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Is a Square Cut Diamond Right for My Engagement Ring?

Rachel Akmakjian


Rachel Akmakjian

A square cut diamond can give your engagement ring a sleek, angular look that’s cool and modern. But what exactly is a square diamond cut? Well, there are actually several diamond cuts with a square shape…princess, radiant, cushion, and Asscher cut diamonds all have square-shaped silhouettes. And here’s the thing, they’re all VERY different when it comes to their overall look (not to mention their varying price tags). Find out which square cut diamond you like the best and decide if it’s right for your engagement ring.



What You Will Learn

What is a square shape diamond called?

Let’s talk about some diamond cuts that have a square shape. 

First, there are princess cut diamonds. This is the diamond shape that is a true square with four sharp corners. 

Then there are radiant cut diamonds. This shape looks like a princess cut but with its corners cropped. Both the princess and radiant are a type of square brilliant cut diamond. Similar to round brilliant cuts, they’re made with lots of tiny facets to reflect the light and shimmer.   

Loose Diamond Shapes Assorted

Next, there’s the cushion cut – this diamond is squarish but its corners and edges are much more rounded. 

Finally, there are Asscher and emerald cut diamonds – these square shaped diamonds are different because they’re step cuts. Instead of many light-reflecting facets, they’re made with long, straight cuts that resemble steps. Step cut diamonds don’t sparkle brilliantly like the other cuts, instead, they have a flashy, fiery kind of shine that some people prefer in an engagement ring. 


Princess Cut Diamonds Radiant Cut Diamonds Cushion Cut Diamonds Asscher Cut Diamonds Emerald Cut Diamonds
Shape Square Square or rectangle with cut corners Rounded square Square or rectangle with cut corners Rectangle 
Cut Details 57 facets 70 smaller facets 58 larger facets Step cut Step cut
Sparkle Brilliant, glittery Brilliant,


Brilliant, glittery Fiery, flashy Fiery, flashy

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Who should wear a square cut engagement ring?

Square cut diamond rings can be a great choice for anyone who loves the geometric look of a square or wants a diamond ring with a unique shape. Square diamonds don’t have the visual effect of making your hands or fingers appear more slender. For that effect, look to more elongated diamond shapes like ovals or rectangles. 

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Which celebrities have square cut diamonds for engagement rings?

  • Vanessa Hudgens wears a gorgeous emerald cut diamond on a gold band
  • Jennifer Lopez received a massive green cushion cut diamond ring from Ben Affleck
  • Gwyneth Paltrow wore an 8 carat weight Asscher cut before her “conscious uncoupling” from Chris Martin
  • Hilary Duff wears a stunning radiant cut engagement ring
  • Sherri Shepherd wears a princess cut diamond engagement ring set in platinum

Are square diamonds cheaper than round?

Round brilliant cut diamonds tend to top out at the most expensive. This is because of the large amount of rough diamond that must be cut away to make one. They’re also the most popular which drives their price up too. Radiant diamonds on the other hand are frequently touted as the least popular cut, so look for bargains there. 

Another way to save money? Buy a diamond that looks larger than it is. Typically, the more elongated cut diamonds appear larger than round diamonds of the same carat weight.

And remember, looking for less sought-after diamond cuts can be a great way to find savings when buying your diamond.

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Do I need insurance for a square cut diamond?

Buying an engagement ring is not only a symbol of your love but also a financial investment. And as with all investments, responsibility is key. 

BriteCo offers affordable, comprehensive jewelry insurance that’s been voted the best by Brides Magazine. Our policy offers worldwide coverage for loss, theft, damage, and mysterious disappearance. 

Get an instant free quote for an affordable monthly or annual payment and get coverage in minutes. 

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Rachel's expertise is further enhanced by her distinction as a Graduate Gemologist from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA), equipping her with exceptional knowledge in gem identification and grading. Her education and experiences have given her an in-depth understanding of the demands and expectations facing jewelers and customers in today’s evolving retail marketplace.