Differences Between Radiant Cut And Princess Cut Diamond Rings

August 17th, 2017

It is not easy to look for an engagement ring and if you are looking for a diamond engagement ring, the task will become all the more difficult due to the different types of diamond rings available. Due to this, people find it hard to choose and decide which one to go for. When it comes to diamond rings, princess cut diamond and radiant cut diamond are two extremely popular choices. Both are similar in a lot of ways but quite different from an expert’s perspective.

Related reading: check out this overview of diamond cuts.

Shape Of The Diamonds

One of the biggest differences between a radiant cut and princess cut diamond ring is that the former is typically found in a square shape but there are certain rectangular cut diamonds too. The former in contrast is typically found in square shape. The radiant cut diamond also has cut corners while the princess cut does not.


Diamond facets have polished surfaces and are flat. Both diamonds, radiant cut and princess cut, have different facets. The princess cut has a total of 76 facets whereas the facets of the radiant cut are comparatively less (62-70).


With respect to popularity, princess cut diamond rings are more popular and their popularity has shown an upward trend in the US since many years. You will find more princess cut diamond rings as compared to radiant cut rings today. This is not only due to their look but also the fact that the princess cut diamonds are designed in such a way that diamond cutters can get about two princess cuts from a given diamond.


One more distinguishing feature between radiant cut and princess cut diamond rings is the crown of the diamond. The crown is the area that falls between the high end (top) part of the diamond and its widest part. Both radiant cut and princess cut diamonds have a similar crown. This is one feature that the two have in common. The only difference in the crown of the two is that the radiant cut has a slightly higher crown than the princess cut.

Light Reflection

Another thing to note about the two diamond cut rings is the light reflection. Diamond rings reflect light in different patterns. The radiant cut diamond formulates a circular pattern whereas the princess cut diamond reflects light in a way that forms an X.

Use this information as you shop for diamonds. You’ll have a much better understanding of what the sales person is talking about, and you’ll make a much more informed decision.

Beautiful Pearl Engagement Rings

February 21st, 2017

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but you may be seeing a lot more pearls in 2017… especially at weddings across the country.


From the runways of New York Fashion Week to the necks, ears and wrists of Hollywood’s A-list celebs, pearl accessories are trending and, perhaps not so surprisingly, really starting to take shape in the bridal scene. This is particularly true for Millennial brides who don’t necessarily have any attachment to or affinity for diamonds. Why? Aside from the soaring popularity of pearls, it seems that many of today’s brides have educated themselves on the diamond market – the good, the bad, the ugly.


For years, many brides (and grooms) who are conscious of the way diamonds are sourced have done their best to avoid conflict gemstones. Now, many enlightened couples have also begun to realize that the diamond market is artificial – that most diamonds are typically very expensive simply because the powers that be control how much product heads to market. By limiting supply, you create the illusion of rarity and luxury. But Millennials are very much in tune with this and are turning to alternative gems on their wedding day, be it an engagement ring, earrings or a stunning necklace that complements the dress.


Younger generations are gravitating toward pearls. Lately, The Pearl Source has been selling pearl-centric engagement rings, which seem to be the diamond-alternative of choice for many brides. The Akoya Pearl and Diamond Solar Engagement Ring is one of the most popular. Brides say it has a classic, even retro elegance about it. Another popular choice for the “edgier” bride: the Tahitian South Sea Pearl and Diamond Bella Ring. The dark tone of the pearl contrasts the white gold and bright diamond halo, creating a real visual pop when it’s on the finger.



Whatever your style – classic, vintage, retro, sophisticated – pearls can make a great addition to any wedding day.

Perfect Pearls For Your Wedding Day

July 24th, 2015

There is nothing more elegant than a lustrous strand of pearls draped around a bride’s neck on her wedding day. The crisp white of her dress paired with the classic beauty of pearls is a vision of near perfection.

The tradition of brides wearing pearls to their wedding dates back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks believed wearing pearls on her wedding day would prevent a bride from crying and promote marital bliss. Much like a bride on her wedding day, pearls symbolize beauty, purity, and new beginnings.

So when it comes to choosing the perfect pearl strand for yours or a loved one’s wedding, here are a few things to keep in mind.


