Aside from giving the stone its shape, the cut of a diamond or gemstone determines a stones brilliance. Princess cuts are typically square with sharp edges but can also be rectangular with softer edges. A princess cut features either 57 or 76 facets with a distinct inverted pyramid shape that maximizes brilliance. One of the youngest cuts, the princes cut first appeared in the latter half of the 20th century.
Modern and sleek, princess cuts are a bold and structured look with sharp lines. From a design standpoint, a diamond solitaire style or three stone setting will give you the most classic look. Set on an angle, paired with a thick band, or using the cut in a colored diamond or gemstone makes for a nontraditional, alternative design. Watch the video to learn more about princess cut engagement rings.
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If you want a square shape and maximum sparkle, a princess cut diamond engagement ring is your best bet. However, if you’re rough on your jewelry or lead a very active lifestyle, it may not be a good choice because the stone’s sharp edges are vulnerable to damage. Princess cuts are good for bold, structured and modern looks, but can go classic with a simple, delicate solitaire setting.
So you’ve figured out your stone cut. Now, to halo or not to halo?
Depending on your rings style, a round cut can go classic, vintage, or alternative.
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