After the round brilliant cut, the princess cut diamond is the most popular when it comes to diamond cuts and shapes. The princess cut was unveiled in the early 1960s and has been gaining in popularity ever since.
Princess cut diamonds are not only popular with the everyday consumer, they are also a favored diamond cut amongst gemologists and expert gemstone cutters, largely due to the fact that, similar to the round cut, the princess cut wastes very little of the diamond's original rough matter. As such, princess cut allows the diamond cutter to get more out of the diamond, and to cut larger carat diamonds without having to compromise on the diamond's overall quality.
The princess cut falls under the 'modified brilliant' category (which also includes the oval, the marquise and the trillion cut)since it is an modification of the traditional round brilliant cut. Although the princess cut was fashioned from the round brilliant cut, it does not display the same overall shape. A princess cut diamond is rectangular or square shaped, and retains all of its four corners, which are rounded off in a round brilliant diamond. As such, a princess cut diamond will have the same width as a round cut diamond, but its total carat weight will be higher. Consequently, princess cut diamonds are considered to be more affordable than round cut diamonds of the same Carat Weight, since the princess cut diamond maintains most of its original rough crystal matter, while keeping with the characteristic dimensions of a round brilliant diamond.
Its relative affordability is just one of the reasons for the princess cut's staggering popularity. The princess cut diamond's unique aesthetics, its stunning brilliance and its overall beauty make this diamond cut a preferred choice when it comes to Fine Jewelry pieces.
Princess cut diamonds are frequently found in Diamond Engagement Rings. Princess cut diamond engagement rings are trendy and chic, striking and elegant. Princess cut diamonds are commonly set as center stones since these diamonds are so alluring, and since they have such a strong pretense. A solitaire princess cut diamond engagement ring has a certain sophisticated look to it, which many consumers find to be very appealing. Still, a more glamorous, glitzy look can be achieved by setting stunning baguette diamonds or oval shaped diamonds as accent stones alongside the princess cut diamond center stone.