The princess cut is a straight-edged cutting style that’s very popular in solitaire settings amongst couples. In terms of brilliance and fire, the princess cut has the capability to display the best light performance compared to any other fancy shapes.
However, the sad truth is that most of the princess diamonds found in today’s market are not cut ideally to their maximum potential but rather, cut to retain carat weight. As a result, the commonly found princess cuts have dull appearances, lack life and sparkle.
Today’s catch of the day recommendation reviews one of the rarest finds in a 1 carat princess cut diamond.
This diamond is one of the few princess cuts on the market today that is able to meet the AGS 0 cut standards for light performance. Did you know that more than 80% of the world’s princess cuts won’t even make it to an AGS cut grade of 2?
Yes, the majority of diamond are cut to terrible proportions and performance. In fact, it is estimated that only 2-3% of them would make the strict criteria for a 0 cut-grading. Before we delve deeper in light performance analysis, check out the specifications of today’s stone below…
|Shape: Square Modified Brilliant||Table %: 62.8|
|Grading Report: AGS||Depth %: 75.3|
|Carat: 1.058||Crown %: 13.9|
|Color: G||Crown Angle: 40.5|
|Clarity: VVS1||Star %: –|
|Measurements: 5.47 X 5.46 X 4.11||Pavilion Angle: 39.1|
|Lab Cut Grade: Ideal||Pavilion %: 57.5|
|Light Performance: Ideal||Culet: Pointed|
|Polish: Ideal||Fluorescence: Negligible|
|Symmetry: Ideal||Girdle: Thin Faceted|
Next, things get interesting when we review the scope analysis for the diamond’s optical performance.
Saturated reds in Idealscopes are great!
This Idealscope image shows a nice even red color which indicates a super bright diamond. The white and black portions indicate light leakage and contrast respectively. In this particular diamond, the blacks are nicely distributed throughout the entire diamond and creates a visually appealing stone that scintillates with an awesome contrast.
Superb light return indicated by ASET image
One of the issues most princess cuts have is that most do not scintillate well. Personally, I love diamonds that show more contrast (blues in ASET or blacks in idealscope). This will prevent the diamond from looking like a block of crushed ice on your finger.
Besides having a nice distribution of blacks in the ASET, today’s princess cut diamond has a nice edge to edge brightness in it. The reds on the ASET extend all the way to the 4 corners of the stone and it has TONS of red as compared to other ideal cut princess diamonds.
Comparison of 3 AGS 0 ideal cut princesses
See how today’s stone stand out in terms of light return from other top quality AGS 0 princess cut diamonds?
For a princess cut diamond that is sitting right at the pinnacle of cut and light performance, the tag on this 1 carat baby is only $8,085. While it is slightly more expensive than any other “unbranded” poorly cut princesses you might see on the market, one of the factors is largely due to more diamond waste during the cutting process to achieve superior cut grade.
Brian Gavin has once again showed us why his signature diamonds are top notch quality diamonds that are highly sought after. This is a stone I would highly recommend for maximum brilliance and sparkle.