Shapes of Diamonds - Princess
Princess cut is a square cut with sharp edges. It has very good fire and a high
degree of brilliance. The princess cut utilizes most of the original shape of
the rough diamond and the weight loss from cutting is low. As a result, its
price is usually more attractive than a comparative round cut with the same
This is a square or rectangular cut
with numerous sparkling facets. It is a relatively new cut and
often finds its way into solitaire engagement rings. Flattering
to a hand with long fingers, it is often embellished with triangular
stones at its sides. Because of its design, this cut requires
more weight to be directed toward the diamond's depth in order
to maximize brilliance. Depth
percentages of 70% to 78% are not uncommon.
square or rectangular cuts just don't live up to the round
brilliant for sparkle, but the Princess Cut was designed for getting maximum
brilliance from a square cut.
Always ensure that the setting for
your princess cut diamond protects the four pointed corners --
these are the points most likely to chip (and why most rectangular
or square diamond cuts have cropped corners).
Length to width ratio: A princess
cut with a length to width ratio of less than or equal to 1.05:1
will appear square to the observer. While a squarer diamond is
the preference of many, some people prefer a slightly rectangular-shaped