Emerald Cut Diamond Shape
As may be evident by the name, the "emerald cut" was originally developed for cutting emeralds, not diamonds.
emerald gemstone is a relatively hard stone (7.5 - 8.0 on the MOHS scale), it is known for numerous inclusions
(naturally occuring internal flaws). The inclusions make the stone vulnerable to breakage, making them difficult to cut.
The stepped, normally rectangular cut with cropped corners (shown above), known as
the "emerald cut" was developed to address these issues.
It was soon discovered that the emerald cut was also suitable for other stones, including diamonds.
emerald cut diamond
can be absolutely stunning. Because of it's long lines, it tends to be less fiery
than a "round brilliant" cut, but it also tends to have broader, more dramatic flashes of light.
The trim lines of emerald cut diamonds lend an elegant, sophisticated air to both the simplest and most elaborate ring settings.
Choosing an Emerald Cut Diamond
When purchasing an emerald cut diamond, it's extremely important to pay attention to quality and to select
the highest grade stone you can afford. Because of the "openess" of the cut, flaws, color weakness, and a poor
cut are more evident to the naked eye than a cut such as the round brilliant. The good news is, emerald cut diamonds are not as "traditional" as
the round brilliant or as trendy as the princess cut -- making their pricing extremely economical when compared
to the more common cuts.
For example, compare the following two diamonds available from one store:
Carat Weight: 1.00
Carat Weight: 1.00
Cut: Very Good
Cut: Very Good
The diamonds carry the same grades and are the same weight, but the emerald cut diamond is
$1,451 less than the round brilliant.
Our minimum recommendations for buying emerald cut diamonds are as follows (please remember these
recommendations are opinion only, and your tastes may vary):
Always be sure to check the length and width of the diamond prior to purchasing. The traditionally
accepted ratio for emerald cut diamonds is 1.5:1 to 1.75:1, but some people prefer longer, thinner cuts, and some prefer
the shorter, fatter cuts.
- Cut: Good
- Color: G
- Clarity: VS2
- Depth Percentage: 58-69%
- Table: 58-69%
Emerald Cut Diamond Ring
While not the traditional selection, emerald cut diamonds make lovely engagement rings (either as a solitaire or with accent stones).
And because they're usually less costly than comparable round brilliants, buyers can generally
afford a larger stone than if they selected a round brilliant.
Emerald cut diamonds do require four-pronged settings (as pictured). Make sure to keep that in mind when making your selection.
To give you some ideas of what's available for an emerald cut diamond ring, we've preselected a range of certified emerald cut diamonds for you to
examine (all from Blue Nile, one of the premiere diamond stores). Unless otherwise noted, these diamonds are within
our minimum requirements as listed above and are suitable for solitaire settings or settings with accent stones:
*PLEASE NOTE: All "Bargain Basement" diamonds fall below our minimum specification standards in one or more categories.
Where to buy Emerald Cut Diamonds
Any reputable dealer who sells loose diamonds will have a good selection of cuts, including the emerald cut.
For online purchase, we recommend