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Princess Cut Diamonds

The princess cut is a square brilliant cut with sharp (un-cropped) corners. It is one of the most popular diamond shapes for engagement rings today. It was developed to fulfill the desire for a square-shaped stone with more brilliance than the traditional step-cut emeralds and squares.

The princess cut diamond has a history dating back about thirty years. It was originally developed in the 1970s, and patented as the Quadrillion diamond. The public has embraced this shape because of its clean, modern lines. It has also received a welcome reception among diamond cutters, as it has the highest yield from the diamond rough.

The princess cut diamond has about 76 facets. It is usually referred to as a "square modified brilliant" on lab reports and grading certificates.

Engagement ring styles that work well with princess cut diamonds are the solitaire setting, or a mounting with side stones. Trillions, and smaller princess cuts, are popular choices for side diamonds.

When shopping for your engagement ring, be sure to select a setting that protects the corners of your princess cut diamond. The corners of the stone are the most susceptible to chips.

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