Known and identified for their glamorous silhouette, emerald cut diamonds feature a rectangular shape with truncated corners, and a broad flat plane that resembles stair steps if seen from a top angle – this enhances the colour and luster of the diamond. It has a shallow pavilion and crown, and this heightens the clarity of the stone more than any other diamond cut. The emerald cut usually has less fire and brilliance than brilliant cuts, but the enhanced clarity and crystalline rectangular structure ensures that its beauty is at its best. To add to the versatility of the emerald shape, the flat plane of the edges makes way for a variety of gemstones like thin rectangular diamonds, also known as baguettes, to flank the cut. The emerald cut features large open facets, and therefore, higher clarity grades are recommended for this diamond shape.
Numbers of importance
- The emerald cut usually features 57 dazzling facets, however, this number could vary depending on the number of rows on the crown and pavilion of the diamond.
- A 1 carat emerald cut diamond has 5% greater surface area than a 1 carat round cut, and this makes the emerald cut diamond engagement ring look bigger.
The emerald cut diamond’s stylistic origins trace back to the table cut of the 1500s. It was a shape first created for emerald stones. Soon after, diamond stonecutters took notice and appreciated this new shape and began to incorporate it into diamonds as well. The art deco period, where clean lines and symmetry were admired, inspired the emerald cut trend. And since then this diamond shape has reigned popular for engagement rings and other jewelry pieces.
Uniglo Diamonds tip
When selecting an emerald cut diamond, a clarity of VS1 or VS2 or higher is ideal.