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A princess-cut diamond or gemstone is an iconic fancy cut of stone. They are square with pointed corners and were first introduced in the 1960s. They are very popular because they modernize any ring setting and create an edgy, but romantic look. Diamonds, typically have between 50 to 58 facets designed to have maximum fire and brilliance producing a dazzling appearance. A well-crafted princess-cut diamond will also maintain a ratio of approximately 1.0 to 1.05. These proportions will give a balanced look to the diamond, but also allow it to take in enough light to sparkle. The princess cut is also a flexible style that you can easily place in different settings. Common settings are solitaire with prongs to secure the corners or in a three-stone arrangement which is a perfect opportunity to also mix diamonds and other gemstones.
  • What's the difference between a diamond cut and a princess cut?

    A princess cut is a type of diamond cut. Other types of cuts used for diamonds are oval, marquise, radiant, emerald, round, heart, pear, cushion, and Asscher.

  • Why are princess-cut diamonds cheaper than round diamonds?

    Princess cut diamonds are typically cheaper than round cut diamonds because less material is wasted when a rough diamond is cut. Therefore, making them more affordable than round cuts.

  • What's the difference between a radiant cut and a princess cut diamond?

    The main differences between a radiant cut and a princess cut are their shape and edges. Although they may look the same when set in a ring, princess cuts can be described as squarer in shape whereas radiant cuts are more rectangular with a longer diagonal measurement. Princess cuts also have sharper corners, whereas the corners of a radiant cut are beveled. 

  • Does a princess cut diamond sparkle?

    Yes! When crafted well, a princess-cut diamond will effectively reflect light to produce a beautiful sparkle. They typically have around 58 facets and their wide table allows in a good amount of light to increase brilliance. 

  • Does a princess cut diamond look bigger than a round?

    Generally, a 1-carat princess cut diamond will look larger than a 1-carat round cut diamond. This is because of the proportions of the wider table alongside the narrower pavilion. This gives it the appearance of being larger. 

  • Are princess-cut diamonds fragile?

    A princess-cut diamond has considerably sharp corners, which may be more prone to chipping, especially if the diamond is of lower quality and has inclusions, as this weakens the diamond’s integrity. 

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