The Princess cut diamond is one of the most popular styles of engagement rings today behind only the round brilliant cut. In fact, its popularity has grown each year since its introduction in 1960.

It gives a confident and independent look to those who wear it. Whether you’re looking for a solitaire diamond or a highlighted diamond with accent stones, the Princess cut will impress.

The Princess cut is also referred to as the modified square brilliant cut and is considered a mixed cut, meaning that it shares characteristics of both the brilliant cuts and the step cuts. The purpose of mixed cuts is to preserve more of the original carat weight of the diamond, like square and rectangular step cuts do. At the same time, the mixed cuts provide more of the optical effects like the brilliant cuts.

The Barion cut, Radiant cut and Flanders cut are other mixed cuts, but the Princess cut is by far the most successful of the group.

Much of this success is due to its fire and brilliance compared to the other mixed cuts. It is a very brilliant style. It does not lack pizzazz and it will certainly catch the eye of any who glance in its direction. It is also more forgiving of minor flaws and inclusions than the Emerald or Asscher cuts and will continue to dazzle even if you choose a slightly lower graded stone in color or clarity.

Some of the key attributes of the Princess cut are that it is more unique than the round brilliant cut but not at all out dated. You can be confident that you are buying your fiancée a ring that will stand out without seeming old fashioned.

Diamond cutters love the princess cut because very little of the natural diamond is wasted during the cutting process. This usually results in Princess cuts with a higher carat weight than other styles. A lot of digging and effort went into finding that diamond, so why cut too much off and leave it for scrap? Our ever increasing environmentalist culture will appreciate that. After all, diamonds are not exactly a quickly replenishing natural resource.

Princess cut diamonds average about 20-25% less in price than a comparable Round Brilliant cut. This added affordability is certainly a plus when there are so many other expenses associated with an engagement.

One of the drawbacks of the princess cut is that there is no universal standard for how it should be cut. Gemologists around the world have varying ideas on the correct way to form it. However, this has some upside in that it means each ring is more unique and distinctive. In 2005 the American Gem Society (AGS) did develop their own cut and grading standards for how the princess cut should be cut.

Also, you will have a narrower choice of ring settings for this diamond because it is important to choose a setting that protects the four corners of the stone from damage. Four pronged settings are common though and you will still have plenty of beautiful options for holding your princess cut diamond.

So, when evaluating the Princess cut for its price, brilliance and relatively waste free cuts, it really does stand out among engagement ring choices.