Princess diamonds are quickly catching up to rounds as one of the more popular diamond shapes. Princess stones arc a more modern look, but can be paired with solitaire or vintage bands for a new take on a traditional ring. Of all the square-shaped diamonds, the faceting of princess stones comes the closest to producing the brilliance and sparkle of a round diamond.
Princess stones arc slightly less expensive per carat than round stones since they can be cut with less rough diamond waste than their round counterparts. In addition, because of their larger corner-to-corner measurements, princess stones often look larger than a round or cushion stone of the same carat weight.
Princess stones range in length to width ratio from a perfect 1.00 to over 1.08, at which point a princess stone will no longer look square. They arc characterized by pointed corners, which should be protected by prongs when set.
The following tables provide additional guidance for understanding the cut, color, and clarity of princess stones.