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Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Rings - The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift

Updated on January 6, 2011

What Are Princess Cut Engagement Rings

When one thinks of princess cut engagement rings they envision a young prince asking for a princess's hand in marriage.

With an exquisite cut that shows off the sheer beauty and luster of the diamond, it's no wonder we see it as a token of royalty, far beyond the means of the common man. And while many have invented fanciful stories that tell the history of princess cut engagement rings, the real truth is far less sparkling in nature.

For you see, it all started with a London cutter by the name of Arpad Nagy, looking for a new way to mount a diamond that would show off its luster. His simple idea created a cut unlike any other, worthy of the hands of any princess - and thus, it's name. For it's the beauty of the cut that creates the mythology surrounding it, and one can easily grow to understand it all by gazing into the fire of a princess cut diamond.

What Makes A Diamond Shimmer And Sparkle?

What makes the diamond so treasured by many?

Acting like a prism, a cut diamond allows light in and then refracts it as it passes through, causing the many dazzling colors we see inside. By cutting facets into the diamond, the gem cutter manipulates the light to create a dazzling display that mesmerizes those who look upon it's surface.

With a round cut, the stone sets deep into the ring, providing a lot of material for refraction, which means less facets need to be cut to make it sparkle; whereas, for the princess cut, many facets are needed to make the diamond shimmer. This is part of the reason the princess cut engagement ring took so long to be created, due to the precision needed to make such cuts.

And does it shimmer as much as a round cut? Some would go so far to say that it shines even better. Another benefit is the cost ... as a princess cut diamond can make use of up to 80% of a rough cut stone; whereas, a round cut might only manage to salvage 40% of the stone. This can mean up to a 50% discount on the same-sized stone!

How Much Do Princess Cut Engagement Rings Cost?

You can find them for as little as $130 for a real diamond, and the price goes up from there. This means a princess cut engagement ring is within the financial reach of everyone, and one can invest as much as they feel necessary for such a ring. After all, while it's the thought that counts, women want us to think very highly of them!

So, if you want to impress that special loved one, or you're the loved one needing to be impressed, then a princess cut engagement ring is the way to go!

How Long Should An Engagement Last?

Typically, the engagement period should be enough time for a couple to plan their wedding and to work out any rough edges in the relationship prior to marriage. Remember, what you take into marriage will remain with you throughout, so it is best to iron out any differences before the big day. I typically recommend no more than a year and no less than four months.

Another thing to note is that an engagement is a step towards marriage, but it's not marriage itself. As such, one doesn't give an engagement ring and end the chase after their bride. In fact, many women prefer the pursuit continue on after marriage.

As an old wiseman once said ... "The secret to a perfect marriage is to wake up every morning and pretend you have met for the first time."

And in those words you will find great wisdom, just as she will be reminded of your promise each day she looks into her engagement ring. For the engagement ring is a promise to marry, as well as a hope that the relationship will continue to endure.

It will be a day you will both remember for a very, long time ...

Give Her The Gift Of A Lifetime

Remember, a diamond is forever, as so should be your love. As such, you want to make your engagement ring one she will never forget.

There's a princess cut engagement ring for all budgets out there, and for those who can't afford a real diamond, know that you can purchase a Cubic Zirconia (a man-made diamond) for far less.So if you have been considering buying your one true love an engagement ring, then now is the time to do it!

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      yoshi97 7 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      The main variable here is the ring itself. You can buy a ring without a stone, but would it be made of gold or solver and how many carats would it be if you chose gold? As for setting the stone, that could be done for less than $200, and maybe even less than $100.

      Here's my advice ...

      Shop around and find a setting you can afford that your stone would fit into. In many cases you can buy a clean setting online with nothing in it.

      From there, call your local jewelers and tell them, "My stone fell out of my setting. How much would you charge to put it back in?"

      By approaching it this way you will get a cheaper price than if you just asked them to perform the operation from scratch. Go with the best price and warranty (good jewelers warrant their work) and you should be able to see this through at a reasonable price!

      Also, be aware that your diamond might be worth less on the market than was quoted. The price given was for a retail diamond, and only the ritziest of diamond stores would sell any stone at full price. As such, it might be worth more like 750. You can always have the stone appraised to find out its actual worth.

      Good luck! :)

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      lottie 7 years ago

      I have won A £1,000 Princess diamond, how much would it cost to have it made into a ring.hope i can afford it

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      yoshi97 7 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      I wish I could, but I'm not that far into the ballgame yet. :)

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      Diamond Engagement Ring 7 years ago

      On this Valentine I purchased one diamond engagement ring for my love, she is happy like anything. Now i m looking for wedding band please guide me for something unique.

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      Madison 7 years ago from NYC

      These ring are gorgeous, any girl would be lucky to get one. Great hub!

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      yoshi97 7 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      She loves it! However, we had to take the ring back to the jeweler to be re-sized and she won't get it back until after Christmas. :(

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hmm,, Yoshi, they are beautiful, Princess cut diamond indeed, cheaper too, nice one, Merry Christmas Yoshi, to your family too, Maita

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      Crazdwriter 7 years ago

      Wow those are beautiful, yoshi. great hub with a lot of information anyone would want to know. And I hope Shelly likes the ring you got her too. keep me posted on that :-)

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      yoshi97 7 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      I just bought one for Shelly - I hope she likes it! :)

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Like most women, I love a beautiful diamond ring, so really enjoyed reading this. Definitely forwarding this one to my hubby! ;)