Short Description: The emerald cut is a square, stepped shape with cropped corners. This cut stone reveals a classic beauty and elegance not seen in other cuts as its pavilion creates a unique optical look. Also, even though they have fewer facets than other diamond cuts, they do however have larger facets, which can sometimes magnify the beauty of a stone. This cut has a subtle and bolder look with less “sparkle” or refraction than brilliant cuts.
Characteristics:The emerald cut has 58 facets (25 crown, 8 girdle and 25 pavilion). Because of the angle, size and shape of the facets, the emerald cut shows less brilliance and fire (dispersion) than the other brilliant cut diamonds.
History: The Emerald cut diamond has a rich and vibrant history that dates back thousands of years. The word ‘Emerald,’ has meanings dating back to the ancient Greek word which means ‘Green’. It was not initially thought to be used as a style for cutting loose diamonds, but instead was used for cutting precious emerald stones themselves. Emeralds were known for their many inclusions which made them susceptible to fractures and other imperfections.
Buying Advice: These stones should be carefully selected, as inclusions and inferior colour are more pronounced in this particular cut. The best dimensions for the classic emerald-cut shape is a length-to-width ratio about 1.50, however nowadays more of a square shape seems to be in fashion with ratios close to 1.30 and 1.40. We suggest choosing emerald cut diamonds with depth 58-69% and table 58-69%. If your future fiancé has long and slender fingers, a single Emerald cut stone on her diamond engagement ring will make the stone appear even more elongated. This look can be very flattering for her hand.
Celebrity who flashed Emerald Cut: Angelina Jolie received her beautiful modern and angular Emerald Cut engagement ring which Brad co-designed the engagement ring with Beverly Hills jeweller Robert Procop.
Q: Which setting to choose for an emerald cut diamond?
A: The beauty of the emerald shape diamond lies in its simplicity, so avoid spoiling that by mixing it with too many other elements. You can mount your centre-piece with side tapering baguettes – such mounting was popular in art deco period (during 1920’s and 1930’s), when geometrical shapes were in demand.