Diamond Education | Princess Cut Diamonds

What are princess cut diamonds?

The princess cut follows the round brilliant cut in popularity but unlike its round face, a princess diamond’s face-up shape is square or rectangular. For maximum light performance, brilliance, scintillation and fire, a rough diamond is cut to a length-width ratio no greater than 1.05. Like the popular round brilliant diamond, the princess cut also has 58 facets, giving princess cut diamond rings the same brilliance as most round-brilliant diamond engagement rings. Vintage princess cut rings may have 49 facets but still exude the same sparkle.

Princess cut diamonds also utilize 80 percent of the original rough stone because the square corners of this shape are not shaved off as they are in the round brilliant diamond. These square faced diamonds have a sparkling brilliance and can be the most versatile diamond to please the pickiest of receivers. Princess cut diamonds are perhaps the easiest to set as they look gorgeous in a variety of metal types and settings. You can choose from a stunning solitaire setting to a more complex and intricate split shank or double halo setting. These diamonds usually sparkle well in white gold, gold or platinum metals as well.

As you’re browsing our classic styles and collections, you may notice that princess cut diamonds are almost always set with prongs that protect the four corners and present an exceptionally sparkling appearance. Speaking of appearance, you may even prefer a princess cut diamond that is slightly warmer in color such as G-H to the near colorlessness of a D-F diamond. Its square cut also makes it more forgiving of inclusions than other square sets like emerald cuts or asscher cuts, especially when seen with the naked eye.

Choosing a beautiful diamond for your custom Sylvie Collection engagement ring can be tough. Here are some tips to ease your buying decision:

  • Princess cut engagement rings are neither too modern nor too old-fashioned.

  • Princess cut diamonds tend to have a slightly lower price-per-carat than round cut diamonds.

  • You may prefer a lower color rating of G-H to D-F, but can still get the same brilliance and intensity.

  • They are the most versatile of diamonds and can shine exceptionally in nearly all settings and metals.