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#JOTW Finally, my PrinceCut (scissor cut) in its platinum art deco style french cut ruby and diamond halo ring

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I have always been drawn to diamonds with more unusual facet pattern arrangements, and I especially love the "scissor cut" look that some of the branded diamonds that emerged in the last 20 years show. So I have been on the lookout for my perfect scissor cut syle diamond for a good few years. Many of these are very pricey to buy new (crisscuts, Ashoka's to name a couple) and not all of them are excellent examples of their type either.

So I have been scouring the secondary market and looking for the occasional loose diamond that crops up on sites such as BN and JA as well. I have discovered that looking for one of these specialist cuts using the usual PS cut parameters does not work very well, and even great ASET images do not always predict optimal performance (if ASET images are even available). There were various false starts along the way including a Victorian Cut with great facet patterns but a leaky pavilion, and an unbranded scissor cut with a great ASET but light performance that was either all "on" or all "off" and a feather breaching the girdle.

My criteria for this stone were very onerous and, given that I was only fishing in a small pond anyway, got me wondering if I was ever going to find my perfect stone :wall:

It needed to face up white (H + but preferably F), be eye clean, be at least a carat, face up well size-wise for the carat weight, be GIA certified, have excellent contrast patterns to really appreciate the scissor facet pattern, have minimal leakage (dispersed across the stone rather than focussed in one area creating a dull area under the table - my pet peeve :eek-2:!) and finally it needed to knock my socks off in a way that a really well cut generic emerald or radiant could not.

Finally I found this Prince Cut for a steal on ebay, languishing in a clunky, poorly fitting setting, and snapped it up. There was no information like ASET or other light performance data, only the GIA report accompanying the centre diamond. I wasn't a fan of the setting but the Prince Cut just had so much appeal visually based on the vendors photos and videos that I snapped it up.

I believe that some Prince Cuts are still being cut currently, although they do not seem to be widely available. To me they look like a cross between an Ashoka and a Crisscut. Here is how the GIA shows Prince Cuts in their plot diagrams:

1607885543517.jpeg

Here are the specs of my Prince Cut:
1.10 cts F VS2
Table: 74% depth 66.8% Girdle: thick
6.67 x 5.14 x 3.44mm

Here is what it looked like when it arrived:

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Here is the ASET image I took with my own handheld ASET viewer and back-lit tray:

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It was way too small to fit my finger so I couldn't even wear it whilst I considered how to re-set it. I decided it would be great to be able to re-use the trapezoids from the existing setting since they were F VS2's perfectly matched to the centre diamond.

And this was the result:

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And the story should have ended there except........

Whilst I really loved how the trapezoids complemented the centre diamond, and the clean lines of the platinum setting, I kept finding that it just didnt have the presence on my finger to give me the "wow factor":

1607889555842.png

I started thinking about a halo to maximise finger coverage. I have always loved art deco style coloured stone halos, and decided that the warmth of rubies would contrast nicely with the F colour of the diamond, and that french cut rubies might highlight the elonagted kite shaped facet pattern of the PrinceCut.

So, months later, here is my new ring. I really think the new setting makes it pop :kiss2:

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And here is a video:

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Kim N

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Oh, it is gorgeous! I particularly love the shade of the rubies, and the setting highlights the diamond so well.
 

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Wow, what a journey, with an absolutely delightful final destination. I've always loved ruby and sapphire halos, and the one you had made for your incredibly beautiful and unique diamond really does compliment it so well.
 

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Oh, it is gorgeous! I particularly love the shade of the rubies, and the setting highlights the diamond so well.
Thank you. Its weird but the ruby halo actually seems to make the diamond look whiter than it did when it was set with the trapezoid side stones.
Wow, what a journey, with an absolutely delightful final destination. I've always loved ruby and sapphire halos, and the one you had made for your incredibly beautiful and unique diamond really does compliment it so well.

Thank you, yes, it has been a bit of a journey :D
 

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HI:

These stories are always the best.

What did you do with the old setting?

cheers--Sharon

I haven't decided on that yet, probably a coloured stone of some sort. I was wondering whether to try to sell it on as semi mount, but it is a bit limited in terms of the size and shape of centre stone that would fit.
 

nala

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Omg! This is truly amazing! What a vision you had! That stone can rock any setting and I love it in all of them but you took it to the next level and yes —the elongated look plus the rubies makes it such a statement piece! Congrats!
 

ItsMainelyYou

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I don't think I've ever seen an actual prince cut before!
So cool. Thanks for the video so we can see it in action.
I love what you decided to do :love: :love: :love:
 

LLJsmom

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Great eye!!! Love the cut. so cool and interesting. And that ruby halo makes the facets pop! Love it and congratulations!
 

dk168

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It's unique and beautiful, thanks for sharing.

DK :kiss2: :kiss2: :kiss2:
 

derbygal

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Oh, I am just in love with your ring. I have always wanted an Ashoka or Crisscut. You have renewed my love of those cuts. The rubies are perfect!!!!
 

astaeria

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I have always been drawn to diamonds with more unusual facet pattern arrangements, and I especially love the "scissor cut" look that some of the branded diamonds that emerged in the last 20 years show. So I have been on the lookout for my perfect scissor cut syle diamond for a good few years. Many of these are very pricey to buy new (crisscuts, Ashoka's to name a couple) and not all of them are excellent examples of their type either.

