Princess cut is the second most popular diamond cut after round brilliant. Also known as a Square Modified Brilliant, the princess cut is more brilliant and sparkly than other square or square octagonal diamonds.
A relatively new diamond, the princess cut was first created in the early 1960s by London diamond cutter Aprad Nagy, then the cut was known as the “Profile Cut”, however the cut was much flatter and not what we currently see today. The cut’s potential was then realised by another diamond cutter from Johannesburg called Basil Watermeyer, who in the early 1970s developed the “Barion Cut”, which was square shaped or square-octagonal.The Barion Cut was eventually renamed as Princess cut.
The princess cut is favoured by those who wanted a contemporary diamond engagement ring but with the same brilliance and sparkle as the round. Even though a four claw round brilliant diamond ring set in the corners gives an illusion of a princess from the distance, it doesn’t have the same edge and modern touch as the princess cut. It is less expensive than the round brilliant because it allows very high yield from its rough state.
Although princess cut is durable, extra care must be taken due to the pointed corners. However, the corners are protected using prongs to cover them from chips and accidental knocks. If you prefer an alternative style of setting than a halo setting surrounded by round brilliant micro-pave diamonds looks stunning with a modern-vintage combination. The bezel setting is also a potential option, where the metal completely surrounds the metal leaving no gaps, protecting the diamond in the center. It provides added protection and ideal for sporty types. Another alternative is the tension setting where the princess cut is held by a metal bar either side and appears to float when viewed from the side. However, tension setting is extremely vulnerable to knocks so extra care must be taken when choosing this unique design.
A solitaire princess cut diamond engagement ring look chic and striking on its own. If you wanted a more glamorous style you could choose a trilogy of diamonds with smaller princess cut either sides. Or you could go for channel, micro-pave, or claw set on the shoulders.
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