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Princess cut synthetic Sapphire

A jewelers needed a princess cut white Sapphire for his customer for a custom ring they were building. His customer didn't care if it was genuine or synthetic and they were in a bit of a hurry to find the material for genuine stone, so they decided to go with the synthetic. I had the material in stock, so we could do it quickly for them.

Below, you will see photos and description of the cutting process.


The first few facets

This shows you the first few facets used to start a princess cut.

An arrow telling users to click on the photo to make it larger.

It is always important to get the first few facets lined up perfectly so that everything will be symmetrical throughout the cutting process. If it doesn't start out right, it won't finish right.


Adding more facets

Here you can see I have added 2 more facets to each side.

These facets are inclined inward which makes the light bounce around nicely and gives the princess cut its brilliance.


Pavilion facets are complete

You can now see the pavilion with all of the facets in place.

A princess cut can also be done with fewer rows of facets or with more rows. I chose this number based on the size of the stone.


Culet view

This view shows us looking straight into the culet up through the table.


Working on the Crown

This shows the first few facets of the crown.

Once again, it is important to get the first few to line up perfectly.


The finished Princess Cut

Synthetic Sapphire cuts into a very brilliant stone.

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Denton Anderson,
Gemologist & Gem Cutter
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Photo of Denton the gem cutter.

Graduate Gemologist, GIA, GG
Over 20 years of experience.