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About the Princess Diamond Cut

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The princess diamond cut was introduced in the early 1980s by jewelers Betzalel Ambar and Israel Itzkowitz in Los Angeles. The Ambar Company was considered a revolutionary at the time for this cut, which now is incredibly popular.

As a square, with the occasional rectangle, it looks best on longer, slender fingers, balancing them because of its square shape. The untrimmed corners allow for cutting along the diamonds natural shape instead of a jeweler making purposeful cuts, making it easier to cut when necessary. One of the cheaper, more popular non-round diamond cuts for bridal jewelry, it still manages to refract the light and brilliance. A princess cut is manufactured by the jeweler in such a way so that it will not lose carat weight as it is cut, utilizing the rough stone. It also requires more depth: up to 70% more than other diamond cuts.

The princess diamond cut requires a four prong setting to provide more support and security for the corners to prevent chipping. It can be placed as a solitary diamond and with accents, acting as a center piece for other precious stones, ideally three or more.

However, there are very few regulations for a perfect princess cut because a jeweler will cut it as a fancy diamond cut to decrease the amount of diamond that is lost in the process as well as what will make the most attractive diamonds, particularly for bridal jewelry. If it follows the natural line, and the proportions are generally right, then it will be a princess diamond cut. It can also have a range of carats. There is certain flexibility in the parameters, as opposed to different cuts of diamonds.

A princess diamond cut hides imperfections better than other diamond cuts. However, clarity is still very important, so it is best to get a colorless or near colorless diamond. Any color will be more visible at the corners. A princess diamond cut results in cleaner diamond crystals, leading to a greater clarity in a greater amount of diamonds cut. The corners are vulnerable and prone to chipping, so it is best to let an experienced jeweler set the diamond or buy one that is already set in bridal jewelry.