The second most popular stone cut, right after the round brilliant, is the princess cut, referred to also as the Square Modified Brilliant. From above, it has a square or rectangular shape, and from the side view, it resembles an inverted pyramid. The cut was created in 1970s by Betazel Ambar and Israel Itzkovitz. Since then, princess cut stones were used for around 30% of all engagement rings.
Its delicate, feminine look and sparkle justify the name — a stone fit for a princess. The cut developed from the barion and quadrillion cuts and it usually has 58 or 76 facets arranged similarly like those in a round cut diamond.
The sides create more light dispersion than any other square shaped stone, which makes is that more popular for solitaire engagement rings. This shape is ideal for long fingers and can either be set horizontally as a square or vertically as a kite.
The straight edges allow the stones to be set side by side without any gaps between them — a useful feature for eternity wedding bands. Purchasing a bridal set is a lifetime decision, with which the bride should be completely satisfied. It comes down to her favorite shape and stone cut, and according to the numbers, you can’t miss with a brilliant or a princess cut stone. The round cut is a classic and traditional choice, while the princess cut offers a more modern look at a more affordable price.
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