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Diamond Cut

CUSHION DIAMOND CUT VS PRINCESS DIAMOND CUT:

Cushion Diamond Cut

A cushion cut diamond is a squared shape with rounded corners. The shape resembles a pillow and hence its name. About 200 years old, cushion cut retains its popularity.

Advantages:

  • If you’re looking for a halo setting, the cushion cut works especially well and is extremely popular. G-H-I color is good
  • Cushion cuts combine the energy of a round brilliant with the symmetry of a radiant cut.
  • Option to choose from crushed ice diamond cut (shattered glass) or antique cushion cut (chunky)
  • Cushion cut diamonds tend to be about 25% less expensive than their round cut

Look for:

  • Table width percentage between 55% - 65%
  • Depth percentage between 61%-68%
  • GIA or AGS grading report
  • Thick girdle and bezel setting

Disadvantage:

Slightly less sparkly than round cuts. Larger facets can show clarity inclusions so make sure to judge with your eye and examine the certificate’s diamond plot.

Princess Diamond Cut

The princess diamond cut is the second most popular. It is modern and contemporary.Princess stones are typically cut into a square shape.

Advantages:

  • Value for money, because the square shape of a princess cut is so similar to the natural shape of the rough diamond, very little is wasted while cutting the stone.
  • G-H-I color is good
  • Princess diamonds ref ract less light than round diamonds.
  • Princess diamonds are perfect for more complex ring designs such as channel, cushion princess settings, and elaborate vintage designs.
  • Available to choose f rom square and rectangular shape for personalisation.

Look for:

  • Table width percentage between 54%-60%
  • Depth percentage between 59%-63%
  • Crown angle between 33%-35%
  • Star length of 50%
  • Girdle of 2.5%-4%
  • Girdle thickness of thin to thick

Disadvantage:

  • While setting the princess cut diamond the prongs of the ring setting will hide a good portion of the table of the diamond.
  • The princess-cut tends to show slight color in its corners, so you will need to go for a higher color grade which will cost you slightly more money.
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