Definitive Guide to the Princess Cut Diamond (2022)

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read

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The princess cut diamond shape is a striking, elegant choice, and a princess cut engagement ring can be a beautiful way to recognize and celebrate your romance and relationship. The more you know about princess cut engagement ring meaning and symbolism, the more you will realize just how significant the choice of this diamond shape can be.

What You Need To Know--

Vintage princess cut wedding band 

What is a Princess Cut?

Technically known as the square modified brilliant cut, the princess cut is a relatively new diamond shape. While square variations have been around much longer, the cut we know as the princess was first created in the 1960s, and further modified to its current design in 1980. The cut is visually square, though its exact proportions may vary minimally but it still appears square to the naked eye.



The corners of the princess cut are sharp, and the sides are beveled with elegant chevrons. This creates an X shape when the stone is viewed from above, and it has high fire and brilliance within its depth. Because the cut’s overall shape mimics the natural crystalline structure of diamond, princess cuts are often more affordable than other shapes, as they require less refined cutting and manipulation to achieve their final shape.


Color and Clarity

Furthermore, the outstanding brilliance of the princess cut helps hide internal flaws, inclusions, and poor color in the stone. This often makes princess cut diamonds more affordable than other stone shapes of similar carat weights.


Princess Cut Meaning and Symbolism

The square shape of a princess cut diamond may be simple, but there’s nothing simple about its symbolism. Couples can consider the shape’s meaning in a variety of ways as they choose an engagement ring, including….


•  Shape Symbolism 

The geometric square that is a perfect princess cut is a solid, symmetric shape. Often representing building blocks or firm foundations, this makes the princess cut the perfect foundation for any couple building their life together.

  Spiritual Symbolism 

The number four, represented by the four sides of the princess cut, offers spiritual balance in a number of faiths around the world. The sides can also represent the four cardinal directions, the four seasons, or the four essential elements – earth, air, fire, and water – for timeless spirituality.


  Personality Symbolism 

The crisp, sharp lines of a princess cut diamond perfectly symbolize a modern, edgy personality, with a touch of trendiness and fashionable flair. This bold shape is also ideal for a strong, bold leader, but has a hint of flirtiness as well.

  Celebrity Symbolism 

Despite its royal name, the princess cut isn’t commonly found in royal jewelry because it’s a more modern cut than diamonds found in crown jewels and royal heirloom pieces. Still, modern royalty – celebrities – often favor the princess cut, including reality television star Snooki, actress and songwriter Hilary Duff, model Kate Bosworth, comedienne Sherri Shepherd, and actress Katrina Bowden. Any couple who chooses a princess cut engagement ring is in fine company with such Hollywood glamour.

Tacori engagement ring

Choosing a Princess Cut Engagement Ring

Today, princess cut diamonds are the second-most popular shape for engagement rings, just behind the classic round brilliant. In fact, nearly one-third of couples choose a princess cut engagement ring. This is a very versatile diamond shape, and looks just as vibrant as a solitaire engagement ring as it does in other ring styles. Princess cuts are particularly popular for three stone rings, halo settings, and wedding bands to complement a matching engagement ring. The shape pairs well with other accents, including baguettes, emerald-cut stones, or trilliants, as well as other princess cuts. This range of styles gives couples many options to choose from in a princess cut engagement ring, and princess cut stones could even be reset into antique or heirloom engagement rings if desired.

With so many choices and so much beauty in this diamond shape, any couple fond of the princess cut is sure to find an engagement ring rich with the symbolism they want to start their happily ever after.


Princess Cut Rings For Everyone

No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.


Find The Perfect Engagement Ring

Antique diamond rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of princess cut diamond rings today.


Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.

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