The princess cut is currently the 2nd most popular shape after the round diamond. It was first introduced to the world in the 1960's by a man from London named Arpad Nagy. Back then, the princess cut was derived as a variation of another cutting style called the "profile cut".
A. Nagy wanted to create a cut that could make efficient use of rough stone with less wastage and one that could emulate the brilliance and fire of a brilliant cutting style. Over the course of a few years, leading cutters had poured in huge efforts in optical research to perfect the design and evolved it into what it is known as today as the square modified brilliant.
The Princess Cut's Route to Popularity
With a market that is over-saturated with rounds, the princess cut offers a unique looking option to women looking for an alternative fashion statement. The princess diamond is technically a mixed cut whereby both step and brilliant cutting styles are incorporated.
While the princess cut has light performance that can be comparable to the round brilliant, it costs significantly less! Due to its better yield from the rough stone, it would please you to know that the price-per-carat weight of a princess cut is the lowest amongst all the shapes.
What makes a princess cut truly unique is that a reflection that looks like a cross is observed when light passes through the diamond. Coupled with 4 pointed corners, superior brilliance and scintillation patterns, these reasons contribute to the appeal that women have for the shape.