Princess Cut Engagement Rings
The origins of this square cut diamond engagement ring (princess cut engagement rings) comes from London England in 1961. It’s architect being Apard Nagy. Although this is true, Nagy’s cut is not the only one that was patented in 1971, this honor (or quick thinking) goes to Basil Watermeyer who patented his cut, which varies from Nagy’s flatter cut (Click Here to get your free Ring Sizer PDF).
Princess cut engagement rings have increasingly become one of the favorites over time. It was first patented in 1971. Which is evidence of this engagement rings distinct cut.
Nagy’s cut was called the “profile cut”,and was made popular by Ygal Perlman, Betzalel Ambar, and Israel Itzkowitz in Israel during 1979. It was very similar to Nagy’s “profile cut” with only 49 facets, where as the original profile cut had 58 facets.
It later got the name “Quadrillion” and was sold and distributed by Ambar Diamonds in Los Angeles.
Basil Watermeyer called his version of the princess cut the “Barion cut”, which has been protected by a number of different patents.
The Princess cut was also patented as the Quadrillion diamond cut in 1970.
These patents restricted the sale of this diamond shape cut, fortunately today many of the patents that were registered in the past have expired, giving way to more individual creativity.
The Barion shaped cut has now been renamed the “Princess cut”. This cut is synonymous with the diamond engagement ring and has taken the ring market by absolute storm.
Other Names The Princess Cut Goes By:
- Profile cut.
- square modified brilliant.
The Princess Cut Diamonds
It’s impossible to not be wowed by the square brilliant cut of the princess. It has a sharp cut with un-cropped corners. It’s easy to see it’s popularity as an engagement ring. Its cut is specifically tailored to the square shape stone. This means it has a better brilliance in appearance than the traditional step-cut emeralds and squares.
The Princess Engagement Ring Appeal
The clean modern look of this square cut gives it an immediate public appeal. Diamond cutters are also impressed with the cut because it benefits the diamond by giving it one of its highest yields when cut this way from a rough start.
Princess Cut Diamond Details
This diamond cut has a multi faceted appeal which form 49 to 73 reflection inspiring profiles to choose from. In diamond laboratory reports and grading certificates the cut has been referred to as “square modified brilliant”.
The overall shape of the princess is square or rectangular. When you look at it from the side it is similar to that of an inverted pyramid and you will notice it has four beveled sides.
Its looks differ from the round cut diamond, where the top of the diamond i.e. the crown, is cut so it’s looks are round when looking at it face up and the bottom of it the i.e.the pavilion has a con shape.
Princess cut engagement rings with the same width as round diamond rings, will generally weigh more, because they have corners that a round diamond cut does not. This means you get more for what you paid for, which can only be a good thing.
The Best Princess Cut Ring Settings
The styles that compliment the princess cut well are:
- The solitaire setting
- Mounting with side stone.
For side diamonds, smaller princess cuts and trillions are popularly choices.
The Popularity Of The Princess Cut
The most popular diamond cut is the round diamond shape (Only where sales are concerned). The Princess cut is undoubtedly second. The round diamond cut has traditionally been around much longer than the Princess also.
Benefits of The Princess Cut Ring
The great thing about choosing a princess cut engagement ring is that you wont have to pay as much as a round cut, even though it is just as beautiful and is no way second rate.
The Princess keeps 80% of the rough diamond compared to the round cut that keeps only 50%. The retention of crystal weight makes the princes cut popular too, amongst all good diamond cutters.
There is no loss of distinct brilliance, the light return of the princess cut is just as good as that which you get from a round cut.
To get more ideas about the princess cut, that you may be looking for you can take a look at the rest of our articles, particular the 4 C’s. This is an important guide that shows you how to choose the right diamond, a must read for anybody buying a diamond ring.
Other consideration that are worth looking into is your budget and how the specific princess cut that you want to buy is going to cost you.