The princess cut diamond is one of the most popular non-round diamonds on the market. The modern princess cut has earned a strong position in the market for more than fifty years.
Its beautiful brilliance and unique cuts make it one of the favorites for engagement ring shoppers. The princess cut is easily recognized with its traditional square shape and pointed coroners.
Princess cut diamonds give diamond manufacturers a larger yield from the rough so its no surprise to hear that princess cuts can also be more cost efficient for shoppers. Even with its popularity, princess cuts can be less expensive per carat than most other shapes (rounds in particular). They often come from a cleaner type of rough diamond that generally make it easier to find a princess cut with fewer inclusions. Its a good thing too, as princess cuts have a larger table that can sometimes make inclusions more visible.
When shopping for a princess cut diamond it is important to consider the dimensions of the stone. The length to width ration can play a role in the way the diamonds looks to the eye. The traditional square shape can start to look more rectangular as the ration increases. Princess cuts keep their square looks when the ratio is around 1.00 to 1.05. Anything larger than a 1.05 ration will start to make the diamond look more rectangular.
The depth of the stone is also something to keep in mind. Princess cuts with a 60-62% depth are harder to find but will tend to look brighter. We suggest that you stay within the 60-70% depth for a brighter looking stone. Remember that depth will give you the best chance for great light performance.
The princess cut diamond, like the round, is very versatile when it comes to setting. From elegant solitaires to elaborate haloes, the princess cut always seems to fit comfortably and look fantastic. When choosing a setting it is important to keep the corners in mind as they are the more vulnerable parts of the stone. It is recommended to set princess cuts in a setting that protects the corners.
Other things to look out for!
With most shapes, buyers look to hide inclusions in the corners or edges of the stones. If you are going to do this with a princess cut it is important to remember that any major inclusions near the coroner can weaken the integrity of the diamond. It would be a shame to invest hard earned money in a diamond that was chipped after accidentally banging it on a table.
In the end the most important thing to remember is that many parts of the diamond shopping experience are subjective to your views and liking. Whether you like a more rectangular shape or a perfect square, it is important to follow your heart and make sure you choose something that you will be happy with for the rest of your life.
Stay tuned as next week we cover yet another one of the 10 basic diamond shapes.
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