Everything You Need to Know About Emerald Cut Diamonds

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It wasn’t until recently that I found myself seriously ogling emerald cut diamond engagement rings. In fact, I used to kind of actively dislike the cut. But now everytime I see one I find myself drawn to the cut and clarity of the stone and it’s unique art deco-ish look.

In case you’re not familiar with emerald cut diamonds, the style was originally developed for—you guessed it—emeralds. While emeralds are a hard stone, it’s prone to inclusions (natural flaws) which made them difficult to cut without damaging them. So someone somewhere figured out that a “stepped” cut with cropped (octgagonal) corners was best for them. The trend eventually found its way to diamonds, sapphires, and other gemstones, and was particularly popular from the 1920’s-1940’s. While a rectangular shape is the most common for emerald cut diamonds, square versions are also available. Square emerald cuts are often referred to as Asscher cut diamonds (though the GIA does not officially recognize that name, the name was given to the Royal Asscher Diamond Company’s most famous cut).

What You Need to Know

Because an emerald cut accentuates a stone’s clarity more than any other cut, it’s super important to go for the highest grade of diamond you can afford. While some diamond cuts are forgiving when it comes to clarity (most flaws are not visible to the untrained eye), an emerald cut diamond will show virtually ever flaw due to it’s large, open facets. You’ll also want to pay close attention to the color, and opt for a rating of D-G for color and stick to the VS1-VS2 range for clarity. Get more information on the 4 c’s of diamond buying here.

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LumeraDiamonds.com has a great guide for what the grades are for emerald cut diamonds per carat, below. Remember, you’ll want to stock to the Excellent-Very Good range for an emerald cut diamond.

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Having to buy the highest cut/color might sound like bad news, but it’s not. Thankfully emerald cut diamonds are traditionally less expensive than other cuts of diamonds such as round and princess. BlueNile.com has a helpful guide that illustrates the price difference between the cuts, below. Prices are for a 1.00 to 1.05 carat diamond with a minimum of Very Good cut, G color, VS2 clarity, Very Good symmetry, Very Good polish and Faint fluorescence, pictured below.

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Even though round, cushion, and princess cut diamonds are still the most popular, emerald cut diamond engagement rings are definitely coming back in style (if they ever truly left). Celebrities like Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Blake Lively, and Angelina Jolie are all sporting the Art Deco cut. Even George Clooney popped the question to fiance Amal Alamuddin with a stunning emerald cut diamond.

Ready to ogle your own emerald cut diamond engagement ring? I’ve done some Pinterest hunting and found a few of my favorite emerald cut diamond engagement rings here.

In the meantime, what’s your favorite diamond cut? Let me know in the comments section below!


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