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CUSHION-CUT VS. PRINCESS-CUT DIAMONDS

Learn about how cushion-cut and princess-cut diamonds compare with our helpful guide!

Find out HOW CUSHION-CUT AND PRINCESS-CUT DIAMONDS COMPARE

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CUSHION-CUT VS. PRINCESS-CUT DIAMONDS: KEY DIFFERENCES

 

Finding the perfect diamond engagement ring starts with choosing your ideal diamond shape. Cushion-cut and princess-cut diamonds are two highly sought-after shapes, admired by celebrities and everyday couples alike. Get to know how these diamond shapes compare and learn what makes each one an attractive engagement ring option, so you can choose the shape that celebrates your unique love story.

An example of cushion-cut diamond without a setting

An example of a princess-cut diamond without a setting

SHAPE

Also called pillow-cut diamonds, cushion-cut diamonds feature a square or rectangular face with rounded corners, resembling a soft, pillow-like shape.

Princess-cut diamonds feature a square or slightly rectangular face with four pointed corners, offering a more modern, geometric shape.
 

POPULARITY

The cushion-cut diamond is the fourth-most popular diamond shape in the United States. Immensely popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the cushion-cut diamond is making a comeback, largely thanks to a myriad of celebrities seen sporting opulent cushion-cut diamond engagement rings.

Even though it didn’t emerge until the 1970s, the princess-cut diamond is a highly coveted engagement ring style among celebrities and modern-minded couples. The princess-cut diamond is the second-most popular diamond shape, behind the round-cut diamond.
 

STYLE

Given its historical popularity and recent resurgence, the cushion-cut diamond is celebrated for its vintage charm. The unique shape and soft corners of a cushion-cut diamond give it an elegant, romantic look.

As a relatively new diamond shape, the princess-cut diamond is admired for its contemporary, fashionable style. With crisp lines and pointed corners, the princess-cut diamond offers a more modern, geometrical look.
 

PRICE

Cushion-cut diamonds and princess-cut diamonds are similarly priced, and both generally cost less per carat than a round-cut diamond. This is due to the fact that the round-cut diamond is in high demand as the most popular diamond shape. Round-cut diamonds also have a higher production cost, since they require more material to create their shape from the rough diamond. A round-cut diamond will only retain about 40% of the rough diamond after the cutting process, whereas a princess-cut diamond will retain about 80%.


SETTINGS

The rounded edges of cushion-cut diamonds lend well to a variety of ring settings. Princess-cut diamonds also look great in a range of ring settings; however, its four sharp corners can be prone to chipping. For added protection, you might consider a bezel or four-prong ring setting. For larger stones of either shape, a six-prong setting will provide extra protection.

Some of the most popular settings for both cushion-cut and princess-cut diamond engagement rings include:

  • Solitaire: A single diamond takes center stage in this classic setting.
  • Three-Stone: Two side stones flank the center stone, accentuating its beauty. 
  • Halo: A halo of smaller stones surround the larger center stone for a standout style.
An example of a typical setting for a cushion-cut diamond ring

A SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON

Here’s how cushion-cut diamonds and princess-cut diamonds compare at a glance.


KAY Diamond Comparison cushion-cut Diamonds princess-cut Diamonds
Shape Square with rounded corners Square with pointed corners
Popularity Fourth-most popular Second-most popular
Style Vintage, elegant Modern, on-trend
Price Comparison (of comparable quality and size) $$ $$
Independently Certified Yes* Yes*
100% Conflict-Free Yes Yes
KAY Responsible Sourcing Commitment Yes Yes
Industry Sourcing Standards Established Yes In Development
Included in the Lifetime Diamond Commitment Yes Yes
Eligible for Trade-In Yes No
*Select styles & carat weights

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