Emerald cut diamond rings are not rings with a diamond disguised to look like an emerald. Emerald cut simply describes the way the diamond is shaped. It was indeed named after the emerald, because it was a cut developed for and very often applied to this gemstone.
What Is the Emerald Cut?
The emerald cut is what is called a straight sided cut or a step cut. The way the pavilion, or top of the gemstone, is cut leaves a large pavilion and long, straight facets. This sets up a play of light and shadow inside of the gemstone. Emerald cut is unusual for a diamond because these types of cuts are usually made to show off the gemstone’s color. A cut with many facets, like the brilliant cut, is made to show off the gemstone’s fire and sparkle, and no gemstone has more fire and sparkle than a high quality diamond. However, an emerald cut diamond has a look of sophistication and elegance that can’t be matched by brilliant or other round cuts. The diamonds do sparkle, but their sparkle is subtler. A person can best see the sparkle on the corners of a diamond that has been well cut, while flashes of light occur within the gemstone.
Emerald cut gems are usually rectangular, and the most valued have a length to width ratio of about 1.40 to 1.50. This number results when the length is divided by the width. A square emerald cut stone is considered top notch if its length to width is 1.00 to 1.03.
How An Emerald Cut Affects the Diamond
Because of the size of the pavilion and the facets, the color of a diamond is easier to see in an emerald cut. Though the highest quality diamonds are considered colorless or white, a person buying an emerald cut diamond may appreciate the slightly warmer color of a diamond with a tiny bit of yellow in it. However, the properties of an emerald cut that bring out a diamond’s color also make its flaws and inclusions more noticeable. Some people settle for a diamond that is eye clean, which means its flaws can’t be seen with the naked eye, but some people will insist on a diamond that is flawless.
By the way, it is perfectly acceptable to shape a colored, or fancy diamond in an emerald cut. Fancy diamonds come in a rainbow of colors from the palest yellow to black. They can also be green. So, what’s the difference between emerald rings and diamond rings in an emerald cut? A green diamond is made of carbon with impurities that turn it a green color. Green diamonds are also the result of irradiation. The emeralds that are seen on emerald rings are made of beryllium aluminum silicate. The emerald cut was developed because emerald is weaker and softer than diamond, and the cut spared the corners from chipping.
The value of a green or any color diamond depends on purity of the color, how even the color is throughout the stone and the strength of the color’s saturation.
An emerald cut also makes a diamond appear bigger because it does not carve away as much of the original diamond. Because of this, the buyer gets more diamond for the same price as he or she would a round cut diamond. Emerald cut diamond rings would probably cost less anyway because they are in less demand than the very popular brilliant cut diamond engagement rings. Because of this, the buyer is in a position to demand a diamond that is colorless, eye clean or even flawless.
An emerald cut diamond ring also benefits the wearer. It is not only beautiful, but the long facets make the wearer’s fingers look longer and more slender than they actually are.
The emerald cut diamond looks stunning on all kinds of precious metal bands. A platinum band brings out the elegance of the diamond, which is one of the reasons why platinum is the most popular metal for engagement rings. Platinum is also tarnish-proof, hypoallergenic and, unlike gold or silver, doesn’t need to be alloyed with other metals to make it stronger. Other metals are gold, silver, palladium, cobalt and tungsten carbide.