Princess Solitaire Diamond Ring
Princess cut diamonds are the second most popular diamond shape after round in diamond engagement solitaire rings.
Many women like the straight lines and pointed corners of this perfect square cut. It has a bold look and a pleasant face up scintillation.
Though not as brilliant as a round diamond, it's faceup pattern of light return is of a different character altogether. It looks as if it has more facets than around diamond because the patches of light and dark seemed to be in slivers.
In a Princess cut, the most desirable shape is a perfect square from a face up point of view. Many princesses that are not well cut have a slightly rectangular shape because the cutter was trying to save weight from the rough.
Princess Diamond Geometric Styling
The geometric style and shape appeal of a square Princess cut diamond is what draws many people to get this diamond as a center stone for their solitaire diamond ring.
A Princess diamond bags for a different type of mounting altogether. It needs a mounting that will flatter the straight edges of the square diamond look.
So instead of curvy twists of metal, a Princess solitaire diamond ring will have more of a straight line look with 30°, 60° and 90° angles to complement the square look. This is why you see many Princess cut Center diamonds flanked with a pair of trilliant diamonds.
This is because there is hardly a center stone shape that looks as good with trilliant side diamonds as does the Princess cut. This geometric style of engagement Ring is considered bolder, edgier and perhaps even more contemporary than the softer look of a round solitaire diamond ring.
Invisible Set Princess Cut Diamonds
Another nice thing about Princess cut diamond center stone is that it goes well with invisibly set smaller Princess cut diamonds in a white gold solitaire diamond ring.
Smaller Princess cut diamonds generally under 20 points each are popularly set next to each other in rows with no metal in between giving a pure and brilliant diamond surface unencumbered by prongs, channels or any other type of setting evidence.
Many women like this bright reflective look especially when the surfaces are geometric in shape as they are inclined to be since they are comprised of small square diamonds that are set next to each other.
So you will see this type of setting in square shapes, diamond shapes and channel shapes. It contributions to a bigger diamond look in solitaire diamond rings without adding much to the price because small princesses cost less but are being combined edge to edge to give the look of a bigger diamond.
Princess Solitaire Diamond Ring Alternatives
If you're looking for a square shape diamond for your diamond engagement solitaire ring but but find the straight edges of the princess cut too hard there are alternatives that give a squarish shape appeal but with a softer look.
The two options that come to mind are the emerald cut and the cushion cut solitaire diamonds. Although emerald cut diamonds are typically oblong, you can find these octagon shaped diamonds with close to equal length and width dimensions.
It may not be a perfect square but for the most part would not be noticeable, especially when you have the typical big bright flashes of light coming from the pavilion of this cut of diamond.
Cushion cut diamonds have made somewhat of a comeback and feature prominently on the red carpet with many celebrities adopting this cut of diamond in their engagement or anniversary ring.
The other step cut diamond that is also rising in popularity is the asccher cut. Its a step cut like the emerald cut but is far more interesting to look at because of the greater number of facets on its slightly deeper pavilion.
Chevron or Bezel Setting for Your Princess Cut Solitaire ?
Two of the most popular types of solitaire diamond ring settings for princess center diamonds in a solitaire diamond wedding ring or anniversary rings include the classic chevron set princess with its four corners folded securely into the "V" shaped corner prong.
It is a setting that allows as much of the princess diamond to be shown without compromising the fragility of its pointed corners. Of course you could use regular prongs but for an important princess diamond of a carat or more this would not be the safest way to go.
Women love pave settings and a princess diamond/pave diamond combination in a solitaire diamond ring setting 1 is most popular with the bezel set princess diamond. The bezel around the edges of the princess cut diamond is lined with a row of pave set half pointer round diamonds. These diamonds are small enough to provide a nice scintillating frame around the princess diamond without detracting from it.
The metal of choice for either of these two types of settings should ideally be platinum. When protecting the corners of a princess cut diamond, there is no better metal to go with than platinum.
A princess cut diamond in a princess solitaire diamond ring can have a steep pavilion and may need to be set higher in your ring mounting than a round. This being the case this gives it more exposure to the knocks and bumps that the head of your engagement ring will receive over its lifetime.
Platinum is denser than gold and will bend rather than break. It does not wear down as quickly and will not need prong re tipping for far longer than gold will.
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