The princess cut engagement ring is the second most popular selected by brides and grooms alike, runner-up only to the round brilliant cut diamond engagement ring. This shape looks like an inverted pyramid from the side and there are four beveled sides with intact corners when viewed from above. This impressive diamond sits high atop any possible engagement ring setting, flaunting a high profile. Here are some of the other characteristics of this fine diamond when considering a “princess for your princess”.
A Tall, Regal Profile
To create the brilliance of the princess cut, much of the facet work is done on the pavilion or lower side of the stone. The look of this stone can be modified by adding additional chevrons (facet cuts) on the pavilion of the stone. Fewer chevrons will give you larger facets and the light scintillation (sparkle) moves more slowly. This facet work requires a great amount of space on the pavilion, or lower section of the diamond. Seen more easily in solitaires, the tall profile of this diamond is breathtaking.
The princess is a relatively new cut, created in the 1960s. Its square or rectangular shape and varied numbers of facets offer a sophisticated rectilinear look with varying degrees of brilliance. The brilliance and fire of this diamond match well with round brilliant accent stones or any of the modified brilliant stones, since the visual aspect of their brilliance is similar. For a similar shape, the trillion cut or trapezoid cut offers the geometric edges to compliment this cut. For more rounded accents, the round brilliant or pear shaped or oval cut diamond offer complimentary pleasing curves.
Value per Carat
From a rough stone to a finished princess, approximately 80% of the stone remains intact since the corners are not chipped away, like in the asscher or emerald cut. This makes the princess a favorite among jewelers and diamond cutters since much of the stone is retained as compared to a round brilliant, whereas approximately 50% of the rough crystal remains when polished. Since these diamonds retain more of the stone from the rough, their size per carat will look larger than other diamonds and the price is lower than cuts with greater loss in the finishing process.
The brilliant and versatile princess cut engagement ring offers the optical performance found in the fiery sparkle of a round brilliant cut diamond ring, but with a square or rectangular shape less the high price tag. These diamonds are beautiful in any engagement ring setting and are especially stunning as a solitaire. Be sure to review Mark Broumand’s impressive selection of carefully hand-selected princess cut engagement rings when considering only the best in fine jewelry.