If you were to ask Women "What's the name of the Square Cut Diamond?
" 99.9% of all of them would answer "Princess Cut!
Very good! (Men's answers would be all across the board "Princess Cut" "Emerald Cut" "Square Cut"...) But Women, Women know their Cuts of Diamond. (Except that .01%)
Women know Princess Cuts are Square. No problem. But are they right?
Not really! (Sorry Ladies!)
Princess Cuts are NOT Square
They aren't! If you look at a Princess Cut Diamond, almost all of them have one side that's longer than the other. They're usually longer or more Rectangular than they are Square. Granted, sometimes they are close enough in millimeter that you can't tell, but check it out the next time you're in a Jewelry Store, you'll see. They're not Square!
Now this longer side could be only longer by a few mm (millimeters), or it could be as obvious as double the length (Looking more like a true Rectangle - see Picture!). It all depends on the actual stone in question...
Every Princess Cut is different
When Princess Cuts first came out in the 1980's, it seems to me like they were all pretty Square (ish). I'm sure they weren't, I just didn't notice them as much. I do now! I love Princess Cuts. Squares, Rectangles, everything in between... Doesn't matter, any shape is fine by me.
A quick way to tell if a particular Princess Cut is actually Square or not, would be to look at the Diamond Certificate. (That's assuming your Princess Cut is Certified - Which I'm hoping it is!)
On a Diamond Report (This one being G.I.A. Certified), under the area titled "Shape and Cutting Style" you'll see the Princess Cut listed not as "Princess Cut", but actually as a "Square Modified Brilliant".
Which is very interesting indeed. It's not even called a "Princess Cut". How awkward would it be to go into a Jeweler and say "I'm looking for a Square Modified Brilliant Cut Diamond", they would just stare at you in awe. Ha! It would be pretty funny.
Square Modified Brilliant
Princess Cuts are named "Square Modified Brilliant" because they have the Brilliance and Cutting Style of a Brilliant Cut Diamond applied to a Square Cut. Neat eh? (The name Princess was given to this Cut because it was developed by a name named Joseph Princess.)
But the thing that I want you to look at the most on the Diamond Report is the measurements listed under, well, Measurements! Here is where they'll list the exact measurements of your Diamond. For example:
In this example, you see that the measurements of this Princess Cut Diamond are 7.04 x 6.62 x 4.81 mm (4.81 is the Depth of the stone). See, it's not Square! (Square would be 7.04 x 7.04 mm)
So the real question is:
Why aren't Princess Cuts Square?
Here's the answer... Because Princess Cuts are a Cutting Style and not an actual shape! (Even though it is listed under SHAPE and Cutting Style - Go figure!)
The Princess Cut is defined by a couple of things:
The 90 Degree Angled Corners
The Wide Pavilion
The Narrow Crown
The Narrow Corners
The Brilliance of light that reflects from the stone
The 4 Pointed Star in the center of the Diamond
These things are all caused by the Cutting Style.
Below is a Diagram of the actual Facets (Usually 50-58 Facets) of a Princess Cut Diamond. Do note that this Diagram which appears on every Diamond Report is always Square in shape no matter if your Diamond is Square or not. It just shows you what the Cuts are supposed to be, not the actual Proportions of your stone!
See the Star?
It's cool! It makes the Princess Cut Diamond stand out in a crowd.
The shape of the Princess Cut Diamond can vary depending on how the Diamond Cutter cuts the rough rock. It's all to maximize profits. That's why some Diamonds appear Square and others appear Rectangular.
What's funny about Princess Cuts is that women get so particular about them. Some women only want Square ones. Others love the Rectangular Cuts and won't look at anything else. No matter what though, Princess Cuts have made a huge leap in the Square and Rectangular category. They blew away both Emerald Cut Diamonds and Radiant Cuts and left them all in the dust. Princess Cuts have come such a long way in such a short amount of time that they now reside in the #2 spot for favorite Cut of Diamond (Brilliant Cut being the #1).
All in all, Princess Cuts look great. They have tons of Sparkle, Brilliance and Fire. And they look HUGE for their Carat Weight (1 Carat looks more like a 1.50 ct) and Women love them! (What else would you get for your little Princess?)
So the only question left is: What's your Princess Cut going to be?
Square or Rectangle?
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