The Linneys Guide to Princess Cut Diamonds

For generations we have been told ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ and it’s hard to deny the intrinsic beauty of these gorgeous gems. Made from a single element (carbon) diamonds are formed under immense heat and pressure far below the surface of the earth, bonding the carbon atoms in a unique way, resulting in diamonds’ stunning crystalline structure.

Princess Cut Diamonds

Princess Cut Diamonds

The princess cut is one of the most popular style of diamond cuts and is characterised by a square or rectangular top (crown). As its design requires more of the carat weight to be directed towards the base of the stone to maximize brilliance, princess cut stones can appear slightly smaller than a round brilliant stone of the same carat weight.

Despite this, princess cut diamonds retain approximately 80% of the original rough diamond crystal compared to the round brilliant’s 50%, making princess cut diamonds better value weight for weight.

Princess cuts diamond engagement rings account for almost 30% of all engagement rings, due to their clean lines and glamourous sparkle.


The princess cut is a generic cut, meaning it hasn't been patented by or attributed to one particular designer. First emerging in the early 1960s, it has its basis in the 15th Century french cut, which was used to create square or rectangular stones with a ‘cross’ pattern clearly visible in the crown. The modern-day princess cut has more facets, giving it generous sparkle.

Why buy a Princess Cut Diamond?


A contemporary classic, a princess cut diamond ring is both fashionable and elegant. Featuring a clean, sparkling style that’s designed to last, a princess cut gives you fire, iridescence and sparkle of a round brilliant cut in a neat, modern package. This cut is suitable for almost all hand types, and also makes a statement when worn as earrings.

There are many types of setting suitable for princess cut diamonds, giving you a range of setting options. However, unlike other square styles (emerald and radiant cuts) the princess cut doesn’t have clipped corners, and as sharp corners are a point of weakness so ensure your stones is protected by the setting.

Commitment to Quality Ethical Diamonds

Linneys are committed to selecting only premium quality diamonds from guaranteed sources. The Kimberley Process is a United Nations mandated forum, with a focus on stemming the flow of conflict diamonds into the international market. When purchasing a diamond from Linneys, know that you are buying a quality, hand selected stone from a conflict-free source.

Why choose Linneys for your princess cut diamond engagement rings?

Our award-winning jewellers’ experience, skill and expertise are tantamount to the high quality of Linneys jewellery. Our diamonds are individually selected by our certified diamond specialists and only the best princess cut diamonds pass our rigorous quality control.

Contact us for more information regarding princess cut diamonds in Perth.