Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Buying Guide
The princess cut is one of the most popular diamond shapes loved by women of all ages. The clean lines and symmetrical shape make it brilliant and striking when placed in an engagement ring setting. The princess diamond cut was inspired by the early French cut diamond featuring series of chevron facets creating a distinct cross pattern when the stone is viewed from the top. When choosing a princess cut diamond engagement ring, keep these guidelines in mind.
- Choosing a Clarity Grade
Naturally occurring diamonds have inclusions and blemishes but these inclusions are not as visible in princess diamonds as they are in other diamond cuts. This means that you do not have to choose a high clarity grade in order to have a brilliant engagement ring. Buyers looking for best deal with decent clarity should stick to VS2 and SI1 clarity. However, before purchasing princess cut diamond engagement rings ensure there are no inclusions in the corners of the diamond.
- Colour Grading
When it comes to colour, you need to be a little more cautious with princess cut than with a round brilliant. Since both cuts are equally good in hindering the light so the true colour of the rough material is harder to perceive. As per this it is recommended that you choose a near colourless stone (G,H,I,J) to avoid buying a slightly yellow stone and also get the best value.
- Cut Quality
Cut quality is probably one of the trickiest parts of buying the best princess cut diamond. With round cut diamonds it is easy as GIA provides the opinion which you can trust upon whereas with princess cut you are pretty much on your own. GIA only grades polish and symmetry of the princess cut diamond. Princess diamond cut is chosen based on depth percentage and table percentage range. You should avoid buying diamonds with higher table percentage than depth percentage. The table percentage is uppermost surface of the diamond that runs flat and the depth is the distance between the lowest and highest part of the diamond. A princess cut diamond has more of a square shape or rectangular shape and the style you choose depends on your preference. However, the more rectangular the princess cut diamond is, the lower the price.
Once exact cut, clarity and colour have been determined, it is time to pick the setting that will make your diamond shine and sparkle.
Going solo with princess cut diamond will make for an elegant and timeless engagement ring. The diamond in the solitaire engagement ring is set high in 4 prongs to grab the attention and when paired with platinum or white gold the princess diamond looks sleek and sophisticated and with a yellow band it imparts a vintage, antique vibe.
- Add Extra Shine
To get the extra shine in your ring set the princess cut diamond in a channel setting. This setting enhances the diamond sparkle and you get a sharp design. You can cover the entire ring in varying sizes of the stone so that it sparkles and shines from every angle. If you really want to make a statement and have jaws drop, choose a diamond ring with round centre stone, flanked by princess cut diamond on each side.
The sophisticated and versatile shape of the princess cut diamond looks incredible no matter what ring you choose. If you are ready to shop for the princess cut diamond engagement ring, then visit Australian Diamond Company as they have trained professionals to guide you through the process.