Princess Cut Engagement Rings – History Of A Star

Princess cut engagement rings are in very high demand. This hot cut has a short but compelling history and certainly seems like it plans to stick around at the top of every bride-to-be’s wish list.

Roughing It

It is hard to believe that princess cut engagement rings are less than fifty years old. The princess cut diamond evolved from several shapes that came before, but the reason for creating this brilliant form was to use diamond rough more efficiently.

A round brilliant cut diamonds loses about 50% of the rough or original diamond crystal. Diamond cutters are constantly striving to maximize the size of a diamond, balancing that with sparkle.

There was a major development in the 1970s. A diamond cutter named Henry Grossbard developed the Radiant, a patented rectangular brilliant cut that lost only 40% of the diamond rough. Shortly after, diamond cutters realized that a square version, could use the diamond rough even more efficiently, retaining all but 20% of the diamond crystal. Thus, the princess cut diamond was born.

What’s In A Name

Princess cut engagement rings come in a range of styles, some of them feature patented or registered princess cut diamonds. The first registered princess cut diamond was the Quadrillion®, introduced in 1981 by Ambar Diamonds Inc. This was a square brilliant cut with 49 facets, straight edges and sharp corners. The cut was extremely brilliant, rivaling a round brilliant cut diamond.

Princess Plus® was created in 2003 by EFD Diamonds Ltd. This unique princess cut features over 100 facets, making it arguably the brightest square brilliant on the market. FireMark™ princess cut engagement rings are also extremely brilliant. This unique take on the square brilliant features a patented pending double crown with a smaller table than most princess cut diamonds.

The Perfect Princess Cut

Of course, there is such thing as a “Perfect Princess Cut™”. Marketed by I Do Diamonds, the Perfect Princess Cut™ features 73 facets and was designed to meet the strict light performance guidelines of the American Gem Society. Princess cut engagement rings featuring this “perfect” stone, range from classic to contemporary with custom designs available.

Because there is no standard princess cut diamond, many designers like to put their own special twist on the beloved cut. The reasons for the variations are the same as when the cut was first created, to minimize lost rough while maximizing the finished size and light return of the diamond.

The Anatomy Of A Princess Cut

Princess cut engagement rings have the same basic anatomy. The princess cut diamond is square, or almost square, meaning it is not noticeably rectangular. In addition, the diamond should have four straight sides and four pointed corners. Variations with beveled corners are not considered true princess cuts.

Because of their sharp corners, many princess cut engagement rings have settings with V shaped prongs that protect the delicate points and enhance the shape. Princess cut diamonds look great as the center stone or as an enhancement for the mounting. Princess cut engagement rings are perfect for couples who appreciate symmetry and precision.

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