Princess Cut Diamond Shape
The Essential 7C's
Every diamond has its own story, and every lady her own style.
At this point it should be noted that the shape of a diamond
can also be referred to as its “cut”, like a round or princess cut.
However, this should not be confused with the more commonly used term of
diamond cut, which describes how well the diamond has been polished
from the raw material (see section on diamond cut).
At Seventy Seven Diamonds we cater to the detailed wishes of
every customer and want to ensure that they are well-informed about
every diamond shape available. Our selection of beautiful shapes is
accompanied by detailed information, images and recommendations on the
uniqueness, the history and background, and the ideal ratio of
Princess Cut Diamonds
1. The Basics | 2. Features | 3. Expert Advice | 4. History
1. The Basics
Also referred to as: SQUARE - OR RECTANGULAR MODIFIED BRILLIANT
|Contemporary square cut, most brilliant of all square shapes.
||Usually 57 or 76
||1.00-1.05 (square) > 1.05 (rectangular)
||1970's, developed from barion & quadrillion cuts.
||Ideal for long fingers and eternity bands.
The Princess cut is the square version of the brilliant round
cut usually comprised of either 57 or 76 facets with a typical ratio of
1.0 to 1.05.
Its pyramidal shape with four bevelled sides creates more
light dispersion than any other square shaped diamond, making it popular
for both solitaire engagement rings and earrings.
As it is a patented cut, it may be referred to as a Square
Modified Brilliant on a laboratory certificate (eg. GIA or AGS), or a
Rectangular Modified Brilliant if it has a ratio greater than 1.05.
3. Expert Advice
“Because of its extra facets, the Princess cut can
disperse more light through the stone, this serves to hide inclusions
more efficiently, making it the most brilliant of all square- and
rectangular-shaped stones. It is also a popular cut for wedding bands
because the stones can be arranged side by side without any gaps, making
it ideal for an eternity band too. Furthermore, due to its sharply
squared corners, the Princess is an ideal cut for long fingers.”
4. History & Background
The name "Princess Cut" was originally used in connection with
another diamond cut known as the "Profile" cut, which was designed by
London cutter Arpad Nagy in 1961. The same name was later used and made
popular by Ygal Perlman, Betzalel Ambar, and Israel Itzkowitz in Israel,
who in 1979 created the Princess cut (or Square Modified Brilliant) as
it is known today.
Other precursors of the Princess cut include the Barion – a
square cut with rounded corners created in 1971 by South African cutter
Basil Watermeyer, and the Quadrillion – a similar cut with only 49
facets, also created by Perlman, Ambar and Itzkowitz and initially
distributed by Ambar Diamonds in Los Angeles. Following several years of
optical research, the modern Princess cut was created – a square stone
of 58 facets arranged similarly to those of a round brilliant cut
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