The What Who When Why How of Princess Cut Engagement Rings

WHAT are princess cut engagement rings?

Boasting the freshness of a geometric shape combined with brilliance to rival a traditional round cut stone, princess cut diamonds have earned their place as one of the most popular fancy diamond shapes. The stone’s sharp angles and clean lines bring a contemporary elegance to these engagement ring styles. Whether set in a similarly modern and geometric setting or contrasted with a curving, vintage style setting, princess cut diamonds are chic, glamorous and memorable.  Just the name screams royalty and shouldn’t every woman feel like a princess?

WHO would love a princess cut engagement ring?

Modern brides who value clean cut, sophisticated designs are often drawn to princess cut engagement rings.  Princess cuts are seen being sported by many celebrities, including Kate Bosworth, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Izabel Goulart, Samira Wiley, and Star Jones to name a few.


WHEN did princess cut engagement rings become popular?

Princess cut diamonds are the newest diamond shape, having first been first created in 1961 by a London based diamond cutter named Arpad Nagy who called it the “profile cut”. The modern princess cut as we know it today was created in 1980 by Betazel Ambar and Israel Itzkowitz who renamed it the “princess cut”.   This angular clean cut gained major popularity in the 80’s and 90’s and continues to be a popular choice in the 21st century.  In fact it is the second most popular shape after the round brilliant cut.

WHY choose princess cut engagement rings?

Though they don’t sparkle as much as the round brilliant they still boast an impressive amount of sparkle. Typically square in shape, these cuts have 58 facets which are similar to those found in round brilliant cuts. However, in a carat for carat comparison, princess diamonds are more affordable than round brilliants having a typically lower price per carat than rounds. The reason for this is that 80% of the diamond surface area is used to cut a princess which is about 20% waste, much less than when cutting a round shape.

HOW many options are available for princess cut engagement rings?

Most brides who choose a princess cut prefer a clean modern, no fuss setting. Whether in a solitaire setting or a halo with rounded edges, a princess has a clean, crisp, sleek, appearance.   A three stone option also looks elegant and comes with a deeper meaning.  It is best to go with a V prong on each corner, so that your stone is well protected from chips and snags.

AMIRA, solitaire setting
CARLY, halo setting
HARBOR, three stone setting