Well, last week we finally got a peek at newlywed Blake Lively’s designer engagement ring, which boasts a massive oval cut light pink diamond at the center, set on a simple band lined with smaller diamonds. It’s dazzling, it’s huge, and it’s incredibly valuable; everything you’d expect from the engagement ring of a fashion forward Hollywood starlet like Lively. While diamond jewelry of the rich and famous always trends toward larger size stones and unconventional designs, there’s no reason the rest of us can’t get in on the action and add a little Hollywood glamour to our own gems. If you’ve got an open mind and some understanding of your fiance’s style you can pick up a celebrity inspired engagement ring for a fraction of the price you’d expect.
If Blake Lively’s rock is any indication, oval cut and other fancy shaped diamonds are in, and often these cuts make for larger looking diamonds than standard round cut brilliant or princess cut diamonds. Score! Look specifically for pear, oval or marquise shaped diamonds, which have an elongated shape that can give them an appearance of a higher carat weight than a traditional cut.
Another way to achieve a bigger “wow” factor is to opt for a cluster setting, which combines several gems together in a single setting. These multi-stone settings allow for a higher combined carat weight for a lower price than would be possible with a single diamond of the same carat weight. A common example is the three diamond setting, but we’ve also seen a ton of multi-stone settings in celebrity engagement rings lately, including the wildly popular halo style engagement ring. This vintage inspired setting features a center stone surrounded by a ring of smaller stones that accent the main stone and provide added sparkle.
The bonus is there’s no reason to restrict yourself to a white diamond for the center stone (think of Princess Kate’s famous hand-me-down sapphire halo engagement ring originally owned by Princess Diana). An alternative stone can bring the price down considerably without sacrificing style. Check out some of our affordable, on-trend halo engagement rings and bridal sets.
Princess cut diamonds are either square or rectangular in shape with pointed corners and resembles an upside down pyramid. The princess cut diamond is beautiful and very unique looking. The cut also allows for maximum brilliance and sparkle within the diamond due to the way light reacts within the diamond.
The popularity of the princess cut diamond is increasing every year. The cut has been around for only around 30 years which isn’t much if you consider how long diamond cutting has been around. Light reacts great in a princess cut diamond and this is what everybody is after. The cut has seventy six facets which is what enables it to have such high sparkle and brilliance.
The only downside to buying a princess cut diamond is that due to the square shape the diamond has pointed corners and if not careful can chip. The way to safeguard against this is to buy a setting that protects these corners against chipping. It is always a safe bet to be careful with your diamond and to try and not hit it against the wall etc. This goes without saying when it comes to any diamond and not just the princess cut.
The price you’ll have to pay for your princess cut diamond is directly influenced by the 4 C’s. They stand for Cut, Carat, Color and Clarity. The cut is the most important of these factors and it also important to note that the cut is different from the shape. The shape refers to princess cut, asscher cut, round cut etc. The cut refers to the quality of how the diamond was cut and how well light reacts within the diamond. The cut cannot be too deep or too shallow. It has to be just perfect. That’s why buying an ideal cut is of utmost importance. The carat refers to size and the clarity refers to the inclusions in the diamond.