Recently, international media reported that Itzkovitz, a diamond cutter involved in the creation of the princess cut, passed away on February 28th.
This well-known diamond cutter who has worked for jewelers such as De Beers, Tiffany, and Graff has created many brilliant achievements in his lifelong diamond career, among which the birth of the princess cut has given diamonds At the same time of fire, it also has a surprisingly modern geometric silhouette, becoming one of the most popular fancy cuts besides the round brilliant cut.
The Birth of the Princess Cut
There is a romantic story behind the birth of many fancy-cut diamonds. For example, in the 18th century, King Louis XV of France fell in love with Jeanne Antoinette at a ball in the Palace of Versailles at first sight, so he commissioned a jeweler to create a similar diamond based on her lips. This birth!
Others (drills) have it, and the princess cut must also have it~
There is also a beautiful legend behind the birth of the princess cut. It is said that when the Belgian king married his beloved daughter, he specially created a unique and mysterious square diamond for the princess. The four corners represent love, love, cherish and love, and the flickering light symbolizes the flame of happiness. Since then, this diamond cut has been handed down, known as the princess cut (the princess cut), because it is square, it is referred to as the princess square for short.
Hearing the word princess, it is easy for everyone to have the long-standing hallucination of the princess. In fact, this cutting method only appeared in the last century~
In 1961, a London diamond cutter cut the first square diamond with 58 facets; in 1971, a South African diamond cutter and his wife invented the "Barion Cut" cut with 81 facets; until In 1979, Izkovic, a talented Israeli cutter who started cutting and polishing diamonds at the age of 14, jointly invented the square brilliant cutting method with 49 facets— - "Quadrillion", and patented, this is the predecessor of Princess Fang.
The Quadrillion caught everyone's attention when it was introduced, the brilliant facets of this cut minimize light leakage and allow the gemstone to reflect the maximum amount of light from the pavilion, creating a star-like effect.
On this basis, the cutters subsequently increased the princess cut to 57 or 76 facets from the original 49 basic faces, forming the modern princess cut we see today. GIA grading reports describe princess cut diamonds as square modified brilliants, as opposed to the step-cut facet arrangement of other square diamonds (eg Asscher).
The shape of a princess cut diamond is like an inverted pyramid. It is not absolutely square when viewed from the front, and some are slightly rectangular, but the ratio of length to width should not exceed 1:1.25.
The dazzling appearance of the princess square combined with clean lines and right-angled silhouettes is eye-catching and popular in markets all over the world.
The Characteristics of the Princess Cut
1 more affordable than round
When cutting diamonds as rough stones, round diamonds waste more rough stones, usually about 40% to 60% of the rough stones are lost, while princess cut diamonds usually only lose about 10% to 20% of the rough stones. This means that cutting a 1-carat rough can only produce a round diamond weighing 40-60 cents, or a princess cut diamond weighing 80-90 cents.
That is to say, in the case of the same diamond quality, with the same money, you can buy a princess-cut diamond that is much heavier than a round diamond; if it is the same weight, a princess-cut diamond will be much cheaper than a round diamond. The price is only about 70% of the round diamond.
2 fire color
While weight is one of the most important considerations when buying a diamond, fire color is its most coveted beauty. Only a big and beautiful diamond can make consumers feel excited.
The fire color of a diamond is when white light hits the facets of a diamond and disperses into a rainbow of colors that radiate like radiance as it spins.
Another advantage of the princess cut is that it has very good fire color compared to many, many other cuts. In a well-cut princess cut diamond, the facets are the ideal triangle or kite shape, allowing light to reflect inside the diamond, and the fire color is comparable to that of a round diamond.
3 hidden inclusions
Because the fire of princess cut diamonds is very shining, some small white or transparent inclusions inside can be hidden from the naked eye to a certain extent. For example, princess cut diamonds with SI1 clarity grade can basically be clean to the naked eye. Of course, fire is not a panacea, such as black spots or dark inclusions, will still be exposed to sight.
Simply understand, if you meet a reliable and professional jeweler, consumers can spend less money to buy a princess cut diamond that actually has low clarity but looks clean.
Three precautions for princess cut diamonds
Although Princess Fang has so many wonderful features above: cheap, elegant, flashy, and looks clean, the name Princess has somewhat delicate connotations. Therefore, before buying a princess cut diamond, you need to pay attention to the following points:
1 avoid knocking
The four corners of the princess-cut diamond are very sharp. If it collides with other objects vigorously, it will scratch furniture, clothing, skin, etc., and it may also cause damage to the sharp corners of the diamond due to an inch of force.
Therefore, under normal circumstances, when setting a princess cut diamond, a four-prong or bezel setting style is used to protect its sharp corners. If you choose the princess party, you must always check the firmness of the jewelry inlay.
Under the same color standard, princess cuts and other fancy cuts are more intense in color than round cuts, which simply means that they are more "color-gathering". Taking colorless diamonds as an example, when consumers observe H-color diamonds, they may not be able to perceive the obvious yellow tone of round diamonds with the naked eye, but princess cut diamonds may be slightly more obvious.
This has advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that if it is a princess cut diamond, its color will look more intense; the disadvantage is that if you want a princess cut colorless diamond that does not look yellow, at least its color must be in the H color or above, if the diamond is more than 1 carat, then the color standard is recommended to be upgraded to G color.
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