8 carat princess cut diamond ring
Ultimate guide to buying an 8 carat princess cut diamond
8 carat princess cut diamonds are a beautiful choice – they sparkle incredibly well, which means that your ring will catch eyes from across any room!
Princess cut are one of the most popular shapes for a 8 carat engagement ring, which means that there is a good supply of stones available and you should be able to find exactly what you are looking for.
It also means that finding the best 8 carat princess cut diamond can mean reviewing and rejecting sub-par stones. That’s where this page will help.
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There are many factors that affect price and value of a 8 carat princess cut diamond.
8 carat princess cut diamond price
As a broad range, the cost of a 8 carat princess cut diamond (from those available at the time we were researching) can vary from $76,000 to $342,000.
To understand how much a 8 carat princess cut diamond costs, we conducted research across three online diamond aggregation services which collectively have over 1,000,000 diamonds available to choose from, and then checked this against the most widely-accepted list of wholesale diamond prices.
It should be noted that VS1 clarity was the highest clarity we could find across any of these retailers when we were researching. It’s likely that a 8 carat princess cut diamond with FL or IF clarity would be priced around $500,000, if you were able to find one.
But even $76,000 to $342,000 is a significant range, and the price you will pay will depend on the color, clarity and the ‘make’ if the stone ie. how well the diamond has been shaped.
With diamonds, you generally get what you pay for, so ‘cheap’ 8 carat princess cut diamonds will likely have a low-price for a reason – this may be significant inclusions (or ‘flaws’), or it may have poor proportions to reflect light and therefore not sparkle well.
But, when buying a diamond, there is always a balance that needs to be found between the 4Cs and the fifth C – cost. Where that balance lies for you is an individual choice, so it can be worth looking at a few options to where you are comfortable compromising, and where you aren’t.
How much do 8 carat princess cut diamonds cost?
The table below will give you an idea of how color and clarity affect a 8 carat princess cut diamond’s price:
If a price doesn’t appear, it means that no diamonds at that spec were available at the time this article was written.
It’s important to recognise that at this carat weight, there can be considerable differences between individual stones with similar specs on paper, so these are very much just a guide.
Factors such as availability at the time you are looking, and then specific of the individual diamond (e.g. the cut quality) will affect the price of any individual stone. However, the prices quoted should be a good guide to understand the relative pricing of different combinations of color and clarity for 8 carat princess cut brilliant diamonds.
8 carat princess cut diamond size
A typical 8 carat princess cut diamond may be around 11.02mm x 11.02mm x 7.93mm.
Here’s how it looks compared to a 7 carat and an 9 carat:
One important thing to understand when you are looking at 8 carat princess cut diamonds is that carat weight is a measure of weight rather than size.
Carat weight is therefore spread out throughout the volume of the stone ie. length, width and depth.
Princess cuts are cut to be deeper than many other diamond shapes, which means that there is less material available to spread out in the other directions.
8 carat princess cut diamond color
Higher carat weight diamonds tend to show up color more easily than smaller stones, especially in the corners where they sparkle less.
If you want to ensure your diamond doesn’t have a yellow tint, it’s important to try and keep the color as high up the scale as possible.
On the other side of the equation is the effect color has on price.
In most shapes, the price difference between an H color, I color and J color diamond can be significant,
With a 8 carat princess cut diamond, the color grade you choose can be dependant on the color of the ring setting you are going to pair the diamond with. If you are choosing a white colored setting (platinum or white gold), then I color delivers a good balance of white appearance and value.
However, if you are choosing a yellow gold setting, then you can reduce the color of your diamond to K without it looking yellow, as it will still look white compared to the warm tones of the setting.
8 carat princess cut diamond clarity
Clarity is a measure of the presence of inclusions (or flaws) within a diamond.
The clarity scale runs:
Princess cut are a brilliant cut, which means that they are optimised to reflect light back from the bottom of the stone in the form of brilliant sparkle. This can mean that inclusions can be difficult to see under the facets, which is a good thing!
A good starting point for 8 carat princess cut diamond clarity is SI1:
However, depending on the diamonds that are available at the time you are looking, you may need to increase this to VS2, or even higher, to ensure that the diamond is ‘eye clean’ and no flaws can be seen.