- Apr 5, 2012
I've tried to not love a princess cut, even went thru aversion therapy. I can't help it, just bought a small one from a pawnshop last month. I really like mine but yours is killer.
You put so much study into choosing an Asscher, I have to ask, what is your process for finding a good princess cut? What are your criteria?
Thank you! I'm with you on that - I don't understand the disdain for princesses on PS I love the patterns you see in princesses, as well as the brilliance and scintillation. Plus just the squareness of the outline - a princess looks properly square in whatever size they come in, which is not the case for some cut-cornered fancies.
I got this princess years ago, and I was just really taken by the facet pattern on this diamond. When I bought it back in 2001 the internet retailer didn't even have a video so it was bought just from a photo alone. The depth % is slightly lower than the table %, from memory something like 69% with table 71% and a medium girdle. The big bonus with this one was that it faces up big for its carat weight because of the smaller depth. So there was no special process (not even an ASET ) although I did try to follow the PS guidelines at the time for the acceptable cut parameters. And contrary to the received wisdom of PS it does display plenty of fire, even with a lower crown height and larger table.
The original setting I had it in did seem to reduce the performance though. I spent some time wondering if the stone wasnt as good as I had originally thought once it was set. The issue turned out to be that the inside of the setting wasnt finished properly and there were large darkened rough areas of platinum touching the pavilion, trapping dirt and making it difficult to clean as well. Once I had the setting refined I got the wow factor back again.