If the classic round-cut shaped stone that has been the staple choice of engagement rings for almost a century does not light your fire, then perhaps the modern-day squarish shape of a princess-cut cubic zirconia engagement ring will. Undoubtedly the most sought-after choice of engagement ring stone shape after the round brilliant, the princess-cut is increasingly demanded and popular in certain circles of diamond lovers because it accentuates the stone’s fire rather than lustre. Fire is the ‘rainbow color’ effect due to a stone’s dispersive power and is what ensures princess-cut cubic zirconia engagement rings are noticeable even in dimly lit settings with focussed lighting such as candle-lit dinners in swanky restaurants or romantic evening strolls on the promenade.
Another reason the princess-cut is popular in diamonds is because you get more stone for your money and this is due to the fact that it wastes the least amount of shavings when cutting the raw stone.
Luckily, since CZ is so much more affordable than diamond, choosing a princess-cut cubic zirconia engagement ring is more a matter of preference rather than budget and this is just another great example of why when it comes to CZ, buyers have the choice of variety, cut and size without all the major burden and hangup of price.
Princess-Cut Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings by Band
After the qualities of the stone itself, the most noticeable part of an engagement ring is of course the band itself. If you are on a budget, silver is the way to go. It may not be as flashy as a gold princess-cut cubic zirconia engagement ring, but it will cost considerably less and will nonetheless last for years and shine with its distinctive metallic glisten. Anything marked as ’925′ is sterling silver which should be the minimum purity you aim for if you plan to get this kind of ring.
Princess-Cut Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings by Carat
This section discusses gemstone carat size regarding this particular kind of engagement ring. We’ve all been there and perhaps we’ve done it ourselves. No doubt, the first thing that pops to mind when a lovestruck fiancee brandishes her brand new rock around the office or at a party, is to wonder at what carat it is. Well you will be glad to know that if you have always dreamed about a big fat juicy gemstone wrapped around your finger then don’t worry about breaking out the credit cards because 1 carat princess-cut CZ engagement rings cost from only a matter of hundreds of dollars and 2-carat and even bigger ones cost from not much more. It’s man-made after all, so it does not cost anything near as much as diamonds do which have taken nature millenia to make.
Princess-Cut Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings by Type
Finally we can discuss the types of princess-cut CZ engagement ring that are on offer. This is generally a secondary choice after consideration has been given to the stone’s size, cut and the choice of band metal. As always the classic pick is the princess-cut CZ solitaire engagement ring and even though it sounds simple, there are some really stunning pieces to be found in this range.
If however, the thought of one stone decorating your ring sounds a bit paltry when you can have three, then clearly three-stone princess-cut CZ engagement rings sound more like your cup of tea. These kind of rings are exactly what they say they are. Three princess-cut stones set usually in a linear fashion along the band. They can be the same size or the ‘shoulder’ stones can be slightly smaller than the central one.
Another variant of multi-stone rings such as the one described above would be a princess-cut CZ solitaire with sidestones. Rather than consisting of just 2 additional stones, these rings consist of several stones of much smaller size. This means that they can add additional sparkle to the band without detracting from the beauty of the central stone itself.
And then there are the antique and vintage-style CZ engagement rings. To some they are anathema. This may be a particularly strong reaction but there are two reasons for it in the case of vintage princess-cut cubic zirconia engagement rings. Firstly, some people simply dislike any reproductions of any sort and secondly, vintage harks back centuries whereas the princess-cut is a relatively modern-day invention. The dichotomy is simply too much for some to bear! Of course we here believe that these old fuddy-duddies clearly have more money than sense and will whole-heartedly support those of you who choose these sort of rings simply because they like them!
The Princess Cut
Initially introduced and developed over a period of years during the 1960′s and 70′s, the princess-cut stormed the market with its greater brilliance and fire than the emerald and asscher cuts which were the only other options available at that time for those looking for squarish or rectangular shapes.
Princess cut CZ engagement rings are most famous for their squarish shape but the rectangular form is also available. Flattering to a hand with long fingers, either of these shapes can be embellished with side stones as in a three-stone arrangement or simply kept as a solitaire for the classic sophisticated look.
The princess-cut is also very efficient at hiding a great deal of flaws and inclusions. This however is of more significance when dealing with diamond rings rather than CZ which being an artificially created stone, has fewer impurities in it anyway.
When looking at princess-cut cubic zirconia engagement rings, you may notice that the stone is not a perfect square but instead has corners that have been cropped. This is done to protect the stone from chipping and allow the setting to grasp it from these sensitive points.
Princess-cut engagement rings are one of the most popular styles of engagement rings sought after nowadays. The distinguished square cut gemstone that is featured within a princess-cut ring makes it elegant and desirable.
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