If diamonds are to be a girl’s best friend, one must consider them a lifelong investment. And though the process might feel daunting at first, it really needn’t be.
New to this whole business? Here are a facts you might want to consider before making your big purchase!
Princess Cut: A Timeless Choice (That Won’t Break the Bank)
Princess cut diamonds are a favorite for many reasons and their unique shape and vibrance make them a truly elegant accessory. Therefore, you might be surprised to find that a princess cut diamond is often slightly cheaper than brilliant cut diamonds possessing the same carat weight. Why? Because the princess cut retains approximately 80% of the rough diamond versus the round brilliant’s 50%. This makes the princess cut a favorite among many jewelers and allows you to get more sparkle for your buck.
Consider the Carat and Clarity of Your Investment
You may or may not know that diamonds and other precious gemstones are weighed by the metric carat. A good comparison is our monetary system. A dollar is broken down into 100 pennies in the same way a carat is divided into 100 points. So, a 20-point diamond is equal to 0.20 carats! But carats aren’t everything. A diamond with a smaller carat size looks larger (and sparklier) when paired with a micro-set border!
Clarity, on the other hand, refers to lack of a diamond’s inclusions or blemishes. (Since diamonds are formed deep in the earth, they have unique markings, and a lack of these markings makes a diamond particularly rare, adding value.)
Make Sure to Get the Perfect Fit
You want to make sure that diamond earrings are sized to fit your ears, and that they are placed in a proper setting. If, when worn, the diamond earring have the appearance of “turning downward” or not sitting flat to the ear, the fit is most definitely off. Work with your jeweler to find the perfect fit! This will ensure that the diamond retains all its brilliance, and that you purchase a beautiful piece that will last you a lifetime.
Princess Cut: A New Classic
Contrary to popular belief, the princess cut is a relatively new design. It became especially popular in the 1960’s and has been a staple ever since. It derives some of its style, however, forma long tradition of diamond cutting, particularly from that of the french cut and double french cut.
If You’re Still Anxious…
It might be a good idea to seek out some guidance. As a particularly well-adorned friend or family member. If they’re knowledgeable about the subject, they can help steer you in the right direction.
Or perhaps professional help might be useful! Many jewelry retailers will work with you to set up an appointment in-person or phone appointment with a diamond specialist. They’ll be able to help you pinpoint your must-haves and allow you to try on different styles, all at your price point.
Do you own princess cut earrings? Leave your tips and pics in the comments below!