What Is a Princess Cut Diamond?

Created in 1981 by Betzalel Ambar and Israel Itskowitz, the princess cut diamond is a modern square modified brilliant cut diamond. A diamond is classified as "modified" by grading labs such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or American Gem Society (AGS) when the diamond's facets are arranged in a non-standard way, and a diamond is classified as "brilliant" when the number (over 57) and pattern of facets reflect light in an exceptionally attractive way. With its unique, mesmerizing facets and contemporary square shape, the princess diamond has superior scintillation; in other words, it really sparkles.

How Big Is a Half-Carat Princess Cut Diamond?

Because the princess cut diamond has so many facets, it has a higher yield than rough diamonds with fewer facets, which results in a more affordable stone. This affordability, coupled with the cut's exceptional sparkle, has earned the princess cut diamond a spot among the most popular choices for engagement rings today. A half-carat princess cut solitaire diamond's physical face (that is, the top part seen when the diamond has been set in a ring), measures approximately 4.4 mm by 4.4 mm. For comparison purposes, the physical face would be a little smaller than the area of a standard pencil eraser (5 mm), and each side of the physical face would be a little longer than the height of two nickels stacked on top of each other (4 mm). 

Is a Half-Carat Princess Cut Diamond Big Enough?

Ultimately, diamond size comes down to a matter of personal preference. Some may find that a simple, half-carat solitaire princess cut diamond set in a plain band is attractive enough on its own, while some others may want a larger carat size or a halo of other stones around the center to add even more shine to the ring.

If you're searching for an affordable diamond for your engagement, contact us to learn more about the benefits of choosing a half-carat princess cut diamond.