Out of all the different diamond shapes, have you landed on a stunning Princess shape for your forever adornment? After hours of research on a cushion cut vs princess style,  you might be curious as to which elegant engagement ring settings look best with this classic square-cut stone. Below, we've outlined the best settings for a Princess cut simulated diamond engagement ring or wedding band.

A princess cut simulated diamond featured in three different settings

What Is a Princess Cut Ring?

So what is a princess cut ring anyways? A versatile cut that looks stunning in various carat sizes, the Princess cut is one of the most popular diamond cuts in the world. Traditionally square, Princess cuts are especially brilliant as they yield a large percentage of the stone’s original weight to ensure ultimate fire. In terms of diamond jewelry, brilliance, and cut quality, the princess cut diamond ring might be the perfect diamond shape for you.


Why Are Princess Cut Diamonds Cheaper?

On average, Princess cut diamonds cost less per carat than Round cuts. This price difference occurs because Princess cut diamonds mirror a rough diamond’s shape, making it less labor-intensive to polish than a Round cut diamond.

Another reason that Princess cut Diamonds are cheaper than the sought after Round cut is simply because they offer slightly less sparkle. However, this difference is nearly impossible to tell to the untrained eye and doesn’t take away from the Princess cut’s notable elegance.


What Is the Best Setting for a Princess Cut Diamond?

Already majestic by nature, the Princess cut’s beauty is enhanced even more with the right setting. Take a look at this list of Princess cut settings and discover why these rings are worthy of a fairy tale.

Solitaire

Princess Cuts steal the show with a classic solitaire setting. Known for their simplicity, solitaires are accent-less bands that are available in all of your favorite gold such as white, yellow, and rose gold. This setting will draw attention to a Princess cut and can create the illusion of a larger carat weight. Solitaires also offer some of the best comforts as the band’s rounded edges are smooth and snag-free.

Classic solitaire princess cut setting

Channel

Looking for an extra hint of sparkle? Channel set engagement rings feature accent diamonds or gemstones for some added pop along your ring’s band. This setting gets its name from the placement of accent stones within a “channel” that is created by two strips of metal. This setting is fairly customizable and often features a sleek metal band with baguette or round diamonds used to fill the channel. A channel setting is a great way to amplify a Princess cut’s allure thanks to the stark contrast between its sleek metal border and the glam and glitz of additional diamonds.

Channel princess cut setting

Halo

For the person who likes to stand out from the crowd, a halo cut setting rivals the twinkle of the night sky with a center gemstone surrounded by elegant accent diamonds. Pair this with the sought after Princess cut diamond and you have a ring that is #trending. Bigger is better with this setting as accent diamonds create the illusion of a larger center stone. In addition to your regular halo setting, there are also double halos and halos with floral details and halos.

Halo princess cut setting

Vintage

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… a vintage set Princess cut engagement ring might not fit the bill for the something old category, but rings in this setting do give off a retro vibe. Vintage settings highlight the charm and style of old-school designs and can be crafted using various gemstones and metals. A vintage set Princess cut diamond ring is the perfect amalgam of old meets new.

Vintage princess cut setting

Classic Prong

They don’t call it a classic setting for nothing. The classic prong is the most common setting type among engagement rings. This setting works exceptionally well for Princess cut diamonds as it allows more light to pass through the stone thanks to the use of less metal than other settings. The classic prong secures the Princess cut diamond in place using four prongs that typically come in a v-shape as opposed to pointed or flat prongs that might be suited for different cuts.

Classic prong princess cut setting

Three-Stone

Why should you settle for one stone when you can have three? With two large accent stones on either side of the center Princess cut diamond, this setting is exactly as the name implies. The three-stone diamond setting also allows for some creativity as you can personalize the ring with the addition of colored side stones like emeralds, rubies, or sapphires.

Three stone princess cut setting

Are Princess Cut Diamonds Popular?

Simply put, Princess cut diamonds are incredibly popular among elegant engagement ring buyers. This cut comes second only to the Round cut diamond and looks amazing paired with just about any setting.



*Here at Diamond Nexus, we strive to provide valuable information while being clear and honest about our products. The Nexus Diamond™ alternative is a patented lab created diamond simulate that, among all simulants, most closely imitates the look, weight and wear of a diamond, with two exceptions - it is absolutely perfect in every way, and it costs significantly less. Price points and environmental facts expressed in this blog were taken from popular online retailers and may vary. Learn more about the environmental impact of mining by visiting our blog.