(Closed) Solitaire ladies, what looks bigger: round or princess cut?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What cut solitaire ring looks bigger?
    princess : (18 votes)
    18 %
    round : (72 votes)
    73 %
    not much visible difference : (9 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    365 posts
    Helper bee

    If you go by the theoretical measurements, a 1ct round is 6.5mm wide.  A 1ct princess cut is 5.5mm wide.  1mm may not seem like much, but think about the difference in width between a 2mm and 3mm wedding band.  It’s noticeable.

    Your mileage may vary based on the actual diamonds you are looking at, but generally I think rounds appear to face up much larger.

    Post # 4
    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @violet25:  Rounds face up noticeably larger than any other shape, like @morganjenkstamwood:  said. Here’s a chart of diamond carat sizes by shape. However, for this reason (and because they’re the most popular) they’re also more expensive per carat than any other shape…


    Post # 5
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think princess look bigger, it all depends on the setting, (and cut of the diamond) but with corner chevrons -it makes the table look large, IMO.

    Although, my sis has a round that is smaller than mine, but has 6 prongs and it makes it look larger than my round with 4.  I like seeing more of my diamond though.

    Post # 6
    607 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think a more important question would be what shape diamond will face up bigger for the same price.  A princess cut is one of the cheaper cuts, and a round tends to be the most expensive.  So with the same C’s, you could probably get a 1.15ish ct princess for the same price as a 1ct round.  When you think of it that way, even though most folks will tend to say a round faces up larger, they would face up the same, and the princess would likely look larger for the same money. 

    Post # 7
    5159 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Assuming both are ideal/excellent cuts, the round will face up larger and have more top “surface area”. Princesses are cut rather deep, just the nature of the cut.

    Of course, if you are comparing an ideal princess with a poor cut deep/very deep round, your experience will vary!

    As noted above, pricing for rounds will run higher than as for princess cuts (assuming comparable specs) so you may be able to get a larger princess in your budget to make up for the size differential.

    You REALLY should just go with whatever shape you actually prefer, rather than what faces up larger. If it faces up larger but does not “sing to you”, it won’t be as enjoyable to look at anyway for you!

    Post # 8
    2734 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Is there one you’re drawn to the most? I find they are quite different cuts, and a lot just depends on your taste. Round cut optimizes the top surface area for the same carat weight. Good luck with your selection!

    Post # 9
    110 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I agree with all the ladies here, it all depends on how good the cut is of the diamond that will predict how much suface area is shown, poor cut diamonds will have smaller surface area because they are often cut deeper. Either way they will be so close in size, so just go with what you like best. I have a princess and to get the same specs in a round diamond it would have been over $30g’s so i saved myself over $8g’s going with princess, which was what i wanted so it was a win win for me. Its all personal prefrence, there isnt one stone shape thats better than the other, there all gorgeous 🙂

    Post # 10
    4350 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Post # 11
    14976 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think by the time a diamond of any shape faces up the same size though, they are pretty similar in price, regardless of the carat weight.  For example, the round 1 ct and the princess 1.5 ct face up about the same size, and will be about the same price range I believe, but with a princess…you can say you have more carats.

    Post # 12
    1595 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @pinkshoes:  I have heard this as well!

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