Princess Cut Engagement Rings

Posted on Jun 18,2014

Princess cut engagement rings rank second as the most popular option for consumers next to the round brilliant cut. Popular for its versatility and lower price range (compared to round brilliant cuts), the princess cut is highly preferred by many especially by those who want to veer away from the traditional shape of the more popular round brilliant cut. Princess cuts are generally priced cheaper per carat because the cut wastes the least material from the rough stone after cutting.

The princess cut, also known as a square modified brilliant, is popular for its fire and brilliance. Its extra faceting adds extra brilliance and scintillation to the stone, making it one of the best options for engagement rings.

Selling Princess Cut Engagement Rings

Since princess cut engagement rings are one of the most popular options amongst today’s consumers, it’s fairly easy to get a good price for a decent stone. If you have a princess cut engagement ring that you would like to sell, you can sell to different venues and get a decent price. Jewelry stores that buy used jewelry have a high demand for popular cuts like round brilliants and princess cuts.

However, if you want to get the best price for your stone, one of your best available options is to sell to an online diamond buyer. They buy all sorts of diamonds of different shapes and grades. They also offer better prices for diamonds because they have lower overhead costs and they have access to a bigger market.

Since princess cut diamonds have extra faceting, they hide flaws and inclusions better than other cuts and as such, it’s easier to sell lower-grade princess cut stones than step-cuts like emerald cut diamonds or asscher cut diamonds.

Buying Princess Cut Engagement Rings

Princess cut engagement rings are a good option for those who want the fire and brilliance of a round brilliant cut but want a square or rectangular stone instead of a round one.

As previously mentioned, princess cut engagement rings are generally cheaper per carat weight than round brilliant cuts because there is very little wastage when it is cut.  While princess cut diamonds have a smaller crown surface compared to round brilliants, a princess cut diamond of the same carat weight as a round brilliant will still appear bigger due to its square shape and pointed corners, which is bigger than the diameter of a round brilliant cut. This makes princess cut engagement rings a good option for those who want the appearance of a bigger stone without having to get a bigger and heavier one.

When buying princess cut engagement rings, pay attention to the following qualities and parameters to get the best value for your money:

Cut

As with any other diamond shape, when buying a princess cut engagement ring, it’s important to pay attention to the cut quality of the stone as this greatly affects its physical appearance.

Table and Depth Percentage

The table percentage value of a very good to excellent princess cut stone is within 56% to 70% and the table percentage should be within 58% to 75%.

Length to Width Ratio

Princess cuts are traditionally square but there are also princess cuts that are rectangular. While perfect square cuts are more expensive, some people prefer princess cut diamonds that are more rectangular than square. If you prefer a square princess cut, look for a length to width ratio of 1.00 to 1.05. If you want a stone that is visibly rectangular, look for a LW ratio of 1.08 and above.

However, if you’re adding side stones, you can get a stone with a LW ratio of 1.08 and it will still look square.

Color

Like with other diamond shapes, colorless princess cuts are more expensive because there is a higher demand for them. If you prefer a colorless diamond to a diamond that shows a bit of yellow, look for a color grade within the D to F range. A G-color grade is the minimum grade recommended for larger stones and H-color for stones that are less than .50 carats.

Clarity

Princess cut diamonds conceal flaws and inclusions much better than step-cuts like emerald and Asscher because of the extra faceting that provides more fire and brilliance. Since princess cut diamonds are more forgiving of inclusions, you can go as low as SI1 for stones that are less than a carat and still a get a pretty decent stone. For bigger stones, however, a minimum of VS2 is recommended.

Where to Buy

Blue Nile

Looking for the perfect princess cut engagement ring? Blue Nile offers a wide-selection of princess cut diamonds. You can manually select the diamond that goes into your setting of choice, giving you a more personalized and versatile shopping experience. If you’re not sure what to look for, consider the following options below:

Build a Princess Cut Diamond

Build a Carat Princess Cut Ring

Build a .5 Carat Princess Cut Diamond

Options from Amazon

Amazon also carries a wide-array of princess cut engagement ring options suitable for different tastes and budgets. We’ve preselected a few options below:

Princess Certified Ring

Classic Princess Engagement Ring

Solitaire Engagement Ring

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