Emerald cut engagement rings are as gorgeous as they are glamorous. Their unique shape and bold facets make them eye-catching and stunning. Their glamour has made them attractive to many of today’s stars like Beyonce and Angelina Jolie, as well as Hollywood legends like Elizabeth Taylor, who famously had a 29.4 carat emerald cut stunner that she jokingly called her ice skating rink.
Emerald cut engagement rings have grown in popularity with brides seeking a unique ring but are still a rare cut, with less than 5% of brides choosing the shape. If you’re among these rare brides, there are some things you should know before buying.
Know What You’re Buying
When shopping for any diamond, the first step is always to educate yourself on the qualities of the diamond. Emerald cut diamonds are cut into a rectangular shape with cropped corners. Step cuts are used to create larger facets on the diamond, giving it a beautiful “flash” effect in light. The 57 or 58 facets of the emerald cut are concentrically aligned, creating a mesmerizing “hall of mirrors” look.
In addition to giving the wearer a glamorous and classy style, the emerald cut also looks larger per carat than a round diamond would. This is due to the larger percentage surface area on the top of the diamond, known as the diamond’s table, giving the illusion of an overall larger size.
Focus On Important Details
Like with all diamonds, evaluating the Four Cs is important to determine the quality of the stone. But the clarity of an emerald cut diamond is especially important. This is due to the step cut of the stone, which reveals inclusions more easily than the common brilliant cut of other diamond shapes. Consider prioritizing a higher clarity grade when shopping for an emerald cut diamond.
You also need to consider the ratio of the emerald cut diamond’s rectangle. A standard ratio for an emerald cut diamond is 1.45 to 1.55 but if you prefer a longer rectangle you should look for a ratio of around 1.6. Likewise, if you prefer a shorter cut rectangle, you should look for a ratio of around 1.3.
Pair With The Best Setting
Once you’ve picked your perfect emerald cut diamond, it’s time to pair it with a setting that best highlights the beauty of the diamond. Settings that work well with emerald cut diamonds include simple solitaires that show off the diamonds shape and elegant halo settings that accentuate the vintage style of the cut.
Like with every diamond, what matters most is that you love it. Consider these three tips when buying your emerald-cut engagement ring and let them guide you toward the perfect diamond for you.
You can see more of Rock Her’s beautiful selection of emerald cut engagement rings at our emerald shaped diamond engagement rings page.