Want to feel as posh and distinctive as a royal? Perhaps a princess cut engagement ring can help to get you there! Okay, we know baubles don't have that much power, but if you are on the hunt for a ring, a princess engagement ring will be sure to impress everyone who sees it. Also referred to as a square modified brilliant, the princess cut is a good alternative to the highly popular round-brilliant. Because of its intense sparkle and intriguing shape, princess engagement rings are now becoming one of the most favored styles.
The princess cut diamond was created in the late 1970s, when three master diamond cutters, Israel Itskowitz, Ygal Perlman, and Betzalel Ambar, joined forces. These talented men combined their cumulative years of expertise to create a square stone with faceting similar to the round brilliant. The goal was to make this distinctive shape really shine. The code name while developing their unique diamond was “Quadrillion,” and it was eventually distributed by Ambar Diamonds in Los Angeles. One important benefit to their facet layout is that princess stones can be cut with less waste than a round diamond, resulting in lower prices.
The striking princess cut is similar to the radiant cut diamond, and it’s easy to confuse the two, as they have a similar number of facets (76 for the princess and 70 for the radiant), and are both modified-brilliants. The easiest way to tell them apart is by their corners. The princess is a true square, with corners that join at each of the four points. The radiant has beveled corners, which gives it less of a geometric shape, although it is a beautiful diamond in its own right. Additionally, princess cut stones are usually square-shaped, where radiants are often rectangular-shaped.
Choosing a princess engagement ring is a unique way to set yourself apart from the popular round-shaped betrothal ring. With its truly lovely silhouette, the princess diamond certainly stands out, in just about any setting you pair it with. Our large collection of solitaire settings offers possibilities for both the modern and the vintage aesthetic. Whatever your taste, a solitaire setting provides a wonderful way to highlight the stone in your princess engagement ring. Where the solitaire makes your princess the star, a halo or three-stone setting can give your center stone the extra bling that you might crave. Surrounding your princess diamond with smaller halo or side stones can give your princess engagement ring an even more elevated appearance. Take advantage of our style guide and ring builder to help you create the ring that suits your personal fashion sense. You can even change the band’s metal color to give the stone of your princess engagement ring some extra contrast. But the best part about creating your ring with Great Heights is knowing that our lab-grown diamonds cost up to 40% less than mined diamonds.
*Because the princess cut is one of the most affordable diamonds (up to 40% less than the round brilliant), you can go up in carat size without breaking your budget! This is a good thing, because the princess’ upside down pyramid shape can also cause it to appear smaller than other diamonds of the same carat weight.
*The sharp corners of the princess cut makes them more susceptible to chipping, so make sure to pick a setting that protects the corners of this dazzling stone. A four prong setting is a good choice.
*The princess cut diamond’s larger table gives it an impressive appearance, but it also makes it less easy to hide inclusions in some princess cut stones. Make sure to choose a clarity score of SI1 or better.
*As far as color grades, the princess cut hides color fairly well, so you can still achieve a whiter appearance with a grade of I or higher (D-I).
You may be looking forward to admiring the impressive sparkle of your princess engagement ring, but have you considered the impact of that sparkle? If you haven’t compared mined diamonds and lab-grown diamonds, you may not understand how very alike they are, yet how very different.
Mined diamonds and lab diamonds may be chemically, structurally, and optically the same, but where they come from is how they differ. Lab diamonds are created in clean, controlled environments with precision equipment: mined diamonds are taken from below and above the earth, sometimes with intolerable consequences. Both environmental and human problems associated with diamond mining have given the industry a less than stellar reputation. The human toll of diamond mining was deftly captured in the 2006 movie, Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo Di Capria, and the environmental devastation is equally problematic. Enormous pits are dug into the ground to extract tons of earth and left open once abandoned. Oceans are dredged in search of diamonds, wreaking havoc on sea habitats.
Lab-grown diamonds are worthy alternatives to earth diamonds and buying lab-grown allows you to wear something beautiful, but with a clear conscience. So, look forward to that fabulous princess engagement ring and wear it with pride, knowing that your diamond had pure beginnings when it was lab-grown.