How to Choose a Princess Cut Diamond Ring

Posted by Ribi Khaimov

The princess cut diamond style was developed in the 60s. It is a square cut that makes use of the brilliant cutting styles while moving away from the traditional step-cut square configurations such as the emerald cut diamond.


Because there is extra faceting, the princess cut works really well due to its natural brilliance and added scintillation. This added visual performance also can hide inclusions and other kinds of blemishes-- and sometimes color hues as well. Technically it is recognized as a square modified version of the round brilliant and is sometimes also called a “square modified brilliant cut.”

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Favored because of how well it can work across the spectrum of design applications, it is especially favored as an engagement ring stone. The best way to recognize these beauties is by the eternity ring squares that are commonly set in a continuous line with no gaps, as is done with more rounded stones. There is a geometric reality that seems to allow this particular cut to easily stand alone or to be combined with other shapes.

The princess cut styles that are set with the squares aligned with north, south, east and west points can be very distinctive looking, and are often called the “star-set.”  The square princess cut is known for its icy fire brilliance for which it is specifically designed to enhance within its square cut.

 The setting on your princess cut should have a style that protects the sharp points of its corners, as these can easily chip. Because the princess cut is more forgiving and has the unique ability to mask minor flaws, it can be found at lower prices, while still retaining its high quality brilliance.

The following minimum recommendations are to help choose the princess cut although it is clear that tastes and opinions vary. For those seeking the highest quality look in a very good cut with a color factor of G-- It should have a clarity factor of at least VS2 and a depth percentage of 58-77 percent.

If working with a tighter budget, the choice is to go with a good cut that hosts a clarity of SI2, color should be I and depth percentage of 56-84 with a table of 53-85 percent.

Cheaper minimums can be found, but sacrifice in quality and brilliance will be the result. It is important to remember that the princess cut requires a four prong setting. They make stunning engagement rings, as they stand alone so well.

As mentioned, the edges of this square cut can have sharp points making them vulnerable and can often be placed into pre-cut seats within the setting. Sometimes manufacturers will chamfer corners slightly while other makers are clipping the corners to improve the diamond’s durability.

Experienced designers recommend a favored range of parameters, which makes it possible to have broad conclusions from photography and reflector images.  This is why the shapes must be seen live for a decisive evaluation.  Find a trustworthy professional in order to find exactly the right look, setting and price so the purchase brings both confidence with the choice and satisfaction with the deal. 

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Topics: Diamonds

March 17, 2017