So I have been scouring the secondary market and looking for the occasional loose diamond that crops up on sites such as BN and JA as well. I have discovered that looking for one of these specialist cuts using the usual PS cut parameters does not work very well, and even great ASET images do not always predict optimal performance (if ASET images are even available). There were various false starts along the way including a Victorian Cut with great facet patterns but a leaky pavilion, and an unbranded scissor cut with a great ASET but light performance that was either all "on" or all "off" and a feather breaching the girdle.

My criteria for this stone were very onerous and, given that I was only fishing in a small pond anyway, got me wondering if I was ever going to find my perfect stone :wall:

It needed to face up white (H + but preferably F), be eye clean, be at least a carat, face up well size-wise for the carat weight, be GIA certified, have excellent contrast patterns to really appreciate the scissor facet pattern, have minimal leakage (dispersed across the stone rather than focussed in one area creating a dull area under the table - my pet peeve :eek-2:!) and finally it needed to knock my socks off in a way that a really well cut generic emerald or radiant could not.

Finally I found this Prince Cut for a steal on ebay, languishing in a clunky, poorly fitting setting, and snapped it up. There was no information like ASET or other light performance data, only the GIA report accompanying the centre diamond. I wasn't a fan of the setting but the Prince Cut just had so much appeal visually based on the vendors photos and videos that I snapped it up.

I believe that some Prince Cuts are still being cut currently, although they do not seem to be widely available. To me they look like a cross between an Ashoka and a Crisscut. Here is how the GIA shows Prince Cuts in their plot diagrams:

1607885543517.jpeg

Here are the specs of my Prince Cut:
1.10 cts F VS2
Table: 74% depth 66.8% Girdle: thick
6.67 x 5.14 x 3.44mm

Here is what it looked like when it arrived:

1607884858826.png 1607884891989.png

Here is the ASET image I took with my own handheld ASET viewer and back-lit tray:

1607885237774.png

It was way too small to fit my finger so I couldn't even wear it whilst I considered how to re-set it. I decided it would be great to be able to re-use the trapezoids from the existing setting since they were F VS2's perfectly matched to the centre diamond.

And this was the result:

1607889328483.png 1607889359036.png

And the story should have ended there except........

Whilst I really loved how the trapezoids complemented the centre diamond, and the clean lines of the platinum setting, I kept finding that it just didnt have the presence on my finger to give me the "wow factor":

1607889555842.png

I started thinking about a halo to maximise finger coverage. I have always loved art deco style coloured stone halos, and decided that the warmth of rubies would contrast nicely with the F colour of the diamond, and that french cut rubies might highlight the elonagted kite shaped facet pattern of the PrinceCut.

So, months later, here is my new ring. I really think the new setting makes it pop :kiss2:

1607889956458.jpeg 1607890137955.jpeg

1607890184719.jpeg 1607890636576.jpeg
1607890679826.jpeg

And here is a video:

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" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

This is such a beautifully made ring, and I’m head over heels with the design and the way the red complements the diamond so well!!
 

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So beautiful! I love the cut of the stone and your setting idea to maximize size was perfect!

your gorgeous ring and diamond are ones for the books. Congratulations!

your gorgeous ring and diamond are ones for the books. Congratulations!

Omg! This is truly amazing! What a vision you had! That stone can rock any setting and I love it in all of them but you took it to the next level and yes —the elongated look plus the rubies makes it such a statement piece! Congrats!

I don't think I've ever seen an actual prince cut before!
So cool. Thanks for the video so we can see it in action.
I love what you decided to do :love: :love: :love:

Great eye!!! Love the cut. so cool and interesting. And that ruby halo makes the facets pop! Love it and congratulations!

It's unique and beautiful, thanks for sharing.

DK :kiss2: :kiss2: :kiss2:

Thanks so much for the kind comments. I can't seem to stop looking at it and photographing it. I'm not having much luck with getting any sunlight to capture it outside but Ive got lights on all over the house to see how it looks in different indoor lighting :lol: There may be some more photos on their way.......
 

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Oh, I am just in love with your ring. I have always wanted an Ashoka or Crisscut. You have renewed my love of those cuts. The rubies are perfect!!!!

Thank you :) I agree with you that Ashoka's and Crisscuts are lovely. This PrinceCut seems to be a mixture of both, but it depends on the lighting and the angle. Sometimes the facets look a bit more busy like a Crisscut:

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But sometimes I can see more of a harlequin pattern with larger elongated kite shaped facets - I really love this pattern

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oh wow, the ring is like ironman!!! :kiss2::eek2: congrats!!!

:lol: :lol:

This is such a beautifully made ring, and I’m head over heels with the design and the way the red complements the diamond so well!!

Thank you!

Wow that is simply STUNNING! Who made the setting?

Thanks. It was Camao Jewellers who made the ring and the diamond was set locally in the UK.
I love the red!!

Thanks, I wanted something distinctive and it certainly ticks that box.

Stunning stone and striking design. Congratulations!

Thank you. Just for once I am not second guessing my choice of diamond or setting :D
 
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motownmama

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I loved the first way you set it and as I’m reading I was sad you changed it, then BANG! WOW!!!! I love halos with colored stones. Yours is incredible. Will you wear a wedding band along side of it?
 
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