Another enduring classic, made popular during the Deco period of 1920, the emerald cut is a less common style of engagement ring.
Much like the name suggests, the emerald cut engagement ring is associated with emeralds. The emerald cut makes use of the same technique that is used to shape this soft and striking stone.
Similar to its square cousin, the asscher cut, the emerald cut is made distinctive by its strong lines, step cuts and beveled edges. These run parallel down the rectangular stone.
But this cut of diamond engagement ring makes up just 3% of all stones. So what is it that makes the emerald cut engagement ring stand out? We unpack the pros and the cons of this choice of cut.
It’s competitively priced per carat
One of the most common things you will hear about the emerald cut engagement ring is that it is affordable. But there are a few important caveats to consider here.
Yes, the emerald cut is affordable when considered per carat. But there are a few drawbacks to this cut, which might result in you needing to upgrade to a stone with better clarity.
It emphasises flaws
Unlike round and brilliant cuts, the emerald cut is unforgiving of any flaws in the stone. In fact, these might even be visible to the naked eye.
This is one of the reasons you should be very careful when making your selection of stone for an emerald cut. We would advise you to search out a jeweller with a lot of experience with this cut, to ensure you are happy with the final product.
Colour might be an issue
For much the same reason listed above, your emerald cut engagement ring might not have the colour you craved. This is down to the large and open surface area of the stone (known as the table), combined with the step cut. Both reveal more of the natural colouring of the stone.
If you’re working with a warmer stone in the H-K grade, it will appear slightly yellow in this cut. If you want your stone clear, you’ll have to purchase one of a higher colour grade.
It looks large
But it’s not all doom and gloom with the emerald cut. One of the best things about this cut is that it looks larger than circular stones of similar surface areas. So if size is important for you, this might be a strong contender.
It has less sparkle
While a well-cut emerald has shine, the emerald cut is still less sparkly than most circular cuts. If you’re a low key bride, this glassy look might suit you just fine, but if you're looking for maximum shine, the emerald might not be the cut for you.
This is due to the step cut facets of the stone, which unlike brilliant cut diamonds, are not cut to maximize brilliance (the reflection and sparkle of light through the stone).
While there are both pros and cons to the emerald cut engagement ring, the choice is ultimately up to you. Remember, there is no right and wrong when it comes to choosing the perfect ring for you.