(Closed) I'm starting to dislike my princess cut diamond UGH…..

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
1709 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016 - Garden

Well I need to see pics bee! I’m pretty sure it’s pretty regardless. It’s funny because when I had my hands on a round stone ring that I always wanted because everyone else around me had one, it turned out it wasnt what I wanted in the end. To me I think princess cuts shine more brighter than round ones do. I was going on a rampage for at least two months when I got engaged. But I’m super glad I kept what I got. I wouldn’t want it any other way. 

P.s. When you get yourself a wedding band to fit that bad boy, imagine the sparkles that will fly in every corner of the room! My wedding set made me fall in love with it even more. Try looking at bands bee. It may help. 

Post # 3
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - The Tall Ship Elissa, Galveston, TX

I had my heart set on a princess cut… Then when we went to ring-browse, the salesperson asked if I had considered a round brilliant, because I kept getting drawn to these sparkly sparkly rounds in the case. I told her I really liked the look of a princess cut. She put two stones of the same size next to each other, one princess and one round, and explained how the round tends to face up a lot bigger than the same size princess, and sprakle a lot more just because of the natre of the cut. She said that doesn’t matter to a lot of people, but that it seemed to matter to me.

Then she showed us how a 4-prong setting looked a lot more squared off than a 6-prong, and I was sold. 🙂  My Round Brilliant is soooooo sparkly, and the 4 prongs really do make it look way less, well, round. Lol. Which makes me happy. 🙂

But I do still love the edges and steps of a princess cut! And like princessbee1991 said, pairing a super sparkly band with your ering will really amp up the sparkle factor!

Post # 4
3332 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Have you cleaned it recently? Diamonds get dirty SO easily and that really dulls their sparkle. THat being said, princess cuts are actually very sparkly cuts though. If you’re considering an OEC, perhaps you like the bolder flash of light vs the many glittery sparkles of a princess cut.

Post # 5
100 posts
Blushing bee

I agree with PP. I was feeling like my diamond was not as sparkly as I remember when I got it. Then I visited my jeweler for something else and they cleaned it and the difference was INSANE. I went out and bought an ultrasonic cleaner that weekend. 

Post # 6
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

VintageGirl1020 :  ok, lets dissect this a bit. Firstly, OECs are not as sparkly as round brilliants. Secondly, princess cuts are a modified brilliant cut. They are MORE sparkly than OECs, and nearly just as sparkly as a round (since it’s really the same cut, just in a different shape). So what you’re saying doesn’t really make all that much sense. Either there’s something else about the specs of your ring that’s making it not as sparkly, or else you just need to go get your ring cleaned. 

Post # 7
378 posts
Helper bee

I completely agree that most princess cuts I’ve seen just don’t have the same sparkle as the RBs I see. Not sure if theres a reason for this but I definitely have noticed the same thing.

Post # 8
222 posts
Helper bee

Could you add a halo or one of those ring guards with diamonds on it?  I’m sure it is lovely and drool worthy as it it.

Post # 9
2853 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I have a cushion and I noticed the same thing with mine. It doesnt bother me really, but if I could do it all over again I might have requested a round diamond too. There’s a reason why the round cut is more expensive than most other cuts!

Post # 10
5161 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

catskillbride :  Yeah, this absolutely. I love OECs but there is no way they are as sparkly as a modern round brilliant or princess. That is actually what tends to appeal to certain people. The pleasure of OECs is more seeing their chunky facets or pattens up close. I have often thought they are more for the pleasure of the wearer, than to catch the eye of others. They are old cuts and were cut for low candlelight of the time, not big “sparkle”. 

Round brilliants and princess cuts on other hand were designed for maximizing light performance and “sparkle”. Even a modern cut OEC like an August Vintage Round will maximize light performance but will not have the same level of “sparkle” as a round brilliant or princess.

Agreed your ring may need an excellent cleaning, or there is something about the specs that means it does not perform as well as it could.

Post # 11
918 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

I did read that round brilliants tend to handle light better, but I have a princess cut and I think it’s super sparkly. And it glows in the right lighting. It’s a GIA certified .36 ct, very good, I color, VS 1 diamond. I keep it clean with an ultrasonic cleaner.

Post # 12
4231 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I have a princess cut too. My #1 choice would have been pear shaped…but princess was DH’s budget. I totally get where you are coming from!

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