When you are looking for a diamond, the "cut" refers to its shape. There are a variety of different cuts ranging from circular to square shapes. The cut is one of the diamond's primary attributes along with others such as clarity and weight. These are not always independent factors though. When you are shopping for a square cut or princess cut diamond, it's important to understand how those types of cuts might affect factors such as the clarity of the diamond.
The princess cut is a square cut diamond. According to Niceice.com, these diamond cuts are basically the same. But a princess cut diamond is not always perfectly square. Sometimes it can appear more rectangular than square. According to Bluenile.com, the length to width ratio is displayed as a decimal, such as 1.02, indicating that the length is slightly longer than the width.
The princess cut diamond is referred to as several different names according to Niceice.com. One of the names a jeweler may refer to the princess cut diamond is is the square-modified brilliant cut diamond.
The princess cut diamond is frequently less expensive than other diamonds, including the round brilliant cut. This is because the same diamond can be used to create two princess cut diamonds when it is cut, which can not be done for a round brilliant cut. The diamond after cutting is frequently only just over 60 percent of the original weight of the diamond before cutting, according to Niceice.com.
The crown height contributes to the brilliance of the diamond. Not every princess cut diamond is the same. The crown height is the height of the diamond from the base surrounding it. If it is too small of a height, the diamond lacks luster and looks relatively flat. Princess cut diamonds with higher crown heights may have a lighter weight than other cuts, as they are cut for height to increase the luster of the diamond, according to Niceice.com.