilliant round, it is not as shiny as a brilliant round. Also, diamonds with pointy corners are prone to chipping. To prevent damage, get a ring with prongs that shield the weak spots. Don’t let these downsides scare you away from the lovely princess cut, you can avoid the damage if you shop smart.
How to shop for one
The GIA and IGS have got you covered here. When shopping for a square-cut princess diamond, the best length to width ratio is 1:05:1. This measurement allows for a nice symmetrical stone and involves a lot of calculating. A simpler way to see if a gem is even is to draw a line down the middle and see if the line divides it equally. Also, be sure that the light reflection is bright enough. The IGS also recommends white gold or platinum diamonds with a table percentage of less than seventy-five. IGS also states that the best depth percentage is around sixty-five to seventy-five percent. When in doubt, refer to the GIA’s four C’s of diamonds, which are clarity, cut, carat, and color. If the diamond gets high scores in all these areas, it’s a keeper.
The princess cut diamond is royally elegant, but also a royal responsibility. The square or tapered shape makes a lovely piece of jewelry for a wedding or any other occasion where looking fabulous is a must (we believe that’s every day). However, since the cut is so gorgeous, any maintenance and careful purchasing will be worth it.
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