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With a name that’s reminiscent of royalty, how could a princess cut diamond ring not be on the list of engagement jewelry options? Immediately identifiable by its shape, the princess cut diamond emerged in the 1960s as an almost instantly popular cut, and it hasn’t left the scene since. Princess cut diamonds are now the second most popular cut after round brilliant, and it’s easy to see why: Their square shape can be paired with almost any other geometric stone, creating a stunning effect on the finger.

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Most of Vinca’s customers are surprised to learn that the princess cut diamond, while square in appearance, actually has rounded corners. These corners protrude just the tiniest bit from the body of the diamond, allowing princess cut engagement rings to have the same sparkling brilliance as a ring set with a more traditional round diamond.

People who ask for a princess cut diamond ring are usually looking for something unique and personal. Starting your custom design with a princess cut diamond as the center stone puts you on the path to a style that you won’t see on anyone else, but is also beautiful and classic in its own way.

Princess cut diamonds are a perfect match for other geometric elements, either on your ring or in the other jewelry you might wear. Starting with a base of four beautiful angles, your princess cut engagement ring can serve as one of the core elements of your personal style.

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When someone comes to Vinca asking for a princess cut diamond engagement ring, the first thing we  at Vinca ask about is their day-to-day style. Do they wear classic clothes, or like to mix it up? Are they looking to reference the turn of the century with their choice of a princess cut engagement ring, or do they want a more contemporary, modern feel? One of the best things about princess cut diamonds is their ability to span eras depending on the setting they are in.

In general, princess cut engagement rings look best when offset with other angular stones. Think of trillion diamonds, which have a triangle shape. The flat end of the triangle against the square princess cut diamond is a perfect pairing. In all cases, because the princess cut diamond is a bold center stone choice for an engagement ring, it should be supported by small details, rather than competing design elements. One direction to consider is other square stones on the shank, which create a pathway of light leading to the stunning princess cut diamond in the center.  

What Makes the Princess Cut Engagement Ring special

The second most popular shape after the round cut, the princess cut diamond ranks much higher than other fancy shapes of diamonds available in the market today. Did you know the princess cut diamond has round edges, though it is square in shape? The corners are slightly rounded allowing princess cut engagement rings to have a unique dazzle. At once a blend of contemporary, and classical style, the princess cut is on the rise.

The princess cut is popular for people looking to custom design their rings. The brilliantly cut facets on the diamond’s pavilion create a sparkle and luster that is just like the round cut diamond. Moreover, their balanced linear shape pairs well with other unusual geometrical elements whether it is a diamond engagement ring or other jewelry you wear every day.

Princess cut diamonds tend to make the most of the diamond’s sparkle while retaining an elegant square shape. These spectacular gems blaze in minimalist solitaire or other stone settings and add a touch of contemporary to traditional or fashionable styles. The Princess cut is the square version of the dazzling round cut with 58 or 76 facets in a ratio of 1.0 to 1.05.

Originally named the Profile cut, the princess cut diamond was first introduced in by the London cutter Arpad Negy in 1961. This square cut diamond with rounded corners creates more dispersion of light than any other square- shaped diamond, making it one of the go-to choices for unique engagement rings and wedding rings.   

Pros

Value for money: The princess cut diamond ring often looks and feels bigger than a round or brilliant cut, even if at the same carat weight. This is due to the fact that the rough diamonds are square shaped, and the princess cut allows the cutter to retain at least 80-90 percent of the original diamond as compared to nearly 50 percent retained in a brilliant cut diamond. This means that many times, a princess cut diamond wedding ring is not as expensive as other cuts available in the market.

Princess cut diamond hides defects: The princess cut diamond was first introduced to grab attention with its 50-58 brilliantly cut facets. Though it doesn’t have as many facets as a round cut diamond, the number is of facets is higher than an emerald or oval cut diamond. Of course, these facets make the diamond shine and the light refraction on the facets tends to hide the small defects a diamond may have. Can purchase a low-grade diamond like an H or I and still get the sparkle you are looking for.

Room for unique designs with an antique touch: Though not as old as the other diamond cut styles, princess cut diamond engagement rings are stunning and a relatively recent addition to the world of diamonds. The princess cut diamond is versatile and its square cut shape can be easily paired with other shapes to create a unique engagement or wedding ring that complements the wearer. It’s the best option for someone looking for a classic ring style with a small personal touch.

Makes an excellent Solitaire Ring: Not all diamonds look good when used as a solitaire. However, the princess cut diamond makes for a stunning solitaire in a traditional wedding or engagement ring. If you are someone who dreams of a classic solitaire ring at a price point within your budget, then the princess cut may be the one for you.

Works well as a Corona or With Baguettes: Of course, the princess cut diamond ring doesn’t need to be a traditional solitaire The princess cut is quite versatile and looks stunning when it is set inside a halo of diamonds or surrounded by tapering baguettes. This uniquely complex setting will catch the eye for sure. A princess cut eternity ring or multi-gemstone band creates a stunning effect, especially when the diamonds are set one beside one another. Such a setting hides any inclusions while creating a continuous ring of fire and sparkle.

Cons

Fragile Corners: The only defect the princess cut diamond has are its rounded corners. While their rounded shape adds to their durability, the corners have the potential to chip a good princess cut diamond ring would be set to protect the corners from chipping, or a diamond with a sloping edge may be selected to enhance the stone’s ability to withstand wear.

Extra Care while choosing a ring setting: Since you must keep in mind that the corners of a princess cut diamond are fragile and prone to chipping, you can’t pick a setting that will leave them unprotected. This aspect of the princess cut diamond limits the kind and setting styles you can pick for a unique engagement ring. Moreover, the setting needs to be one that doesn’t block the light, so as to allow the princess cut diamond’s brilliance to shine through.

 

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At Vinca, we specialize in making your custom jewelry dreams come true. For more than 30 years, we have been making engagement rings, necklaces, and  earrings that perfectly complement the people who wear them. Visit us today to design the custom piece that’s meant for you.

Facts:

1. Princess cut diamonds tend to make the most of the diamond’s sparkle while retaining an elegant square shape. These spectacular gems blaze in minimalist solitaire or other stone settings and add a touch of contemporary to traditional or fashionable styles. The Princess cut is the square version of the dazzling round cut with 58 or 76 facets in a ratio of 1.0 to 1.05.

2. Originally named the Profile cut, the princess cut diamond was first introduced in by the London cutter Arpad Negy in 1961.