Pros and Cons of Princess-Cut Diamonds

Ultimately, whether you choose a round or princess cut for your engagement ring may be a matter of personal style. However, you should also take some practical considerations into account.

Price

It’s no secret that princess-cut diamonds are less expensive than rounds. This is because of the octahedral shape of a rough diamond. When gem cutters split the rough in half, they can cut two princesses with minimal waste. (The two halves look like pyramids). In contrast, round-cut diamonds waste more rough, so they cost more than princess cuts. Based on these 1-ct ideal-cut, G color, VS2 clarity diamonds, a princess-cut diamond can cost 30% less than a round of equivalent carat weight!

Sparkle

Princess cuts can show exceptional brilliance. However, they still don’t live up to the brilliance of round diamonds. No fancy cut can match their optimal light performance. So, while princess cuts can have great sparkle, they’ll never sparkle better than an ideal round.

Size

If you compare a princess and round diamond of the same carat weight, you’ll see that the round will have a slightly larger face-up surface area. However, princess cuts can often…