You have just bought the perfect princess cut diamond for the princess of your heart. Now you must find the perfect setting to set it off. The princess cut is just a little different than the traditional round brilliant cut. It is similar to a round brilliant cut, but it is square. Most square cut diamonds cannot match the brilliance of round cuts, but round cuts are the most common, and you know that something common is not for her. The princess cut is designed for getting the maximum brilliance from a square cut.
Ring settings for princess cut diamonds must protect the four pointed corners. These corners are the most likely to chip and break. This is also the reason why most square or rectangular cuts have cropped corners. Not so with the princess cut, making the name befitting for its delicacy. An improperly chosen setting for this delicate diamond can mean disaster. A princess cut diamond with chipped corners is ruined.
The setting for princess cut diamond must protect the diamond, yet not detract from its exquisite optical properties. For this reason, a four prong setting is a must for this cut. The setting for a princess cut diamond allows for considerable creativity. The square shape gives them an almost antique feeling. The more ornate the setting, the more antique the feel will be. The princes cut can also be mounted in a modern setting for a traditional, yet sleek feel. One of the most beautiful characteristics of the princess cut is the versatility that it allows in setting design.
Four prong Tiffany style settings provide elegant beauty that is as unmatched as its name suggests. W Prong settings are perfect for the princess style offering protection for the points and adding angular lines that give the ring an architectural feel. “Lyric” settings for princess engagement rings provide a light and airy feel that highlights the diamond with its open sides allowing the light to shine through from all angles.
The X-prong provides stability and comfort at the same time. The base of this style rises up to meet the diamond drawing attention away from the setting and onto the diamond itself, making it the perfect setting for the perfect diamond. “Inara” highlights the top of the diamond and gives it a solid base. This beautiful setting also has an architectural, rather modern feel. Not every setting is appropriate for a princess cut diamond and one must be careful to choose one that offers both protection of the points but that does not detract from its brilliance.