The princess cut is a great alternative to the popular round-brilliant diamond and is a lovely stone to use in a solitaire engagement ring setting. Created by Israel Itskowitz and Betzalel Ambar in 1979, this dazzling diamond is sometimes described as a square modified-brilliant, though it can also have a rectangular or tapered shape. The princess cut brings to mind an upside-down pyramid, which can cause it to appear smaller than other diamonds of similar carat weight, something to keep in mind when choosing the size of your stone.
The brilliance and unique shape of the princess cut diamond makes it a great option for rings, earrings, and other diamond jewelry. If you are looking for an engagement ring, Great Heights offers several setting styles that work well with the princess cut. Our modern-style engagement ring settings pair elegantly with this beautiful stone. Other nice settings to use are vintage, solitaire, halo, and three-stone. The solitaire setting especially highlights the princess cut in all its splendor. We have numerous solitaire settings from sleek, contemporary looks to elaborately scrolled or braided vintage choices. Using our style guide and ring builder, you are sure to find a ring that suits your taste.
Cut-It is understandable if you are confused by the terms cut and shape. The shape of a stone simply refers to it’s outline or silhouette. The cut involves the arrangement of facets within the diamond, the diamond’s proportions, and the finish. All three influence how a diamond interacts with light and how well it sparkles. The higher the cut score a diamond has, the more intense the stone will appear to the naked eye. Princess cut diamonds are multi-faceted, so they put off a good amount of sparkle.
Color - The color of a diamond is actually graded by its absence of color. The most highly rated diamonds are structurally perfect and chemically pure, and have no hue, like drops of crystal-clear water. Diamonds are graded from D-Z, where D is colorless and Z has the most color. In the grading labs stones are compared to master stones under the best lighting and viewing conditions to determine their exact degree of colorlessness. The less color a diamond has, the brighter it will appear. Colorless or near colorless diamonds are recommended for engagement rings, however, the diamond’s shape and cut can also influence how much light is scattered throughout the stone. Because of their scintillation, princess cuts hide color well, so choosing a color grade of I or higher will help you save money.
Clarity - Clarity refers to the presence or absence of inclusions and blemishes in a diamond. Most of these imperfections can only be seen with special tools, but they affect the value of a diamond. Clarity grades range from FL, flawless, to I3, the last level of included, with assorted grades in between. A flawless diamond is the ideal, but is hard to come by and very expensive. For many buyers, choosing a stone that looks good to the human eye is acceptable, and can help save money. Princess cuts help to hide small inclusions within the stone, allowing a buyer to choose a diamond with a lower clarity score. As long as you stick to a score of SI1 or higher, your princess cut diamond will shine brightly.
Carat - Finally, carat is simply the weight of a diamond, with one carat equal to 200 milligrams. Stones higher in weight than a round 200 milligram are expressed in carats and decimals, for example: a diamond weighing 250 mg will be written as a 1.25 carat stone. Princess cut diamonds can appear smaller than stones of a similar carat weight, so you might want to go up in carat size when choosing your stone.
*The princess is similar to the brilliant cut in that its multifaceted appearance helps this diamond outshine many other diamonds. Choose this stone type if you love lots of sparkle in your jewelry.
*A princess cut diamond is a good choice for a solitaire engagement ring, however, choosing a larger carat size may work better to make your stone really stand out. If your budget doesn’t allow you to increase carat weight, you might consider a halo setting. A halo encircles your center stone with small pave diamonds, giving the appearance of a larger stone.
*Unlike the smoother, less intricate emerald or asscher cuts, the princess cut can hide imperfections well. This allows buyers to choose diamonds with a lower clarity score, so they can put their budget to good use elsewhere. A clarity score of SI1 or higher can still result in a dazzling stone.
*Another advantage to the princess cut is it does a good job of concealing color. As long as the color score is I or higher (D-I), your stone will always shine brightly, but for less money. Choosing a princess cut diamond with lower cut and clarity scores also allows you to choose a larger carat size!
When comparing lab-grown diamonds to mined diamonds, be sure to remember that they are optically, structurally, and chemically the same. Lab-created diamonds and mined diamonds are both professionally graded for cut, color, clarity, and carat, by the same gem graders, in the same laboratories. Although physically alike, where they differ is in their origins. Lab diamonds are grown in controlled conditions, free of the ethical and environmental concerns associated with diamond mining. Lab diamonds cost up to 40% less than mined diamonds, but best of all, due to their clean beginnings, lab diamonds can be purchased with a clear conscience. You will feel proud for choosing a lab-grown princess cut diamond that is both dazzling and ethically-sourced.