In the industry of fire and brilliance, few diamond cuts hit the mark quite like the princess cut. While it’s widely known that the round cut is the most popular choice for diamond purchases in the country, for those looking for an “edgier” but equal grade of diamond, the princess cut is an excellent choice.
A Brief History of the Princess Cut
According to the International Gem Society (IGS), the princess cut (square shape) diamond is the second most popular gem cut out there. In fact, of all other gem shapes outside of the traditional round cut, the princess cut is the number one choice.
With origins in the 1960s, the princess cut has quickly grown in popularity as an affordable alternative to the traditional round cut. Originally known as the “profile cut” when created by gem cutter Arpad Nagy, it was soon after dubbed the princess cut.
The cut is a very difficult one to achieve, given the overall shape and precision involved with the necessary symmetrical facets. As a result, it took decades to perfect and give way to the princess cuts we see today. What we know as the square shape today is credited to two gem cutters, Betazel Ambar and Israel Itzkowitz in 1980.
Why Choose a Princess Cut?
Part of the popularity of the princess cuts today lie in large part with the affordability of the diamonds. The overall shape of this cut allows gem cutters to maximize their output – meaning in essence, there is much less waste during the cutting process.
Since they are able to create more finished pieces out of the same raw material than a round cut diamond, this allows for a more appealing price tag. In fact, according to IGS, princess cut diamonds can have as much as a 30% lower price tag than their round cut counterparts of the same carat weight.
What to Consider
While nothing compares to the brilliance of a round cut diamond, princess cuts come in a close second when done correctly. Their uniformly brilliant facets are more difficult to achieve but can create a diamond with fiery luminance.
Many who consider the princess cut are attracted to their more modern appeal and lower price tag, but that’s not all. Even though round cut diamonds will have a larger face when compared to a princess cut of the same carat weight, the princess cut will actually appear to be the larger gem. Since princess cut diamonds contain dramatic angles and cuts, their surface face gives the appearance of being larger than it really is. It’s easy to understand how this, combined with the lower price, is quite appealing to diamond buyers.
There is one thing to keep in mind when considering a princess cut, however. While the dramatic angles lend to a larger appearance, they can also be a source of potential damage. With pronounced corners, the diamond will likely catch on items much easier than a round cut version and can be prone to damage because of their design.
Overall, the princess cut has earned its top spot in the fancy diamond cut as both an aesthetically pleasing gem and a budget-friendly one. It’s not difficult to understand how such an attractive piece has gained so much in popularity in recent decades.