Princess Cut or Emerald Cut – Which Diamond do you prefer?

We all know that different diamond shapes and cuts can change the look of an engagement ring, so in today’s post we’re going to look at two diamonds with the same shape but different cuts. These two diamonds in question are the classic princess cut diamond and the timeless emerald cut diamond. Although the shapes of the two stones are very similar, their cuts are a different story and boast different qualities when it comes to dazzle and appearance.

The Princess Cut Diamond

princess cut diamond engagement ring This is perhaps one of the most used diamond cuts for engagement rings and other diamond jewellery settings. Like the emerald, the shape of the stone is square or rectangular but has a modern brilliant cut designed to add maximum sparkle to the diamond. The diamond cut has become a classic stone, which was first introduced in the 1980s and is often regarded as the runner up to the round brilliant cut diamond for those that love square shape. The cut is basically a square version of the round brilliant cut diamond and to get the perfect shape we recommend a typical length to width ratio of 1.0mm to 1.05mm.

The Emerald Cut Diamond

emerald cut diamond engagement ring Although the emerald cut diamond has a similar shape to the princess cut, its cut is very different. The diamonds cut is called a ‘step cut’ which was the first to be used in jewellery. The cut can only be compared to a resemble stair steps when viewed from above with is series of long flat lines that graduate in size. The emerald is usually comprised of 57 facets and will appear less fiery then the brilliance of a princess cut. In fact the cut has more dramatic flashes of light with its flat broad lines. To get the most out of this diamond we recommend a length to width ratio between 1.30 to 1.50 and an excellent clarity grade as inclusions are easy to see.