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Want to know everything about getting a princess cut diamond engagement ring before you purchase it?

Guide to Princess Cut Engagement Rings

Buying a diamond engagement ring is part of a much larger decision that goes far beyond jewelry, tradition, or money. The round solitaire diamond is a beautiful classic engagement ring style and chosen by many people. All diamonds have facets, which allow the light to enter it and refract a rainbow of colors, making it brilliant. A better cut will have a great effect on the beauty of the diamond. The princess cut is one of the most recent innovations in diamond jewelry, particularly princess-cut diamond engagement rings. Princess cut engagement rings are non-traditional but are also classy and stylish.

Princess cut explained:

Cut is what gives a diamond its sparkle. The most traditional cut of diamond for an engagement ring is the princess cut diamond. This petite cut is cute and works nicely in a solitaire, but oval, marquise, and square or rectangular emerald cuts now are common as well.

The cut is distinguished by its square shape, a result of mixing both the classic step and brilliant cuts to design the stone. Step cuts form ridges along the edges of the diamond while leaving a flat top, while brilliant cuts incorporate more facets to increase the diamond's sparkle and fire. The combination of these two Diamond Cuts gives a princess diamond approximately fifty facets - less than a classic round cut, but more than a rectangular emerald cut.

Because the sharp corners of a diamond are vulnerable to chips, princess cut diamonds are frequently set with the prongs at the corners. The stones can be aligned parallel to the ring's band or angled to present a "diamond" shape, which is slightly more unusual. A subtle variation of the princess cut diamond is the radiant cut, which is still square but incorporates rounded corners that are less prone to damage and can be mounted in different patterns.

Princess cut engagement rings can also be set using channels- the diamonds are set into the band and not supported by prongs, because the stones are square, several of them can be aligned together without any gaps between the stones, creating a shimmering line of "diamond fire". This is especially popular for wedding bands in bridal sets as well as men's wedding bands. Princess cut diamond engagement rings are customizable and can be paired with various diamonds and precious stones to produce a unique style.

Is princess cut engagement rings expensive?

The mixed cut design of princess-cut diamonds allows the stone to hide more imperfections- including minor flaws in Diamond and Inclusions and slight coloring. Because the additional facets add brilliance and increase the diamond's inherent sparkle, flaws are less noticeable and it is possible to have a gorgeous ring for a less expensive price because the stone isn't as perfect as it would need to be for a round or other shape. Additionally, setting the diamonds in channels helps hide minor imperfections and reduce the ring's cost.

Princess cut engagement rings vary in cost and are also one of the least expensive diamond shapes to create. The square stone actually preserves more of the diamond's natural crystal structure, requiring less time to cut and polish. This will lower the final price of the diamond because it does not take as much preparation to produce as more elaborate shapes.

Of course, engagement ring price varies according to many factors, not just the cut and size of the center stone. Because many princess cut engagement rings are set with additional side stones, the total carat weight of all those stones is added to formulate a final price. While a princess cut may at first seem a more economical option, adding numerous accent stones can drastically increase the price.