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The Engagement Ring You Always Dreamed Of!
Do you wear the princess cut engagement ring of your dreams? Hearing the words ‘Will You Marry Me’ is the culmination of many girls’ dreams. The man they love wants to marry them and they can happily start planning their future together; they now have the rest of their lives to love, live and be happy. But most girls have also dreamed about what type of engagement ring they will be given since they were a small child.
Will their beloved buy their engagement ring as a surprise before proposing? Or will they get to choose their own engagement ring? Either way, buying an engagement ring is a very important and expensive purchase. While the woman you love is going to be delighted and thrilled with any ring you present her with because she loves you, you really do want her to cherish and adore the ring that she is going to be wearing for the rest of her life. Therefore, there needs to be a lot of planning and research done before you make that very important engagement ring purchase.
How Do You Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring?
Some of your engagement ring selection decisions will be based around preference and some of them will be based on budget. Do you prefer gold, white gold or platinum for your engagement ring? Do you want diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires or a combination of gemstones in your engagement ring? Would you prefer a solitaire ring or several gemstones? And probably the starting point is which cut of gemstone do you want to have?
To bring out the colour and sparkle of a gemstone, they are cut into different shapes. Some of the most popular are the round brilliant, emerald, cushion, and marquise cut. But we are going to take a closer look at princess cut gemstones for that very special engagement ring of yours. Princess cut is the second most popular way of cutting a gemstone, after the round brilliant, and you can choose from princess cut diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, topazes and aquamarines.
So What is a Princess Cut Gemstone?
So what is a princess cut gemstone? A diamond or other gem that is princess cut is usually square shaped, though some maybe a more rectangular shape. The princess cut allows people who would prefer to have a square shaped stone, to still have a gemstone in their engagement ring that has all the brilliance and sparkle of a round brilliant stone. Princess cut gemstones have clean, square lines that have a very contemporary and modern look to them.
It is achieved by the gem cutter, or lapidarist, combining the triangular facets of the brilliant cut with the step-cutting of the emerald cut and also cutting the stone with right-angle corners. The profile of a princess cut gemstone resembles an inverted pyramid with four angled sides.
Princess cutting creates beautiful and unique solitaire gemstones for your engagement ring, but combining a princess cut solitaire with similar side stones flanking it also creates a truly exquisite engagement ring. The princess cut evolved from the earlier ‘French’ cut and choosing one of these precious stones is generally not as expensive as buying a round brilliant cut gemstone as the cutting retains around 80% of the rough gemstone as opposed to around 50% for a brilliant cut.
Diamond Princess Cut Engagement Rings
Diamonds are the most popular precious stone to be set in an engagement ring. Apart from the cut, when selecting any diamond it is important to look at the clarity of the stone, the colour of the diamond and the number of carats (or weight) of the diamond.
Again at lot of what you choose comes down to budget, but ideally you want to find the diamond with the best balance between the highest cut grade, the best clarity, the perfect colour and the most carats in your price range. Just so you know the cuts are graded Ideal, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor, with Ideal Cut being the very best.
Princess cut diamonds also look gorgeous when they are flanked by side stones to create an engagement ring containing three beautiful sparkling diamonds. It is also very popular these days to buy engagement rings and wedding rings as a set.
So if you choose your princess cut diamond engagement ring with a matching wedding ring as a set, it means that the precious metal, whether it is gold, white gold or platinum, will be an exact colour match, the two rings can be shaped so that they neatly slot into each other on your finger, and if you have diamonds in both rings, the diamonds can be matched perfectly for colour and clarity.
Princess Cut Coloured Gemstone Engagement Rings
Although diamonds are the most popular gemstones to be princess cut, you can also select an exquisite coloured princess cut gemstone for your engagement ring. So if you have always longed for a sapphire, ruby, emerald or topaz, you can still enjoy the classic, modern lines of a princess cut stone in your engagement ring.
Again you can choose one exquisite princess cut solitaire ruby, sapphire or emerald for your engagement ring or you can choose a gemstone flanked by two princess cut diamonds. Or you can choose any combination of gemstones that you would like, and if you cannot find your perfect engagement ring online or at a jeweller, you could commission a jeweller to create you the very special engagement ring of your dreams.
There is a huge range of different styles of engagement rings with princess cut gemstones available for you to choose from, and the good news is that it is very simple and convenient for you to choose your princess cut engagement ring online.
Your engagement ring is a symbol of your love and commitment. It is a piece of valuable jewelry that will last you a lifetime. Choose your princess cut engagement ring wisely and enjoy wearing it for many years to come.
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CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on March 29, 2010:
Glad you liked the princess cut engagement rings, calicoaster. Thank you for reading the Hub and leaving a comment
calicoaster on March 29, 2010:
Wow...cool collection and real nice info. Thanks for sharing!! :)
CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on March 29, 2010:
Glad you enjoyed reading about princess cut engagement rings Hello, hello. Thanks for the read and the great comment.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 29, 2010:
Gosh, you don't give them away. Thank you for a lovely hub