The emerald cut is probably one of the oldest cut in the history of diamond cutting. Also known as a step cut, they are treasured for their timeless and elegant looks. They can be a perfect choice for your engagement if a distinct and vintage look is what you are looking for. My mother and my grand mother both had emerald cut diamond rings.
An emerald cut, more than any other cut, accentuates a stone’s clarity. And it thus becomes necessary to use a high-grade diamond when going for an emerald cut. One way to add glamour to this cut can be, by adding halo diamonds to the perimeter of the ring. An emerald cut halo diamond ring will also make the ring look bigger and royal.
The halo on this emerald cut are protecting the edges in a way, that it keeps them from chipping.Diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth, but they are brittle. Hitting the edge (girdle) of any diamond may “cleave” off a piece of the stone. Not so with halo rings.The proportion of the emerald cut can make the ring look longer if the stone is long and thin, suiting someone with long fingers.Alternately some emerald cuts are shorte and just off sqaure and are suitable for a hand with shorter fingers. and larger in size.
One thing that is associated with the emerald cut is, the brilliance and the shine is compromised this cut. Instead, it highlights the luster, polish, and clarity of the diamond.
Diamond clarity is an important aspect when buying an emerald diamond ring. There are small flaws (inclusions) in a diamond and a clear diamond is rare in nature. This makes a clear diamond more expensive. Clarity of a diamond is measured by the GIA grading scale. The clarity grades from high to low are: Flawless (FL), Internally flawless (IF), Very very slight inclusions (VVS1 and VVS2), Very small inclusions (VS1 and VS2), small inclusions (SI1 and SI2) and imperfections (I1, I2 and I3).
For an emerald cut diamond, it is recommended to go with the diamond that has clarity a clarity of at least SI1, or if you have the budget, VS2.
The best setting for an emerald cut is always the 4 prong setting. This allows the light to enter the diamond from maximum angles besides holding it steadily. In rings where the diamond is slender, 6 prong setting may also be used. It is a personal taste decision.
Why is a stone cut into the shape of the emerald cut?
The simple and only correct answer is. Money. When diamonds are mined they are found in many shapes, sizes, colors, and clarities. The average “yield” on diamonds after they are cut is around 50%. But Marquise shapes come from longer skinny pieces of raw diamond. That is why they are cut into marquise shapes. It is the most efficient use of the raw material. The cutter is tasked with extracting the most money for the percious diamonds he has purchased or mined. Likewise there are crystal shapes that look like emerald cuts already. Why not cut them into emerald cuts and capture a finished diamond weighing as much as 60-70% of the raw stones weight.? Triangular diamonds and heart shapes always come from raw diamonds that are shaped that way already. And so it goes. First the cutter analyzes the individual stone and decides on the shape. The color and clarity are also taken into consideration. But money and profit is the main reason an emerald cut diamond is cut int the emerald cut shape.
Length vs Width ratio
The ratio is simply, the length divided by the width of the diamond. This ratio helps you know how narrow or wide does the diamond appear. In my view, the ratio for an emerald cut diamond should always be between 1.3 to 1.6.However 1.20 sometimes is a better buy in dollar value and for that reason even better. Diamonds are one of natures miracles and cutters will make the diamond in a way to produce the maximum value. That is a balancing act between diamond proportion, and market demand.
It is true that the emerald cut diamonds are less expensive than other cuts. This diamond surely can save you up to 20% compared to round diamonds. Also, if you go for a halo design, this will make the ring look bigger and will make it more worth buying.
Emerald cut diamond rings have yet again made an entry into the fashion trends. Buying engagement rings online can be a good idea. This can also save you some money. But you should buy the ring from a website that has appropriate certifications. Also, you should stick with the one that offers report from non-biased laboratories such as the GIA, AGS, EGL and the IGI. It is important to buy it from a trusted and reputed online store. A good idea is to go to a Google verified review site such as Trust Pilot. A good diamond can be had with no certificate as well. If you relie strictly on the numbers on the certificate, you could be in for a rude awakening. There is an old saying ” A picture is worth a thousand words.”