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As the name suggests, these diamonds are fit for royalty. Princess-cut diamonds feature a square top, four beveled sides, and a point resembling an upside-down pyramid beneath the surface of the stone. These sparklers are traditional, yet unique enough for women who prefer a popular style with a classic twist. Because they use a large amount of uncut stone, these diamonds are often less expensive than stones of a comparable carat weight. Princess-cut engagement rings have a timeless look to them and make an excellent shape for diamond engagement rings.
Clean Origin’s Selection Of Princess-Cut Diamonds
Due to their eye-catching-yet simple appearance, princess-cut diamonds work well with nearly any setting. Our selection contains over five hundred princess-cut diamonds to choose from, with many matching settings from our solitaire, halo, classic, and vintage collections. Choose a plain solitaire to let her stylish stone shine or a distinct halo setting that will steal the show—either way, you’ll find the pairing (and price) of your dreams with Clean Origin.
Princess-Cut Diamonds - The 4 C’s
As with any diamond shape, the overall quality and value of a princess-cut diamond is determined by four factors: cut, clarity, color, and carat. Together, these are known as the 4 C’s.
Cut — While the shape of a diamond refers to its physical appearance, the diamond cut refers to how a diamond’s features interact with light. Clean Origin only offers diamonds at or above a good cut quality; good, very good, excellent, or ideal are the four available options. While there is not an official GIA rating for princess-cut diamonds, we provide a rating system for our princess diamonds to help you determine how well it shines — but you’ll want to look at the stone yourself to decide whether it has what it takes to put a sparkle in your loved one’s eye.
Clarity — Clarity refers to the number of inclusions and blemishes in a particular stone. Each princess-cut diamond will have a different amount of these flaws, ranging from SI2 (having the largest amount) to VVS1 (having the least). While princess-cut diamonds hide flaws better than a round diamond might be sure that your stone passes the “eye test” once you see it; you should not be able to spot any flaws when you examine the stone yourself. If the stone appears clean to the naked eye, then you should be good to go.
Color — In this case, color refers to the absence of color in a diamond. Using an alphabetic scale starting at D (completely colorless) and ranging all the way down to Z (noticeably yellow), diamond experts are able to grade a diamond’s color and value. Clean Origin only offers diamonds from D through J on the scale. While the choice of color in a diamond is very subjective, keep in mind that princess diamonds can hide some color, but are not capable of disguising it all.
Carat — Carat refers to the weight of the diamond, though purchasers often think of carats in terms of size. One of the best assets of princess-cut diamonds is that they often cost less than other stones, due to the amount of uncut stone they use. As an added bonus, when you purchase a lab-grown princess diamond, you can save an additional 20-30%. This means that you can purchase the kind of diamond that will sweep your loved one off her feet — without wiping out your bank account.
Buyers Tips for Princess-Cut Diamonds
The cut of a princess-cut diamond is one of its greatest advantages; not only is it both modern and elegant, but it uses more uncut stone than the typical diamond, lowering the overall price of your jewelry. However, the stone does have sharp corners that need to be protected — especially if your loved one has an extremely hands-on career or hobby. Thankfully, most settings, and especially V-prong settings, will keep the stone safe no matter which conditions your princess-cut ring is worn in.
Princess Lab-Grown Diamonds
Lab-grown diamonds have identical chemical makeup and appearance as mined diamonds. This means that when you compare two diamonds of the same shape, you will look for the exact same cut, clarity, color, and carat qualities. However, lab-grown diamonds have an added benefit: Princess diamonds are already sold at a lower cost than other shaped diamonds, but lab-grown diamonds can add a 20-30% discount on top of that. Because of a much shorter supply chain, princess-cut lab-grown diamonds have the same qualities as mined diamonds at a more affordable price, allowing purchasers to surprise their significant others with a larger diamond than they thought possible.