The princess cut has, without doubt, become one of the most popular cuts of diamond. It encompasses a beautiful brilliance and has an extremely unique cut that typically makes it most commonly used in engagement rings and earrings. The princess cut will always take on either a square or rectangular shape, but can still produce much of the sparkle that is generally associated with a round brilliant cut diamond. However, many people consider a princess cut diamond to be proportionately more attractive as it typically has a 90 degree internal angle on each corner.
You will actually find that the princess cut diamond will usually have either 50 facets or 58 facets, although this will very much depend on how it has specifically been cut. It is believed that the princess cut owes its origins to what was previously known as the "profile cut". This specific cut was first developed in London, by Arpad Nagy in 1961. The princess cut is often referred to as the square modified brilliant cut, which basically means that it is a square version of the round brilliant cut.
Princess cut diamond earrings have often been described as a symbol of everlasting love. Therefore, they are typically extremely popular as wedding gifts, anniversary gifts, Valentine's Day gifts, and birthday gifts. It is said that they are able to induce both romance and love. A fairly popular version of the princess cut diamond earrings is the dangling heart, although they are also available as a stud, hoops and even gold rings.
Princess cut diamond earrings can be set in numerous precious metals including white gold. In fact, it is often said that white gold is able to further define the luxury and elegance of this wonderful item of jewelry. The princess cut diamond earring will generally come in various styles and carats, although they are most popularly seen in either 14 carat or 18 carat white gold. The actual carat value of a princess cut diamond will usually vary from .03 carats up to 20 carats. The size of the actual diamond will obviously depend very much on the carats, with .03 being the smallest and 20 being the largest. Should you wish to purchase a pair of princess cut diamond earrings that have been set in white gold they will usually retail from $300 up to $5000.
Another beautiful precious metal within which to set your princess cut diamond earrings is Platinum. Platinum is known to be the rarest metal, and by adding beautiful princess cut diamond to this precious metal, it will simply be the icing on the cake. You will actually find that the vast majority of the best designs of princess cut diamond earrings are typically found in Platinum. You may also find that often the Platinum variety of this type of earring will be less expensive than white gold. The Platinum earrings will usually come in various designs such as studs, loops and chandelier earrings. Should you wish to purchase princess cut diamond chandelier earrings, they are best suited to special occasions such as a wedding, honeymoon or Valentine's Day. Once again, the Platinum princess cut diamond earrings will be available in 14 carat and 18 carat and the prices will generally start at $200, and go up to $5000.
You can, obviously, have your princess cut diamond earrings set in yellow gold. Yellow gold is known to be cheaper than both white gold and platinum. You will have a range of carats to choose from and this will typically be 10 carats, 14 carats, 18 carats and 24 carats. Diamond jewelry is usually only specifically designed for 14 carat and 18 carat gold, whereas 24 carat gold is the purest form of yellow gold.
Prior to purchasing princess cut diamond earrings you should ensure that you are issued with an authentic certificate. This will typically be issued by the International Gemological Institute (IGI) or the corresponding Gemological Institute of the country from which you are buying them. The diamond certification will provide proof that the diamonds are, of course, original and will also verify the actual cuts, clarity, carat weight and the colour. When you are specifically choosing the design and metal for your earrings, you are best off finding something that is well suited to both your skin tone and also your personality. Should you have what can be considered a cool skin tone, then you may find that either white gold or platinum will be more suited for a pair of princess cut diamond earrings. However, if your skin tone is considered warm, then you should look to purchase yellow gold. With that said, the choice is always (obviously) yours.