Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

The cut of a diamond determines its degree of scintillating sparkle, fiery brilliance, and overall elegant impression, and the princess cut is one of the most popular options for engagement rings. This modern alternative to the traditional round-cut diamond provides faceting that dazzlingly accentuates and amplifies reflected light.


Also known as a square modified brilliant, the princess cut is characterized by a square or occasionally rectangular face and a back in the shape of an inverted four-sided pyramid. Princess cuts have between 57 and 76 facets, which spread light and enhance its sparkle. The corners generally remain uncut to preserve the shape of the square. Princess cut diamonds are less expensive because cutters are able to use up to 80 percent of the original rough stones, in contrast to traditional round cuts that usually use only about 50 percent or less. Because more of the stone is used, the cutting process is economical. Additionally, the shape of the cut tends to mask minute inclusions, or imperfections, so that slight flaws in less costly stones are undetectable due to the enhanced scintillation. All in all, princess cut engagement diamonds offer a bright modern look at an affordable price.

History of Princess Cut Diamonds

Intent on modifying the diamond shape to lose less weight of the original rough stone, a jewelry designer and diamond cutter named Arpad Nagy designed the princess cut in 1961, although he referred to it as the profile cut. South African Basil Watermeyer patented a similar shape with rounded corners, which he called the Barion cut, in 1971, and Henry Grossbard patented a further permutation of the shape with slightly less facets in 1977. In the mid-1970s, renowned jewelers Betzalel Ambar, Ygal Perlman, and Israel Itzkowitz joined forces and invested considerable research in the precise faceting of square diamonds with sharp corners. In 1979, they introduced the quadrillion cut, better known as the modern princess cut diamond, to the market, and these jewelers popularized the name.

Princess cut diamond engagement rings have long been the favorite of celebrities for their brilliant elegance, classic sparkle, and modern style. For instance, when National Hockey League player Mike Comrie proposed to actress Hilary Duff while vacationing in Hawaii in 2010, he did it with a princess cut ring worth one million dollars. Jersey Shores stars Jionni LaValle and Snooki sealed their promises of marriage with a large princess cut engagement ring. The last episode of the hit reality show Snooki and JWOWW featured their lavish, Great Gatsby-themed wedding. Catherine Bowden, a star of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, received an engagement ring featuring a princess cut diamond when musician Ben Jorgenson proposed to her. Other well-known actresses who received princess cut diamond engagement rings from their prospective spouses include Sherri Shepherd from the famous talk show The View, Jaime Pressly from the sitcom My Name Is Earl, Kendra Wilkinson of the reality series The Girl Next Door, and film star Ali Larter.

Selecting a Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Diamond color scale runs from D through Z, and diamonds rated N through z are generally not recommended for rings. Stones with the highest color ratings are extremely rare and expensive, while diamonds with G, H, and I ratings have excellent quality and appear colorless when mounted on a ring.

Clarity in diamonds rates the amount of imperfections, known as inclusions, that a stone has. Visible inclusions detract from the beauty of a diamond, but many inclusions cannot be seen. The diamond clarity grade scale rates clarity on a scale from IF, or internally flawless, to I2, or inclusions 2. The sweet spot between rare and expensive flawless diamonds and those with unacceptable imperfections is SI1 and SI2, or slightly included 1 and 2. This designation means that these stones, when set within a ring, appear perfect to the naked eye.

The carat weight of a princess cut diamond is not as important as its cut, color, and clarity, because so much of the stone's weight is hidden. Raising the carat weight of a diamond may slightly increase the size but significantly increase the cost.

Setting and Precious Metal Options for Princess Cut Rings

Princess cut diamonds have four sharp corners, so they are typically set with four prongs in the four corners. The prongs prevent the corners from chipping or snagging on hair or clothes.

Choices of settings and the type of metal used in bands create diverse ambiances for princess cut diamond engagement rings. Classic elegance and simplicity of appearance make the solitaire setting, also known as the prong setting, a popular style for diamond engagement rings. This design highlights a single prominent diamond held in place by four or six prongs of various shapes. There is plenty of creativity involved in selecting the shape of the diamond, details of the setting, and type of metal to fit the tastes of the beloved individual for whom the ring is intended.

Halo engagement rings are extremely popular due to their elegant appearance and amped-up brilliance and fire. Halo settings consist of a circle, or sometimes a double circle, of small diamonds with a singular large diamond as a centerpiece. Sometimes halo settings feature smooth solitaire bands, while other times they have pave bands with multitudes of tiny diamonds. Whatever the details you choose, halo engagement rings offer magnificent scintillation and flamboyance to your engagement promise.

Three stone engagement rings, also known as trinity or trilogy rings, with their placement of three diamonds close to each other, symbolize the romantic love that unites a couple in a promise of marriage. The center stone represents their present love, one side stone denotes their memories of the past, and the other signifies their commitment to a united future. The three diamonds also stand for friendship, love, and fidelity. This style is perfect for couples who want to imbue significance into their engagement ring setting.

Diamond band engagement rings emphasize the brilliance and fire of a central diamond by encircling or half-circling the band in a complement of smaller diamonds. These surrounding stones may be inlaid in the band with dazzling pave accents, rise to the ring's peak in a dual encrusted band, or lie within a protective channel. Whatever their setting, they offer a spectacular display of elegance and sparkle.

At Hayden Cudworth, we offer princess cut diamonds in a number of precious metal bands. The white sheen of platinum perfectly complements and sets off diamonds and does not change color or fade, so this lovely metal is ideal for symbolizing eternal love in an engagement ring. Due to its rarity, platinum has attained a prestigious status, with platinum credit cards, for example, being ranked above gold, silver, and other designations. For diamond engagement rings, platinum bands represent the ultimate in elegance.

Lovely white gold is currently the most popular choice of metal for engagement ring bands. Indistinguishable from platinum to the naked eye, this bright, strong, durable metal perfectly complements and enhances the sparkling diamonds in engagement rings.

Yellow gold engagement rings offer a classic warm color with vibrant elegance that has long been associated with romance. Although white gold bands have overtaken yellow gold in popularity, yellow gold provides an unparalleled traditional look that is timeless.

Romantic rose gold provides a lovely alternative to the more common white gold and yellow gold found in engagement rings. Its warm, rich, distinctive color creates a stunning and attractive metaphor for the binding of hearts.

Recommended Princess Cut Engagement Rings

The master craftsmen and jewelers at Hayden Cudworth offer an eclectic selection of handcrafted princess cut engagement rings to suit any romance. The Hayden II provides a classic solitaire style with a comfortable rounded inside edge, and the Islay II is also a finely tapered solitaire band. The Aberdeen II, Chatham II, and Islay Tres II all feature captivating three stone styles with varying degrees of band width. The Lisette II glistens with the enchanting paving of tiny diamonds halfway around the band, while the diamond encrusted Dorset II separates into two strands as it reaches the dominant center princess cut stone. The Dahlia II has a halo of small diamonds around the center gem and a paved band for an overall effect of glistening beauty. Any style in this striking collection can be matched with platinum, white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold bands.

After trying on a princess cut diamond engagement ring, you will fully understand the royalty inherent in its name. To find the right ring for your fiancé, take advantage of the home try-on program. Select any five potential rings to sample at home, send them back within five days, and order the ring of your choice.


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