Unlike the many different brilliant cuts, from round to marquise, the emerald cut is part of a group known as step cuts. This means that the facets (reflective edges) are designs as rows in a staircase formation leading to a flat, larger central surface. While it produces less fire and sparkle from the diamond then a brilliant cut, the resulting stone looks incredibly elegant and sophisticated. Rather then being constantly dazzling, it achieves sudden longer flashes of light which can, in it?s own way, be more dramatic.
When it comes to engagement rings, brilliant round cut diamonds are king. However, there is another style of diamond cut that is sneaking up the popularity scale with even superstars like Beyonce sporting a fabulous $5 million version. These are the emerald cut engagement rings. Originally en vogue during the Art Deco period in the 1920?and 30?s, these understated, sleek rings are making some what of revival.
They come in either square or rectangular shapes with curved corners and have 58 facets. Traditionally the rectangular shape has always been more popular, but recent trend is moving towards the squarer versions. It is only really possible to get emerald cut diamond engagement rings in a 4 claw setting.
The emerald cut originally came about because it was used to cut not diamonds but…..emeralds. Although a relatively hard stone, it is common for emeralds to have numerous internal flaws which makes the stone weaker and harder to cut. The emerald cut resolved this problem. Unlike emeralds though, the inclusions in diamonds are more obvious because they are clear so it is necessary to have a better quality of diamond then would be necessary in a brilliant cut. This does not lead to more expensive engagement rings though as traditional cuts are still so much in demand it keeps emerald cut engagement rings competitively priced.