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Friday 21 June 2013

An Ideal Accompaniment to Bridal Fashion – Princess Cut Diamond Earrings

Weddings are about love, commitment and honouring a relationship. But for most brides, it is also about the bridal clothes and accessories! Bridal fashion has turned into a gigantic industry and for good reason. This is the one day you have the absolute liberty of dressing up like a princess and being treated like royalty. You want to look and feel your best and be that glowing blushing bride that is gushed about. Finding the right bridal dress, the accessories and having the right look becomes of paramount importance.

Another aspect that features big in weddings, in cultures all over the world, is that of jewellery! Wedding jewellery is not only meant to make you shine on your big day, be part of your trousseau or be worn for the nuptial related events, but is often cherished, saved and passed on as heirloom pieces. Which is why it comes as no surprise that one of the most popular features in bridal jewellery today is a pair of gorgeous princess cut diamond earrings?

Princess cut diamonds are loved all over the world, and come second to only the brilliant cut round diamonds where the popularity charts are concerned. And there are good reasons for that. Firstly, jewellery with this cut of diamonds, like princess cut diamond earrings, are eternally chic. They are classic pieces in a classic shape that never go out of style. They speak of elegance and as the name suggests look regal and beautiful, pretty apt for a bride. They also fit in really well with the whole vintage style aesthetic that is so big these days. Romantic and with an old world like charm, princess cut rocks also work exceptionally well for rings, apart from earrings.

Another reason why you might want to consider getting a pair of princess cut diamond earrings is that usually as they cost a little less than their round counterparts when it comes to its price per carat. The reason being its shape lends itself to more efficient cutting from the rough stone, resulting in a lot less wastage. Traditionally a square or squarish shaped diamond, princes cuts also come in more rectangular shapes, which cost a little less. What you choose of course depends largely on what kind of look you prefer.

The cost factor coupled with the fact that a princess cut diamond tends to look bigger than a brilliant round cut gem of the same carat weight, makes them ideal for jewellery during weddings when you definitely want more bang for your buck. This illusionary size difference has to do with the crown surface area this cut affords you, thanks to its inverted pyramid-like shape.

Princess cut diamonds also have a eye-catching fire and brilliance that draws the eye in immediately. Which is why having a pair of princess cut diamond earrings is perfect for when you want the attention toward the beautiful and happy face of a bride!

Forever in vogue; trendy yet classic – this accessory is definitely a worthy investment!

Saturday 8 June 2013

How to buy the perfect Asscher diamond engagement rings

When you go out shopping for diamond rings, it is unlikely for you to pay attention to all aspects of a diamond. However, if you want a perfect diamond ring for your engagement, you must ensure that you have complete and detailed information about these gleaming rocks. The Asscher cut is a particular cut of diamond that consumers are not very familiar with. There is a lot of confusion concerning the Asscher cut of diamonds. This level of confusion is heightened because of the availability of two types of Asscher cuts – the Standard Asscher cut and the Royal Asscher cut. It is important to be careful when making choices when it comes to Asscher diamond engagement rings in terms of its colour, clarity and cut quality.

1.  Colour:

Being cautious is the first step when examining the colour of an Asscher cut or Emerald cut. You can drop your guard when choosing diamonds with a Round Brilliant Cut or a Princess Cut. The latter cuts help in disguising a diamond’s rough material. When it comes to the Asscher cut, the scenario is totally opposite. These cuts lack radiance and therefore, the roughness cannot be masked easily. When buying the Asscher diamond engagement rings, always opt for a lower H colour. The most important thing to remember when buying diamond engagement rings is to ensure that there should be a similarity in the tones of the centre diamond and the side stones.

2.  Clarity:

The clarity is the most important factor that separates an Asscher or Emerald cut from other shapes of diamonds. The other cuts are also known as the ‘Brilliant’ stones. This is simply because of the fact that they are placed that allow light to enter and exit in a variety of ways. This is the reason diamonds appear luminous and thus, attractive to the human eye. It not only provides a shiny surface but it is also a way to conceal the impurities that are prevalent in a diamond. The Asscher cut, on the other hand, is a step cut wherein a sparkle or brilliance is absent. When buying Asscher diamond engagement rings, it is best to stick to a VS2 Clarity or higher.  

3.  Cut quality:

Round cuts are easier to buy. There is less complication and there are few factors to pay attention to. The situation is exactly the opposite when it comes to an Asscher cut. There are no definite rules that decide the quality of an Asscher or an Emerald cut. Sometimes, this can be a daunting task. However, experts suggest that a Total Depth between 60% and 68% is ideal when buying Asscher diamond rings. When it comes to the Asscher cut, the lower this percentage, the better it is. Unlike other cuts, the depth of the Asscher or emerald cuts have absolutely no impact on the brilliance. It is, therefore advisable to not go beyond 68%.
Remember these easy tips to ensure that you buy the best engagement rings for your special day.

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