We all love emerald-cut diamonds, it is true. They look sophisticated and stately thanks to their large, open tables. But, does an emerald-cut diamond ring fit everyone’s hand? For example, yours? Keep scrolling to find out the answer.
THE EMERALD CUT DIAMOND RING EXPLAINED
The simplest way to describe an emerald cut diamond ring is by saying that it has a graceful, elongated rectangular shape. From a professional perspective, the emerald-cut diamond is defined as a precious gem with straight linear facets laid out in a parallel order down the stone. In most cases, diamond cutters crop the diamond’s corners in order to prevent fractures and provide it with extra stability.
The other name for the emerald cut is “step cut”. Thanks to the large facets that come in an average number of 58, an emerald-cut diamond owns an incredible clarity with captivating reflections of any type of light (white or colored). The typical length-to-width ratio of an emerald-cut diamond ring is 1.30, but there are also other variations that can be seen on the jewelry market, such as 1.25, 1.40 and 1.60.
Not familiar with the term “length-to-width ratio”? Do not worry, we got you. To get the length-to-width ratio of a diamond, you need to divide its length by its width, as simple as that. Therefore, if the diamond is 5mm long and 4 mm wide, its length-to-width ratio is 1.25.
When looking for emerald-cut engagement rings, the first thing you notice is the size and clarity of the stone. Diamonds fashioned in emerald cut have a larger appearance than diamonds in other shapes with the same carat size. When it comes to clarity, let’s not be modest and say that we all want a diamond that looks impeccably clear with no visible inclusions or blemishes, at least not to the naked eye. That is why the clarity feature plays such an important role in the diamond selection and the big truth is, clarity defines the shimmer (luster) of the stone.
In addition, learn about a diamond’s clarity grades that are officially set by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA):
Internally Flawless ⇢ IF
Very Very Small Inclusions 1 ⇢ VVS1
Very Very Small Inclusions 2 ⇢ VVS2
Very Small Inclusions 1 ⇢ VS1
Very Small Inclusions 2 ⇢ VS2
Small Inclusions 1 ⇢ SI1
Small Inclusions 2 ⇢ SI2
Inclusions 1 ⇢ I1
Inclusions 2 ⇢ I2
Of course, internally flawless emerald-cut diamond engagement rings aren't budget-friendly, so the best alternative for buyers who do not want to spend a small fortune on this purchase is to go for a diamond graded VS1 or VS2.
Unlike the majority of cuts, emerald-cut diamonds enjoy the privilege to keep their color longer and more intensely saturated. Wondering why so? Again, it is thanks to the large, elongated table and the step cut. According to the GIA’s color-grading scale, diamonds, including those in emerald shape are classified from D to Z. For white diamonds, D is the best color grade as it signifies “most colorless”. On the other hand, Z stands for visible yellow or brown tint.
The naked eye stops seeing yellow or brown tints in the stone at the I color grade. The higher the grade, the better. Another significant factor in terms of color is the setting. Therefore, the color of the diamond has to be in accordance with the setting, because not every color has its optimum performance in every setting. Usually, white gold and French pavé setting are the most color-friendly options for diamonds.
✓ WHY TO CHOOSE AN EMERALD-CUT DIAMOND RING?
First and foremost, an emerald-cut diamond ring looks impressive and gorgeous, which is exactly what any woman with a refined taste is chasing after. The diamond carved in emerald cut looks equally stunning in solitaire and halo designs, with or without smaller diamond accents on both sides of the band. The best gemstone options (besides diamonds) to look around for a ring centered with an emerald-cut gem are: citrine, amethyst, aquamarine and emerald itself.
Here is one more major benefit of owning such a jewelry piece. You will have a larger-looking diamond for a smaller carat size, which in other words means, guaranteed opulence without an additional cost. Last but definitely not least, the tapered corners of the emerald-cut diamond make it resistant to chipping, breaking and catching on clothes. Isn’t this the type of ring that every lady dreams of?
✗ WHY NOT TO CHOOSE AN EMERALD-CUT DIAMOND RING?
Hard to accept, but the emerald cut is not the most brilliant cut you can find on the market. Round brilliant, asscher and princess-cut diamonds are the three shapes that exude the highest levels of fire and brilliance. The second drawback is that inclusions and blemishes are more visible in emerald-cut diamonds, because of their large facets. Third and last, an emerald-cut diamond ring will not achieve the desired effect of beauty if worn on a small hand. The shape itself is a bulky one, so it requires a hand with long and slender fingers.
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