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Engagement ring spotlight: the princess cut

The princess cut engagement ring is a contemporary classic. With a brilliance only second to round cut diamonds, and the modern appeal of sleek straight edges, it has become the one of the most popular styles of engagement rings. If you’re considering this style for you or your loved one, here’s some more information that will help you make up your mind.

Princess Cut Ring Diagram

What is the princess cut?

The princess cut diamond ring was first developed in 1979 and has since grown to become the second most popular choice of diamond engagement rings in Australia after the round brilliant. Inspired by the early style of “French” cut diamonds, the modern techniques used in the Princess Cut bring a brilliance that outshines most. It is one of the few mixed-cut designs on offer, with elements of both brilliant and step cuts that provide a sense of depth and sparkle. Unlike most other diamonds, the facets of the princess cut are arranged in a way that makes colour most visible in the corners. These features give it a unique yet simply beautiful appearance that has captured the hearts of brides across the world for almost 40 years.

princess cut diamond

Why is it the second most popular?

Princess cut diamonds are often seen as an affordable diamond wedding band alternative to the round cut diamond. They feature the same number of facets as round brilliants, giving a similar sparkle. However, they are often less costly as diamond cutters can use 80% of the diamond rough in a princess cut compared to around 50% for a round cut. It is also chosen for its size, as the larger table of the princess cut makes it appear bigger than round cut diamonds of the same carat weight. Beyond the visual benefits of the diamond cut, the sleek style is also favoured by brides after modern design.

What should I look for in a princess cut diamond?

The brilliance of the princess cut makes it easier to hide inclusions, however, the corners are quite delicate and prone to chipping. It’s important to avoid diamonds with any inclusions in the corners as they increase the chance of chipping. Try to pick a setting that will protect the edges and limit the chance of causing any damage to your diamond rings in Sydney. From the side, the shape of a princess cut is pyramid-like but depth plays an important role in light return. For optimal symmetry and brilliance, the ideal range is between 56.5 and 65 percent. The light return for a princess cut diamond is very good but not as strong as a round brilliant, so it is important not to compromise on colour. Avoid going lower than a H colour and look for a diamond with clarity that is at least eye-clean.

Do you think a princess cut engagement ring could be part of your happily ever after? If this style would suit you or your loved one, visit one of our boutiques to meet with our master jewellers in Sydney for a custom design or browse our collection to find the perfect princess cut engagement ring.

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