Also called princess cut diamond rings, square cut engagement rings are among some of the most popular engagement rings available. More often than not, it is square in shape but sometimes also available in rectangular shape with sharp corners. It is arguably one of the most stylish gemstone cuts with unrivaled brilliance. It is a rising star in the world of diamonds and provides a perfect alternative to round cut type of engagement rings. Here are some of the things you didn’t know about them.
One of the most significant features about a square cut engagement ring is that it is economical in the sense that it retains between 60% and 80% of the rough diamond. What this means is that for the same carat weight and quality, square cut is considerably cheaper than their round counterparts. On the same note, you can get a relatively heavier square cut engagement ring than a round cut. As such, they have become one of the most sought after engagement rings, and their popularity is only rising.
It is a generous and dynamic cut that is equally brilliant, thanks in part to its wide range of dimensions. Since there are no universal standards that govern this type of diamond cut, many laboratories offer this cut a grading scale.
Unlike most other cuts, a square cut engagement ring work perfectly well in a number of settings. However, every good setting must be able to protect the ring’s sharp edges. For instance, a solitaire square cut should have a four pronged setting. Square cut diamond rings also work well when used as accent stones primarily to complement a centrally placed stone. In this respect, a pave setting is a popular choice especially where small square diamond cuts are paved along the ring.
Another common setting used in square cut engagement rings is the channel setting which is also quite popular. It is similar to the pave setting, with the only difference being that each stone in channel setting is set within the ring’s structure.
Another notable setting used in a square cut engagement ring is the invisible setting. It is by far the most exclusive to the square cut rings. It is an incredible and unique setting that uses slightly enhanced square cut diamonds. It features a number of rows of cut stones with no structure or metal in between.
Since it does not lose its original value over time, there is no denying that this type of cut can give you great value for money. Even though it may lack the brilliance and sparkle of a round cut ring, it makes up for this in elegance, class and beauty thanks to its unique ring designs and brilliant facets.