Emerald cut engagement rings are always praised for their timeless beauty. The emerald cut diamonds are cut in a unique pattern known as the step cut. Such diamonds, unlike the common brilliant faceted diamonds, have narrow and long facets. This distinctive pattern of the facets in an emerald cut ring allows it to create flashes of light as well as dark planes on each of the faces.
The GIA does not provide any cut grade to the emerald cut. The cut grades that could be seen related to this cut is actually assigned by the jewelers themselves. As that could vary from jeweler to jeweler, you would have to verify the cut grade yourself when buying emerald cut engagement rings.
In fact, doing so is not much of a hassle if you knew the basics. Since the emerald cut amazingly adds the beauty to the diamond, it is very important to keep the ideal specifications in mind when buying one. For an Ideal to Excellent cut diamond, you need to go for the following range.
- Table Percentage: 53% – 58%
- Depth Percentage: 59% – 63%
- Girdle: Thin to Slightly Thick
- Culet: None
- Length to Width Ratio: 1 – 1.01
You can always crosscheck your stone’s characters with the help of an expert gemologist.
The color grading in the emerald cut diamond gives you an idea of the color intensity shown by the diamond. The emerald cut diamond also exposes more color when compared to other brilliant cut diamonds because of its step cut. This means that you would have to choose a color grade higher than what you normally choose when purchasing a different diamond shape.
Another thing to note is that the smaller emerald cut diamonds have a greater ability to hide more color than that of the larger emerald cut. This means that it is not important to purchase a colorless (D – F) diamond if you would like to have a colorless diamond. The below chart would help you in choosing the ideal color for your emerald cut diamond.
|Carat Weight||No Visible Color ||Slightly Tinted||Warmer Color|
|< 0.5||D – I||J – K||L +|
|0.75 – 1||D – H||I – K||L +|
|1 – 1.5||D – G||H – I||J +|
|1.5 and above||D – F||G – I||J +|