WHAT IS PRINCESS CUT?

Aside from giving the stone its shape, the cut of a diamond or gemstone determines a stones brilliance. Princess cuts are typically square with sharp edges but can also be rectangular with softer edges. A princess cut features either 57 or 76 facets with a distinct inverted pyramid shape that maximizes brilliance. One of the youngest cuts, the princes cut first appeared in the latter half of the 20th century.

Is A Princess Cut Ring The Right Shape For You?

Modern and sleek, princess cuts are a bold and structured look with sharp lines. From a design standpoint, a diamond solitaire style or three stone setting will give you the most classic look. Set on an angle, paired with a thick band, or using the cut in a colored diamond or gemstone makes for a nontraditional, alternative design. Watch the video to learn more about princess cut engagement rings.

BROWSE PRINCESS CUT ENGAGEMENT RINGS

See some of the rings we’ve designed using princess cuts to get inspired.

PRINCESS CUT PROS AND CONS

Pros

  • One of the most brilliant cuts and the most brilliant of all square cuts
  • Princess cuts are less expensive than other shapes
  • Can hide flaws and mask color in diamonds

Cons

  • Sharp edges make this cut more vulnerable chipping, snagging or breaking if not in an appropriate setting
  • Not a good choice for active lifestyles or those that are rough on their hands

WHO ARE PRINCESS CUT ENGAGEMENT RINGS RIGHT FOR?

If you want a square shape and maximum sparkle, a princess cut diamond engagement ring is your best bet. However, if you’re rough on your jewelry or lead a very active lifestyle, it may not be a good choice because the stone’s sharp edges are vulnerable to damage. Princess cuts are good for bold, structured and modern looks, but can go classic with a simple, delicate solitaire setting.

Additional Resources

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Ready to Start Designing?

We can work with you in-person at our studio or set up a video call to help you take the first step toward designing a ring. Design consultations are complementary and we’ll give you a quick call before your meeting to make sure we can help you.