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Princess-Cut and Cushion-Cut Engagement Rings: Which One’s More Your Style?

These sparkling squares have earned themselves die-hard popularity among the engagement ring crowd. They’re beloved by everyone from divas to dreamers – so which are you?

There’s a reason (well, quite a few!) why princess-cut diamonds and cushion-cut diamonds are two of the most beloved cuts. In fact, after the round brilliant, they’re the most popular diamond shapes for engagement rings.

Princess-cut:

  • The princess-cut diamond is bold and square/rectangular, with beveled edges that resemble a pyramid turned on its peak. 
  • The princess cut’s square shape takes up room, looking larger for its carat weight than other cuts.
  • The modern princess cut skyrocketed to popularity in the 1980s
  • Princess-cut and round diamonds begin as the same brilliant shape. To create a princess cut, cutters create sharp corners rather than smoothing out a diamond’s edges as they would for a round cut.
  • The number of facets can vary between individual princess cut diamonds, making each diamond undeniably unique. 

Cushion-cut:

  • The cushion-cut diamond is, as the name implies, pillow-shaped
  • Its squarish shape, rounded corners, and large facets combine to give off an air of soft elegance
  • The many facets of a cushion-cut engagement ring hide inclusions without sacrificing brilliance. In fact, word has it that the cushion cut’s large facets came from its predecessor, the Old Mine Cut, so that it could shine even in the low candlelight of the mines in which it was developed.
  • This classic goes way back – nearly 200 years!

So- bold and brilliant, or soft and romantic? Have a look at the five trending settings below and see whether princess-cut or cushion-cut best suits your personal style.

SPLIT-SHANK SOLITAIRE

Princess-Cut

Cushion-Cut

14K Rose Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

CATHEDRAL PAVÉ

Princess-Cut

Cushion-Cut

EMBOSSED BEZEL

Princess-Cut

14K Yellow Gold Embossed Diamond Engagement Ring

Cushion-Cut

14K Yellow Gold Embossed Diamond Engagement Ring

CHANNEL-SET

Princess-Cut

14K White Gold Channel Set Round Diamond Engagement Ring

Cushion-Cut

14K White Gold Channel Set Princess Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

OCTAGON HALO

Princess-Cut

14K White Gold Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Cushion-Cut

14K White Gold Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Do princess-cut diamonds make you royally flush? Are you swooning over cushion-cut engagement rings? Read more below!

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A Slice Of Clarity: Emerald-Cut Diamond Pavé Engagement Rings

The emerald cut isn’t reserved for only the verdant gem; this clarity-flaunting cut has been a diamond’s choice form since the 1940s. And an emerald-cut diamond’s BFF? Pavé, of course!

Emerald-Cut Diamond Pavé Engagement Rings

The popularity of emerald engagement rings is rising as style-savvy ring shoppers draw inspiration from the glamour of days past. This retro, stepped shape displays a striking “hall of mirrors” effect that gives emerald-cut diamond engagement rings a truly unique shine. 

Emerald-cut diamonds can rock any setting, and pavé is top of the list. A pavé setting’s small, round sparklers peerlessly complement an emerald-cut diamond’s rectangular shape.

Emerald-Cut Diamond FYI:

  • An emerald-cut diamond’s limited facets tend to reveal inclusions, making it the perfect cut for flaunting a diamond’s clarity
  • Emerald-cut diamonds reveal color more easily than other shapes do, so choose a high color grade if you’re setting your diamond in white metal. However, setting a “warmer” diamond in yellow or rose gold will make the diamond appear more colorless.
  • An emerald-cut diamond’s length creates the optical illusion of elegantly “elongating” the wearer’s fingers.

Keep scrolling to see our customers’ picks for their favorite emerald-cut diamond pavé engagement rings:

Perfect Pavé

14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

“This ring is absolutely gorgeous. It is perfect and elegant for small hands.
– Kent P.

Pavé Cross-Over

14K White Gold Twin Pave Cross Over Diamond Engagement Ring

“There are pavé rings, and then there is this ring. This is a pavé with a twist!”
– Carl L.

Tapered Pavé

“My now-fiancé absolutely loved her ring, and cannot stop looking at it!!! Everyone who sees her ring says it’s stunning and that I knocked it out of the park.”
– Lance B.

Split-Shank Pavé

14K White Gold Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

“The delicate, low profile setting was a perfect choice for my fiancée’s active lifestyle. The simple but sparkly band compliments the diamond, making it the star of the show.”
– Gregg J.

Twisted Pavé

14K White Gold Twisted Pave Engagement Ring

“My now-fiancée has had loads of compliments on the ring already! The setting sparkles beautifully in the light and the twisted band is beautifully intricate.
– Joe B.

Three-Sided Pavé

14K White Gold Bar Set And Three Sided Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

“This ring has this incredible vintage feel to it. It has an old kind of glamor that is exactly my taste and is still edgy in its own way.”
– Juliana J.

Pavé Halo

14K White Gold Falling Edge Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

“In person, this setting is BREATHTAKING. The falling edge is such a unique and quaint detail, and even the underneath has a little flare!”
– Matthew P.

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