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Monday 22 April 2013

Fit for Everyday Royalty – The Gorgeous Princess Cut Diamond

Also known as the square modified brilliant cut, princess cut diamonds are among the most popular shapes out there today. Most diamond lovers have a pair of gorgeous shimmering princess cut diamond earrings or a princess cut solitaire pendant just nestled in their jewellery box waiting to be worn time and time again. What makes this kind of cut so alluring and so very, very beloved?

The princess cut was developed in the 1960s and its timeless elegance hasn’t dulled since. When looked at head on a princess cut diamond is normally in a square or rectangular shape. From the sides it looks like an inverted pyramid. It is also similar shaped to that of one half of a octahedron and is usually cut from a stone of that original shape. This usually means that you can get two perfectly halved and similar shaped princess cut diamonds from one octahedron shaped stone, wasting very little of the original diamond as compared to many other cuts. It also makes for a perfectly symmetrical pair of princess cut diamond earrings or two matching stones for a ring setting.

Jewellers love the princess cut because its unique shape makes it easier to place in any kind of setting. This makes these diamonds extremely popular choices for engagement rings and wedding bands, since they can be fit beautifully in almost any design. The only criteria is that a princess cut diamond has to be placed in a four pronged setting, with the prongs placed in its four corners. This kind of setting also helps camouflage any colour variation, natural inclusions and the like that may be visible at the more vulnerable corners. It also protects the beautiful stone from chipping over time.

Princess cut diamonds are also the most brilliant following the round brilliant cut gems. They have a beautiful fire and reflect light in a very eye catching manner. This makes princess cut diamond earrings and engagement rings so very popular, since they draw the eye to exactly where you want them to, all the while giving out a beautiful radiance. They also definitely reflect more light than other square diamond cuts like the Asscher and emerald cut stones.

When purchasing princess cut diamond earrings or any other jewellery for that matter, the same cornerstone principles of diamond shopping should come into play , namely the 4Cs – carat, cut, clarity and colour. Your carat weight of course depends on the size of the stone you desire and the budget you have. This cut of kind looks beautiful in coloured diamonds as well, but colourless white princess cut jewellery is definitely one of the more popular choices. Of course among the colourless gems you will find different colour and clarity grades from the pristine flawless stones to those that have natural inclusions and a slight colour. One of the best parts of the princess cut diamond is that it is very forgiving of naturally occurring 'flaws' compared to some other cuts, especially when viewed with just the naked eye.

Whether it is a pair of princess cut diamond earrings, a necklace or a gorgeous ring you are lusting for, make sure you purchase a certified gemstone. Fit for a princess indeed!

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