The Exquisite Princess Cut diamond is only second in popularity
Diamond Education: The Princess Cut Diamond
The Princess cut is the second most popular cut shape for diamonds, next to a round brilliant.
The face-up shape of the princess cut is square or rectangular and the profile or side-on shape is similar to that of an inverted pyramid with four beveled sides.
Fact: The princess cut is a relatively new diamond cut, having been created in the 1960s.
It has gained in popularity in recent years as a more distinctive alternative to the more popular round brilliant cut, in which the top of diamond, called the crown, is cut with a round face-up shape and the bottom, called the pavilion, is shaped similar to a cone.
A princess cut with the same width as the diameter of a round brilliant will weigh more as it has four corners which would otherwise have been cut off and rounded to form a round brilliant.
The princess cut is sometimes referred to as a square modified brilliant.
Polish and symmetry are two important aspects of the cut.
The polish grade describes the smoothness of the diamond’s facets, and the symmetry grade refers to alignment of the facets.
With poor polish, the surface of a facet can be dulled, and may create blurred or dulled sparkle. It may constantly look like it needs to be cleaned.
With poor symmetry, light can be misdirected as it enters and exits the diamond.