How do you combine elegance and subtle classiness with edginess and boldness? There are plenty of ways to do that. Skydive in an evening dress? Go bungee jumping with your designer purse and shoes? Well, these certainly seem like viable options but I was thinking of something slightly different. How about when you are choosing a diamond for yourself or your significant other?
Although the round cut is quite popular, the princess cut provides a courageous statement with almost the same brightness round cuts provide. The princess cut is considered to be more modern, reflecting desired personality characteristics of change and modernity rather than steel taste for classics. Although the squared/rectangular shape of the princess cut might provide slightly less light reflection than the classic round, modern laser cutting tool can alter the facets in a way that reflects just as much light as the round ones.
Because princess cuts are square shaped, they don’t create much waste in the cutting as the round one do. This, consequently make them slightly cheaper than the round cut diamonds. However, the margin of error in a princess cut is higher, so it is always a better idea to look for a certified standardized cut, which will ensure better quality of the cut. Some diamond experts recommend that in the case of restricted budgets, quality of the cut should prioritised to size, weight, or colour for example. Moreover, the same cut will have different grades across different vendors, and the same applies to certificates, which can have dramatic downsides. A brilliant cut might give similar results in terms of light reflection to those of round ones. One aspect that might be a confusing choice, especially if you are buying for someone as a surprise and cannot ask for their preference, is the length width ratio. While the princess cut is typically squared with equal length and width, some princess cuts come in the form of rectangle, where two sides are slightly longer than the other two. This comes down to purely personal preference, and to what sitting you are planning to buy for the loose princess cut diamond.
The final part to consider should a princess cut become your loose diamond of choice is the greater picture where the diamond will fit. It is highly recommended that the four corners of the princess be fitted with protective pieces as this will protect them from chips. Further, these corners tend to be the weakest point of a diamond and ones where any natural flaw will show first. Last but not least, will you buy two small diamonds to fit on the ring as is traditionally the taste with princess cuts or do you want to revolt?