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The Princess Cut – Not Just For Princesses

While many woman would agree that any diamond is a good diamond, there is a specific cut of diamond that has become increasingly popular over the years for many ladies, nameless unsuspecting brides. But what is the story behind the Princess Cut diamond? Why has it become so popular and what settings show of the true beauty of this particular cut?

The Princess Cut – History

This stunning diamond cut was created in the 1960's and is also known by jewelers as the "Quadrillion" cut diamond (this cut was also patented with the same name). The development of this new cut was based on both consumer and jeweler demand for a square diamond that offered more brilliance than the traditional step-cut square and emerald styles. Many jewelers are fond of this particular cut as it has the ability to retain weight from the original piece of rough (the gem in its raw form), therefore yields a higher value upon sale. Consumers have also responded well enough to this reliably new cut of diamond – the sleek, modern lines are what makes the Princess Cut increasingly popular.

Technical Specifications

While many women do not worry too much about the technical nature of a Princess Cut diamond, it is still important to understand the detail when planning to purchase a gem of this value. The easiest way to explain the shape of Princess Cut diamond is this – think of the diamond as an upside down pyramid. The top of the stone, also known as the crown, is the largest flat surface on the diamond. The point or cone of the diamond is the part of the gem that is usually hidden amongst the setting. The pyramid provides the foundation shape, but where the color and sparkle comes from is the 58 or so facets that allows the light to reflect through the diamond.

Settings to Show off the Princess Cut Diamond

There are a wide variety of cast and handmade settings available to show off the sheer beauty of this style diamond. Princess Cut diamonds are mostly seen in engagement rings and come in many sizes, commonly referred to in the industry as carats. The best settings to look for to truly enhance the diamond itself are ones that allows for the most light to enter both the top and underneath of the diamond. Many jewelers have different names for their own settings, so just by looking at the band you will immediately be able to compare the true difference based on each of the settings. To protect and care for the diamond, the best design to choose is one where the edges of the diamond are covered by either the claws or baguettes in the setting. This will prevent the diamond edges chipping as easily.

Source by Simon Middleton

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