What is an Emerald Cut Diamond?
Unsurprisingly given the name, this cut was originally used exclusively for emeralds before it was discovered to work beautifully for other gemstones too. Not least of these was the diamond, giving rise to the now much acclaimed ‘emerald diamond’.
Anatomy of an Emerald Cut Diamond
Emerald cut diamonds are rectangular in shape with carefully sculpted corners. Referred to as a ‘step cut’, they typically have around 57 facets, resembling stairs when viewed from above. Although the emerald diamond exudes less fire and brilliance than some of its counterparts, such as a brilliant diamond, its large elongated facets mean that they can emit captivating flashes of light for a real wow effect.
Whilst always admired, emerald diamonds have only come into real acclaim over more recent years as we have witnessed a revival of the Art Deco era. And its popularity has been further bolstered by many celebrities opting for this distinctive and stunning cut.
The silhouette of an emerald diamond helps to elongate the finger and is an extremely flattering style. A versatile stone, its beauty can be further enhanced by many ring settings. That said, ideally you want to maximise the amount of light that can flow through the diamond to ensure utmost sparkle – so a simple 4 prong setting is ideal.
Choosing an Emerald Cut Diamond
Many people believe an emerald cut diamond is best showcased in a higher clarity as the large flat table can make it difficult to hide inclusions or blemishes, but the expense of this can be balanced by opting for slightly more colour.
Why not speak to one of our diamond experts for more detailed advice and guidance on making the right emerald diamond choice for you? You can also take a look at the beautiful range of loose diamonds available now.