1. Pearl Overtones

White pearls are found with a variety of overtones. The most classic is the ivory overtone that has a creamy off white tint. Rose overtone pearls have a slight hint of pink, and white overtone pearls have a crisp white color. Depending on the bride’s complexion as well as the color of her dress, there may be a specific shade of white pearls that would complement her look best.

2. Pearl Size

The size of the pearls can really affect the look of the strand. Going with mid-sized pearls is usually a safe bet for brides. Any strand with pearls between 6.5mm and 8mm will look elegant and not overwhelm. Anything above or below that range may either be too small or too large and will take away from the simple beauty of the pearls.

3. Necklace Length

One last thing to keep in mind is the length of the necklace. Again, the brides dress is something to keep in mind since the two should really complement each other. The most popular necklace length for a bride would be anywhere between 16” and 20”. Longer lengths tend to get lost in the dress since they fall below the bust.


Whether you choose to wear a pearl strand, pair of earrings or simply a pearl bracelet to your wedding, one thing can be certain, you will look classy and elegant with natural gems adorning you.

- Leon Rbibo, President, The Pearl Source

The top 5 wedding rings for 2015

February 17th, 2015

Springtime is just around the corner and nothing inspires proposals more than the wedding season. Proposals mean ring purchases, so the hunt begins. Many styles never go out of fashion, but some find a resurgence in popularity at times. We’ve come up with the top 5 wedding rings for 2015 for your convenience.

Diamond Cluster Rings are a perfect choice for someone who is on a strict budget. Clusters or “Pavé” diamonds are a group of smaller diamonds that weigh the same as a single stone, but cost significantly less. You have the option of a much larger ring and good quality, yet smaller diamonds. Cluster settings look fabulous in platinum, gold, white gold, yellow gold and rose gold. The sparkle is exquisite and the look is impressive.

Gemstone Rings are a perfect way to stand out from the crowd. Sapphires, Emeralds, and Rubies are all precious stones and make a beautiful alternative to the traditional diamond. Morganite (sometimes referred to ‘pink emerald’) has become very popular as of late. The soft pink stone is a variety of beryl. Morganite is the pink stone of love. It is said to carry energy that can warm the wearer’s soul. Morganite is limited in availability, making it rather expensive. Gemstone rings are definitely one of the top 5 wedding rings for 2015.


Fancy Diamond Shape Cuts like cushion, emerald, and Asscher, have become increasingly popular. Cuts that were more popular in the 19th and early 20th century are now in demand. A cushion cut is rising above the princess cut which has been popular for years. The cushion cut has a soft shape with curved sides gives it a timeless feel. The emerald and Asscher cut diamond have a faceted pattern that is quite distinct lending itself to dynamic light and dark planes in the stone. The Asscher cut is similar to an emerald but in a square shape. The cut emphasizes brilliance and clarity. An emerald cut is a rectangle shape with a step cut pattern. The cut creates light and dark planes that are very reflective. Less brilliant than an Asscher or Princess cut but very elegant. With the beauty of a Fancy Diamond Shape we couldn’t help but add it to our top 5 wedding rings of 2015.

Rose Gold Engagement Rings have become the hot new metal for engagements rings this season. The copper hue offers a luxurious warmth set next to a vibrant diamond or rich ruby. To get the rose gold color, pure gold and copper are mixed with a bit of silver to get the perfect rose color. The contrast of diamonds against the rose gold offers stunning results. Rose gold was very popular in Russia in the 19th century and was called Russian Gold at the time. The 21st century has seen a resurgence of rose gold and many couples are choosing it for their engagement and wedding bands.

Halo Engagement Rings have been a favorite for some time, but the popularity doesn’t seem to be losing steam anytime soon. The Halo is yet another contender for the top 5 wedding rings for 2015. Not only does it have a glamorous sparkle, it is the perfect mix of modern and vintage. The halo setting allows for a more economical purchase. Carat weight is maximized by the smaller halo diamonds around the main diamond, giving the illusion of a much bigger ring. The smaller center stone allows for a better quality stone. The halo setting also looks great with any center stone cut. Whether it is Princess, round, oval, your setting will look spectacular.

Online jewellery stores like Laings of Glasgow present and alluring and contemporary collection of wedding rings to choose from. So, what more you want! Select a wedding ring and spellbind your soul mate forever.

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