Stone Shape Guide: Princess Cut Engagement Rings
If you’re looking to purchase the engagement ring that perfectly represents yourself and your partner, there is no better way to do so than purchasing a custom-designed ring. You’ll be able to create a unique piece that no one else will have, and at Bercotts this is something that we are thrilled to offer. However, regardless of whether you are looking to design a custom ring or buy a traditional ring, it is useful to have some knowledge of the cuts available. We’ve assembled a quick guide on princess cut engagement rings so both Paisley clients and people from all over can start shopping with some added insight.
The princess cut diamond has become one of the most popular diamond ring shapes, second only to the more traditional round brilliant cut. It is typically a square, with it taking on more of a pyramid shape when viewed from the side or bottom. The most important feature of a princess cut diamond is in the symmetry. In order for it to appear square to the naked eye, it ideally needs to have a width ratio of at least 1:05. Any more than that and it will look more like a rectangle and this something that is definitely not desirable. The less square a princess cut is, the cheaper it will look and cost.
For those wanting a more modern style, a princess cut engagement ring is definitely the way to go, with its strong lines and geometric shape creating a bold yet stylish statement. It’s a relatively new shape, having only been introduced in the 1960’s and popularised in the 1970’s. This makes its rise in popularity particularly impressive as it has only been around for such a short amount of time in comparison with other cuts. For Paisley clients, a princess cut engagement ring is a contemporary, yet elegant, option for those who are maybe less of a fan of more traditional engagement rings. It doesn’t have to cost you a ridiculous amount either.
While it is one of the more popular shapes, it is definitely not the most expensive. Generally speaking, it is actually one of the cheapest of all diamond shapes on offer. If you buy a round cut diamond that is of the same carat weight as a princess diamond, you’d end up paying on average 35% more for it. This is due to the fact that princess cuts have a really good yield from the rough. The yield from the rough is a fairly complicated concept and process but it basically means the amount of clean and cuttable diamond you end up with from a rough stone. For a princess cut to be shaped all you would have to do is slice the rough into two. You lose a ton more when it comes to round shape cuts, therefore making them a lot more expensive.
Of course, there are variances when it comes to princess cut diamond engagement rings. You can choose a crown side; what side faces up when you set it in a ring. You can choose pavilion side; which is the shape of the lower part of the gem. All of these choices make a difference in the type of princess cut engagement ring our Paisley clients will want to purchase. For instance, if you want a ring that is less likely to chip, you are best going for the bezel corner crown and not the french corner crown. By booking an appointment with us, you will be given expert guidance on whether the princess cut engagement ring is right for you and what variances of princess cut is best suited for your preferences. To book a one-on-one personalised appointment, fill out our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.