Princess cut diamonds
Beauty and strength unite in the Princess cut’s thoroughly modern and sought-after diamond shape.
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Our guide to Princess cut diamonds
Our tips for finding the Princess cut diamond meant just for you.
A Princess cut diamond is a modern, square-shaped diamond. When viewed from the side, it resembles an inverted pyramid with four beveled sides. Although its origins date back to the 1960s, the Princess cut that most know today came to be in the late 1970s and early 1980s, making this one of the most modern diamond shapes. It has also been one of the most popular diamond shapes in the world; for many years, it came in second only to the Round Brilliant.
The name “princess” was applied to earlier variations of square-shaped diamonds in the 1960s. The term was then permanently attached to the shape we know today, starting in the late 1970s and early 1980s. “Princess” has been used heavily for marketing purposes. While this shape was once described as “feminine” and “youthful,” it is now celebrated for its clean, modern lines and bold design.
The 4Cs are important to consider when it’s time to buy diamonds. For Princess cut diamonds, consider prioritizing clarity or cut. This shape features a large, open table, so clarity and cut affect its overall brilliance. Color depends on the metal setting you choose; a yellow gold engagement ring works well with near-colorless diamonds while platinum and white gold pair best with colorless stones. Carat weight should be based entirely on personal preference and the budget you have set.
Round Brilliant diamonds are the most popular diamonds in the world, followed by Princess cut. Both shapes are considered timeless and versatile, and both feature brilliant cut facets. However, a Round Brilliant diamond is true to its name and will offer more brilliance than a Princess cut diamond. This fact coupled with its popularity will also make a Round Brilliant diamond slightly more expensive than a Princess cut, due to demand. When it comes to style, the Round Brilliant is considered more classic where a Princess is more modern.
Frequently asked questions about Princess Diamonds
A Princess cut VRAI created diamond has 57 brilliant cut facets.
Browse the selection of Princess cut diamonds on VRAI’s diamond table and make your selection. Then choose “Purchase without setting” to complete your purchase. Loose VRAI created diamonds of 0.5 carats and more are sold with a Lifetime Warranty, so you can choose your lab-grown diamond with confidence.
Princess cut diamonds are one of the most popular diamond shapes in the world and can be featured in nearly all engagement rings. So choosing a setting should be based on personal preference first. Some customers also take security into account, however. This is because the pointed corners of the Princess cut diamond, as opposed to the rounded corners of a Cushion, can make it slightly more susceptible to damage such as chipping. While this should by no means deter anyone from choosing a Princess cut diamond or the setting of their choice, Halo and Bezel engagement ring settings will add an extra layer of melée diamonds or metal around the center stone for additional protection.
The most popular Princess cut engagement rings are solitaires. VRAI’s Signature Solitaire and Classic Solitaire offer prong settings that will cover the Princess’s sharp points, offering an extra layer of protection while allowing light to enter from all sides. Cathedral engagement rings as well as Three Stone settings are also popular choices for this modern-yet-timeless shape.
When it is time to buy an engagement ring, however, your selection of setting should always be based on personal preference, not trends.