A Complete Guide to Princess Cut Diamonds

A Complete Guide to Princess Cut Diamonds

6th May 2022

When it comes to choosing a diamond, whether for a ring, bracelet or earrings, the shape of the stone is often one of the first things to be decided. With so many different cuts available to express your individuality and style, choosing the right cut is highly important - especially if it’s for a long-lasting, sentimental piece.

A Princess cut diamond offers the best of both worlds, with an appearance that’s strong, yet soft, modern yet elegant. It’s no wonder why they’re such a popular choice. Here, we’ll explore all that the Princess cut diamond has to offer in various settings and how it was first created.

What is a Princess Cut Diamond?

A Princess cut diamond is typically square with sharp, strong lines and a large surface area that makes the diamond look bigger than other cuts. From its side profile, this cut resembles an inverted pyramid with 4 bevelled sides, with the point toward the band of the ring.

Offering excellent fire and brilliance, the Princess cut is one of the most dazzling of all the diamond shapes, which is partly why so many choose them for engagement rings. While you can get more rectangular Princess cut diamonds, they’re much less popular than the traditional square cuts as they just don’t have the same intense sparkle.

The History of Princess Cut Diamonds

As the newest cut diamond shape, the Princess cut was created in the 1960s but had evolved from the French cut, which first appeared in the 14th century. So, in actual fact, people have adored the square-cut diamond for hundreds of years, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

The Princess cut we all know and love today though, was created by Arpad Nagy, a diamond cutter from London, who produced a cut that was more brilliant than its earlier versions thanks to the facet placements and angles. At the time, he named it the ‘profile cut’, but by the 1980s, it was well-known as the Princess cut.

This timeless design is still loved around the world due to its ultra-feminine look and fresh, modern aesthetic. Megan Markle, Kate Bosworth, Hilary Duff and Emily Ratajkowski have all been spotted over the years flashing stunning Princess cut diamond engagement rings.

The Best Settings for Princess Cut Diamonds

When choosing to incorporate a Princess cut diamond into a ring, the best settings would be a classic solitaire or 3-stone rings. As Princess cut diamonds have fairly sharp and exposed edges, they’re easier to damage than other cuts. So, a channel setting (3-stone ring) will have the other gems to help protect the main stone. The prongs of the solitaire will also offer more protection without taking away from the diamond’s beauty.

Princess cut diamonds also work wonderfully in diamond stud earrings too, with their practical and luxurious design suitable for both everyday and special occasion wear. Minimalistic, sophisticated and ageless, we believe that every woman should have a pair of beautiful Princess cut diamond earrings in their jewellery box.

Why Choose a Princess Cut Diamond?

There are plenty of reasons why you should choose a Princess cut diamond. If you want a classic, timeless style for your engagement ring or other special pieces of jewellery, the Princess cut is a perfect choice. This shape will also appear larger when placed on the finger because of its flat, clean surface area, meaning even a 1-carat princess cut diamond will still create a huge impact.

Another great advantage is the cost. Princess cut diamonds are vastly more affordable than other cuts, such as round or cushion cuts, yet still offer the same quality, sparkle and eye-catching beauty. This is because, during the cutting process, less material is wasted. Since the rough diamond is already the correct shape, all that’s needed to create the initial design of the Princess cut is a slice down the centre. Then it can be polished and treated before being set. 

Before buying a Princess cut diamond though, make sure to avoid lower colour grades as this cut does not hide any potential yellow tint. Ideally, you’d want to choose either an H or I colour diamond for the best value.

Take a look at our collection of handcrafted Princess cut diamond rings that showcase the beauty of lab-grown diamonds.

If you want to learn more about the different diamond cuts, read our guide on Asscher cut diamonds and floating diamond rings.

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