The princess diamond is a fancy diamond with delineated sides and pointed edges. The diamond can be found in both square and rectangular shapes depending on the length to width ratio of the individual princess diamonds. A square princess diamond will have length to width ratio of 1.0 – 1.05. While a rectangular princess diamond will have length to width ratio of 1.10 and above.
The princess cut diamond is considered to be a part of the group of brilliant diamonds. With a total facet number of 58, the deep cut of this diamond actually enhances the diamond’s light performance. Modern princess cut diamonds
are even more brilliant as they have been modified to have an increased number of facets, as high as 76, making them more brilliant diamonds. These facets are created to maximize the brilliance and sparkle of this diamond. The facets of this diamond are arranged in a neat and orderly pattern, allowing the diamond to reflect light back in a very organized manner.
It is important to pay attention to the setting of this diamond. If you are buying the princess diamond, you must place it in a setting that protects the 5 edges of the diamond. It is important to cover these edges because they are the part of the diamond that is most prone to housing inclusions and impurities in the diamond. This is due to the fact that it is the part of the diamond that is closest to earth in the unrefined stone, so the likelihood of finding different types of inclusions is high in those parts of the diamond. Secondly, the fact that they are pointed makes them prone to chipping. This, in itself, is another flaw in the diamond. One that you should look to avoid at all cost. So the best option is to settle for a 4 prong setting that will not only cover the edges but also protect all the 4 edges.
Color is not usually very obvious in the princess diamond because of their ability to hide colors in them. The impressive diamond brilliance usually masks color in the diamond allowing you to go further down the color scale and save some money. Depending on your preferred setting, you can go further down. Yellow or rose gold setting allows you to go as far as grade K while platinum or white gold setting allows you to buy grade I.