Easily the most popular of all the fancy shape diamonds, the princess cut diamond or square modified brilliant has been developed to have a sparkle equivalent to that of a round brilliant. With a unique perfectly square shape and with a price that is more affordable, the princess cut diamond is an ideal alternative to the traditional round brilliant cut and has been the most popular fancy shape diamond since the early 90’s. The face structure of the princess cut diamond is square to a ratio of 1:1.05 and should never be rectangular, the side face shows a structure that bears resemblance to an inverted pyramid with four beveled sides. Unfortunately, because of the style in which the diamond is cut and its open faceting arrangement, the princess cut diamonds if cut with a poor symmetry can show very little life and scintillation. Therefore, it is essential that when purchasing a princess cut diamond you choose a high quality certified diamond.
The History of Princess Shape Diamonds:
The princess shape diamond as we see it today, has its seeds in the 1971’s Barion cut diamond which was the work of Basil Watermeyer of South Africa. The cut comprised of 81 facets and a 4-fold mirror-image symmetry. The year also saw the patenting of the “Profile Cut”, a square cut diamond created by London cutter Arpad Nagy back in the year 1961. The cut with 58 facets and a flatter structure was soared to popularity by Ygal Perlman, Betzalel Ambar and Israel Itzkowitz. Then surfaced the “Quadrillion” which had 49 facets and shared much similarity with the “Profile Cut”.
Several new versions of the princess shape diamonds started appearing owing to the technological surge. These new experiments and creations eventually gave birth to the modern Princess shape diamonds.
The Features of the 1ct Princess Cut Diamond:
The classic 1ct princess cut diamond is basically a square version of the round brilliant cut and is also classified as the square modified brilliant. The cut features facets that can be anywhere between 53 to 144 depending on the cut of the pavilion and the shape. However, ideally a popular princess cut diamond will feature either 58 or 76 facets. The unique pyramidal side shape that comprises of the four beveled sides render superior light dispersion that remarkably covers up the many inclusions present in the diamond. The princess cut diamond features a series of between 3 and 6 exclusive chevron-shaped pavilion facets with the higher number achieving the better the overall appearance. The sharp edges of a princess cut diamond make it a little more susceptible to chipping and hence setting the diamond with wider secure claws is essential.
Find your Princess Cut Diamond at Diamond Brokers Queensland:
If you are drawn to the square style diamond the princess cut shape may the the right option for you. It is by far the most popular choice and has the fire and brilliance of a round brilliant cut but with a price far more affordable.
The extensive collection of loose princess cut diamonds and princess cut diamond jewellery at Diamond Brokers Queensland, will leave you spoilt for choice. Our consultants will be at your service to educate you on the cut and answer your queries.
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