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A History of Princess Cut Diamonds

Princess cut diamonds are some of the most popular types of jewellery in the world, just behind round brilliant diamond jewellery. Women and men are both drawn to two of the simplest shapes of diamonds. A round brilliant cut is really based on a circle and the princess cut is based on a square.

The princess cut on diamond jewellery is a modern cut. There are some cuts of diamonds that have been used for more than a hundred years, but the princess cut only goes back to the 1960s. The person who came up with the cut was looking to create a cut that would be a more economical version of the round brilliant. His goal was to cut the diamond in a way that would allow the rough stone cut to be preserved while the diamond still had the sparkle and fire of the brilliant cut. Some in the diamond industry call the princess cut the square modified brilliant.

The princess cut diamond looks much like an inverted pyramid. If you picture a pyramid in your mind, a princess cut diamond is the way a pyramid would look from the bottom. The top of the stone is square and the base tapers down into a triangular shape.

A princess cut diamond is immensely popular because of the amount of sparkle that it creates. The sparkle of a princess cut diamond is very similar to the sparkle you see with a round brilliant cut diamond. Another reason a princess cut diamond is popular is because it can cost less than other cuts of diamonds. This is because a princess cut diamond works to lessen the flaws that may be in a diamond in such a way as they are not noticeable to the naked eye.

Princess cut diamonds are able to utilize more of the original rough diamond. Other cuts of diamond on average can only use 40 to 50 percent of the original diamond. Even though the round brilliant cut is the most popular cut of diamond, it weighs more because more of the rough diamond must be cut away in order to create a round brilliant diamond. When you compare the prices of the two cuts, a whole carat of princess cut diamond will sell for about the same as would .80 of a carat of a round brilliant cut diamond.

Princess cut diamonds are used in many types of jewellery. They can be found in stud earrings, diamond necklaces, tennis bracelets, and diamond engagement rings. The square shape of a princess cut diamond makes it ideal for use in modern jewellery design but diamonds sparkle in any and every cut shape.


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