The Best Engagement Ring Shape If You’re on a Budget

by Allyson Payer

Sethi Couture Princess Cut Solitaire Ring ($6490)

Sethi Couture Princess Cut Solitaire Ring ($6490)

Engagement ring shopping on a budget can be a bit overwhelming. Options can be limited and compromises will undoubtedly have to be made. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle on a less-than-brilliant ring.

Blue Nile Princess-Cut Floating Halo Diamond Engagement Ring ($5018)

Blue Nile Princess-Cut Floating Halo Diamond Engagement Ring ($5018)

According to the engagement ring experts at The Jewellery Editor, there’s one type of ring in particular that’s been soaring in popularity as of late for a very distinct reason. Princess-cut diamond rings (you can’t beat the name) have become the second most popular cut for engagement rings, after solitaire. Aside from the apparent beauty of a princess-cut ring, it’s perhaps the most budget-friendly of diamond cuts. The reason? You get more bang for your buck. Let us explain.

Yasuko Azuma Princess Cut Diamond Ring ($2800)

Yasuko Azuma Princess Cut Diamond Ring ($2800)

Since the corners of the diamond are left intact, it will be bigger than a round diamond of the same width, as less of the rough diamond has to be cut away when forming a square shape. Furthermore, princess diamonds are cut in the shape of a pyramid, and with four slanted sides, the cut has even more sparkle than other square diamonds due to the way the light is dispersed. Makes sense, right? Now that you’re in then know, keep scrolling to shop a few of our favorite princess-cut engagement rings.

 

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An Exclusive First Look at Karl Lagerfeld’s New Engagement Ring Designs

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The range of Karl Lagerfeld’s designs over the years has spread as far as light-up shoes for Chanel and as wide as cans of Diet Coke. However, his recent project brought him to a certain product and clientele he’s not exactly familiar with: engagement rings for brides-to-be. “I had never done a ring for that occasion,” Lagerfeld admits. “It was kind of a challenge.” He has entered into a licensing agreement with jeweler Frederick Goldman to distribute Karl Lagerfeld fine jewelry in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K., the first collection of which debuts this fall and focuses on engagement rings for the millennial crowd.

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The collection includes three distinct designs, the first of which is highlighted by pointed studs similar to the ones seen on many of the accessories in his eponymous line. The second style incorporates modern, geometric shapes, and the third is inspired by the curves and arches seen throughout Parisian architecture. All of the styles are offered in 18-karat white and yellow gold, as well as platinum, and prices start at $1,000, going up to $10,000. Continue reading