A square counterpart of the round brilliant cut the Princess shaped diamond is a modified rectangular brilliance or a square cut diamond. Israel Itzkowitz and Betzalel Ambar first created this shape in the 1980. Since then its popularity knows no bounds, especially designing the engagement rings. Do you know why people love this diamond shape? It gives high flexibility of design working with almost all kinds of ring styles.
Princess cut diamond has 57-76 facets in all and charges slightly low per carat price as compared to the round cut. Pyramid four sided shape of the Princess cut resembles the half of rough octahedron stone; from where the diamond is cut. Because of this similarity, it is possible to separate the cutting of two equal sized diamonds from one rough stone. Once the diamond is extracted only 60% of the weight of the rough stone remains. This signifies small waste as compared to other varieties.
Greater yield and efficiency of the Princess cut signifies a lower price. When taken carat against carat, surface crown area of this shape is approximately 10% less to round same weight diamonds. However, corner-corner measure is 15% greater to round same-weight diamond creating a bigger size illusion. While most of the princess cut diamonds is traditionally square shape, some may also be rectangular. However, such shapes are quite hard to detect.
When all the features remain the same, more rectangular pieces will command a comparatively low price than others. Shape is a subjective feature with many buyers choosing the rectangular piece and preferring them over the square shape. In general, any piece with the length-width ratio is 1.05 or below will simply appear square-shaped to the naked eye. A Princess cut with side diamonds in design a length-width ratio from 1.05 to 1.08 gives it a square shape. This happens because the side stones create an illusion of width for the central stone.
It is important to set the Princess cut with prongs for protection of its four corners, which are quite vulnerable to chipping. Also, the presence of prongs covers the extra facets, naturals, and other flaws or inclusions generally present near the edges.
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