Top Princess Cut Halo Engagement Rings
When you're looking for an engagement ring that's sure to please, it's a safe bet to go with one of the most popular styles. (They're popular for a reason!) If you're the type who likes to double down, how about a pair of top styles in one? Two of the most popular engagement ring varieties are the princess cut diamond and the halo engagement ring, and the combination in finished princess cut halo engagement rings is a natural and trendy pairing.
What is a princess cut diamond ring?
The second-most-popular diamond shape (after round), the princess cut diamond ring is a square or rectangular stone cut with many facets. The pavilions, or the cone-shaped bottoms of the diamonds, and the stone’s facets produce a brilliant sparkle when light hits the diamond. From the top, the stone looks squared; from the side it resembles an inverted pyramid.
The princess cut originated in 1961 when Arpad Nagy, a London-based diamond cutter, created a version of princess cut diamonds called the “profile” cut. Basil Watermeyer, a South African cutter, refined Nagy’s design in '70s into the “Barion cut.” The Ambar Diamond company introduced the “Quadrillion Cut” in the late '70s, and in 2013, Vinubhai Dhanani and Robert Forster patented their own version of the princess cut. The biggest difference between each style is the number of facets, which ranges from 40 to 80.
In its relatively short lifetime, the princess cut has become an utterly classic look for engagement rings and other diamond jewelry. This style has a few other big advantages: The many facets can hide any inclusions, or flaws, and the brilliant gleam of the cut will allow a smaller-sized diamond to make a major statement.
Why should you add a halo to a princess cut diamond?
Although they can cost anywhere between 25% and 40% less than their round-cut counterparts, princess cut diamonds can be expensive — they're one of the priciest diamond shapes, because the facets must be precisely counted and cut. So if you need to choose a smaller diamond to stay within your budget, adding a halo — a small ring of pavé diamonds surrounding the center stone, which may extend onto the band — is an excellent way to make it look bigger. A halo setting can make the center stone look up to one-half carat bigger, which can translate into hundreds of dollars of savings. A halo also adds more sparkle to a ring, if that's your aesthetic.
Princess cut engagement rings aren't the only ones to benefit from the halo setting treatment. Any center stone you want will appear to grow in size thanks to the circle of dazzling diamonds. Though it's certainly a selling point, it's not the only reason you should consider this popular style of setting. Here are all the benefits to buying a halo engagement ring you should know about before you finalize your purchase.