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Natural princess diamonds look striking, radiate sparkle, and make stunning, sophisticated engagement rings. Their versatile square shape is a popular ring choice because of its many benefits.
Princess cut diamonds have several benefits that make them so appealing to couples searching for the perfect ring. Because of its unique shape, a princess cut diamond looks larger than another cut of the same carat weight. This illusion is because princess cuts have a large surface area with a shallow crown and a deep pavilion, making them appear bigger than they actually are.
Princess cut natural diamonds make the most of the diamond rough because of their square shape, so they use about 80% of the total diamond rough. For this reason, it's an economical diamond cut choice and is typically more affordable than other cuts. The square shape can easily hide flaws and inclusions from the naked eye.
Cut is extremely important to look for when shopping for princess cut diamonds. According to the diamond experts, GIA, you should pay particular attention to:
- Shape: Look for a square princess cut with a length-to-width ratio of about 1.00 to 1.04. Divide the princess cut's length by width to get the ratio. The ratio of a rectangular princess cut is about 1.07 to 1.15. Princess cuts with unequal sides or uneven proportions are less appealing.
- Symmetry: Like other diamond shapes, each facet's symmetry helps create a gorgeous cut. To analyze a diamond's symmetry, draw an imaginary line down the length of the diamond to check if the facets on the right and left halves are the same shape and size. Look at where all the points of the facets meet to ensure there are no missing or extra facets. Next, draw a second imaginary horizontal line across the diamond and see if the facets on the bottom and top halves are symmetrical.
- Scintillation: You want maximum diamond sparkle, and a well-cut diamond will have epic amounts of fire. Look for a balanced contrast of light and dark patterns in the princess cut's table and facets. You want to see a mixture of the two rather than one or the other.
One of the most sought-after benefits of princess cut diamonds is their flexibility to work in any ring. Princess cut diamonds work well in a variety of engagement rings. With Clarity have hundreds of settings ready for princess cut center stones. You'll see classic styles, like solitaire and pavé bands, to more extravagant, glamorous settings with halos or more adorned settings.
You can always mix and match different diamond cuts for a unique look - different cuts complement one another. You can create the perfect engagement ring by selecting the setting, choosing the metal (most settings come in platinum, 14K or 18K rose, yellow, or white gold), and finding the perfect natural princess cut center stone for an ideal ring made just for you.
What are the characteristics of a well-cut princess diamond?
Cut and symmetry are essential for princess-cut diamonds because they make the stone sparkle and are noticeable to the naked eye. A well-cut natural princess diamond will have plenty of brilliance and fire and cover up any inclusions and flaws within the stone. You'll see some princess cuts that appear more square-shaped while others appear more rectangular. The square princess cuts are more sought-after because they're more symmetrical, and the demand for well-proportioned square diamonds is greater.
Is the princess cut popular for lab grown diamond engagement rings?
Princess cut natural or lab-grown diamonds are the second most popular diamond cut behind the round diamond. Princess cuts remain a popular option because they're versatile enough to work with a variety of settings and offer tremendous sparkle. Square diamonds offer a unique shape that makes an unforgettable lab grown diamond engagement ring.
Are princess cut diamonds more affordable than other cuts?
Princess cut diamonds are usually more affordable than round diamonds. Generally, only about 20% of the rough diamond goes to waste when cutting a natural princess-cut diamond, which makes this cut more economical than other diamond cuts.
Are there specific considerations when choosing a princess cut for a halo setting?
Princess cut diamonds are symmetric and balanced, so they look stunning in a halo setting. The halo adds about 4 to 6 mm to the center stone, and the additional diamonds make the center stone appear larger. You'll see various halo settings - some have a single row of diamonds, while others have a double halo. Take time to browse different halo designs to see which styles appeal to you most.
Are there recommended color grades for princess cut diamonds?
The diamond's color comes down to your preferences and your budget. Generally, for princess cut diamonds that are set in white gold or platinum, an H or I color grade or higher would work well. For rose gold and yellow gold settings, a J-colored diamond will look stunning and could save you some money.
Can a princess cut diamond be paired with other diamond shapes in a ring?
Princess cuts pair well with other diamond cuts if you'd like to mix and match shapes. Princess diamonds are paired with ovals, round, pear, baguette cuts, and more. These can be in the form of side stones, banded diamonds, or stones set in more non-traditional ways on the engagement ring.