Emerald cut engagement rings are loved by all, both the old and the new. If you are into current styles, you must have noticed emerald cut diamonds worn by celebrities like Beyonce and Angelina Jolie. The emerald cut is a classic one, and is adored by many women for its sheer elegance. The dramatic brilliance of the stone makes it one of most sought after diamonds for engagement rings. Below is a quick look at the unique yet stylish diamond cut.
Finding the Best Emerald Cut Engagement Rings
The emerald gemstone is the inspiration to this cut, as it was originally meant for emeralds and not diamonds. The cut features an elongated rectangular shape with linear facets and step cuts. The elongated shape, large table, and the linear facets make the emerald cut stones very unique. Such diamonds produce a hall of mirror effect and provide a fusion of dark and light planes.
If you are in search of emerald cut engagement rings, you need to take into account the following things while choosing the diamond for the ring.
The first thing you need to understand is that diamond cut and diamond shapes are not the same. Even though we use the term “cut” while referring to diamond shapes like princess cut and round cut, it truly refers to the proportions of the diamond. The cut is the most important characteristics in the 4 C’s of diamond, as a high-quality cut is necessary for the diamond to sparkle to the most.
It is always recommended to go for diamonds that are that are graded by AGS or GIA, as these are the reliable diamond grading labs in the country. However, as emerald cut is not graded by the GIA, you need to guarantee the quality of the diamond that you choose by inspecting the stone thoroughly.
Emerald cut diamonds are available in shapes varying from almost square to a narrow rectangle shape. To understand how narrow or wide the diamond you chose is, you just need to divide the length of the diamond by its width. The standard length-to-width ratio of emerald cut is 1.50, while the most affordable proportions in the square range emerald cut are from 1.00 to 1.03. The length-to-width ratio of emerald cut diamonds in rectangle range is from 1.40 to 1.50.
The Clarity Guide
The clarity of the diamond you choose is subjective to individual preferences and changes from person to person. You might be interested in buying only a Flawless graded stone, while some would be okay with small inclusions in the stone as long as it cannot be easily detected with naked eyes.
As per the opinion of many diamond experts, going above VS2 grades is not value for money exactly, as they all will look the same – clean to bare eyes. Opting for a VS2 diamond, however, will help you save money while buying an emerald cut diamond that looks amazing. Note that the GIA scales clarity of diamonds from Flawless (having no inclusions) to Included (with inclusions that are readily visibly).
The tabletop of the diamond will be like a window that is unobstructed and clear. This means that any inclusions found in the middle of the stone will be easily visible on first look. As the pavilion (the bottom part of the diamond) and the crown (the upper part of the diamond above the girdle) of the stone are relatively shallow in emerald cut diamonds, the clarity will be accentuated in these stones.
The Color Guide
Like the clarity of the stone, the color preferences also depend on the buyer. Some buyers are more attracted to the diamonds that have a small yellowish tint, whereas others might be interested in buying the “pure white” ones. As it can be difficult to differentiae colors D – F, it would be a wise idea to go for the inexpensive lower grade diamonds, unless you are an investor or an idealist.
If you want to ensure that there is not any hint of warm colors in the diamond that you choose, it will be better not to go below the G color range. Yet note that color is also more noticeable in emerald cut engagement rings. The large tabletop of the diamond and step cut will retain more color when compared to the other diamond shapes. This will allow the eyes to see the natural color of the stone easily.
You can have unique step cuts and an elegant shape while choosing emerald cuts. This can be the best choice for you if you are in search of a diamond that is larger looking and yet affordable. As these diamonds need to be examined clearly for cut quality, color, and clarity, it is recommended to have an expert to review your diamond before you buy it.