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Princess Diamonds

Reflecting the perfect brilliance of a Round diamond but possessing the elegance of a geometric cut, the modern Princess cut showcases high qualities while maintaining a solid square shape.

As the most important new cut for diamonds since the perfection of the Round Brilliant cut over 60 years ago, the Princess is the first square to live up to the standards and allure of the Round. Designed for reflecting maximum brilliance while dealing with the complexity of cutting squares, the icy fire of the traditional Round cut is possible to achieve with a Princess cut. Rather than using the traditional step-cut configurations of squares such as in emeralds, extra facets are added, which causes this gem to have a more natural brilliance. Because of the newer method of cutting, the Princess’s appearance is much more forgiving of flaws and weaknesses than stepped cuts. The enhanced technique of cutting hides inclusions and makes colour less noticeable. The extra faceting makes this stone naturally more brilliant and sparkly than ordinary square diamonds. Any inclusions are less visible and any slight staining less noticeable. Basically, this is a modification of the Round cut and is technically known as a "square modified brilliant." This cut only readily became available within the past 15 years because its forerunner, the Barion cut, had been protected by now-expired patents.

The top of a Princess diamond is a perfect square and the bottom is tapered into a pyramid shape. The diameter is usually smaller than that of a round cut but still possesses the same carat weight. The length is longer than that of a round cut, too. As the average consumer equates the diameter of a diamond with its size, and since the diameter of the Princess cut is usually smaller than the round cut, a Princess cut diamond of the same diameter as a Round cut will generally have a higher carat weight. Square stones are also better for certain design applications where they can be set in one continuous line without gaps in between, like those that occur when round stones are used.

Due to the mitring, a Princess cut diamond has vulnerable four pointed corners susceptible to chipping if not well protected. The risk of putting pressure on delicate parts of the diamond when setting it, like on the corners of a square cut, is factored into the final cost of a Princess. There are techniques such as "chamfering" or using "seats" that can protect potential damage, however. A Princess is best achieved when cut from a deep stone, allowing the maximum weight retention and lowering the final cost per carat.

The weightier Princess is one of the most popular choices of cuts and is a valuable asset, as it is crafted so well that it instantly becomes a classic piece, impressive because of the caliber of cut for such an interesting and difficult shape.