Buying engagement rings for women for the majority of consumers is a totally new and once-in-a-lifetime experience, but that doesn’t mean that it needs to be intimidating or overwhelming. Some women prefer to be “surprised” when being presented with an engagement ring, and others would rather be a part of selecting their own diamond ring. Either way, there are a few things to know about before making that final purchase that will last a lifetime!
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between yellow & white white gold engagement rings? In the past, when it came to engagement ring selection, most of the attention was focused on the stone or stones that would comprise the ring. But now, educated wedding hopefuls are turning their attention to the equally important metal from which the band and setting will be designed, and which will bear the sole responsibility for protecting and holding the engagement stone.
When considering a beautiful princess cut diamond engagement ring, value is of utmost, even to people who, for all intents and purposes, seem to be fairly well off. Even the most frugal engagement ring shopper will appreciate the value of the princess cut diamond, which is currently priced on average of up to 30 percent less than traditional round diamonds. If you’re looking for the perfect diamond for your engagement ring, consider the elegant princess cut diamond.
The Performance of the Princess Cut
The quality of the princess cut is determined by how well the symmetry, polish, and proportions of the diamond produce the most attractive visual balance of the three different types of reflection. Several proportion factors have the most immediate impact on a diamond’s ability to reflect light correctly. The table size and depth of a diamond relative to the diameter greatly impacts the light return from a diamond. A well-executed princess cut diamond is proportioned so that most of the light entering the gem, exits back through the top of the stone – perfectly balancing the white light (brilliance) with intense flashes of fire (dispersion).
One of the very first questions asked after news of the engagement hit the press was “What does the Kate Middleton engagement ring look like?” That same evening, at St. James’ Palace, the ring was revealed in all its splendor: It was the 18-carat oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds that was the one Princess Diana wore as her own engagement ring. Kate Middleton was quoted as saying, “I just hope I look after it.”
Once you’ve selected a stone for your ring, the next thing you’ll need to do is choose from a selection of engagement ring settings. Although the stone can account for up to 90% of the cost of the ring, the setting is what defines its look and showcases the stone in the most fashionable of ways. When shopping, be sure to check out a variety of other rings, even those you might not like, just looking at the settings, not the stones. You may be inspired from doing so!