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Considering an emerald-cut engagement ring? You're in good company. Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé sport the Art Deco-style shape—there's a reason why the emerald cut has become a celebrity favorite in recent years! An emerald-cut diamond's elongated shape actually makes the stone appear bigger than other diamond shapes, while the gem's vertical facets create a glamorous, mirror-like effect. It's an elegant cut that gives your rock some serious presence.
What Is the Emerald Cut?
An emerald-cut diamond is a rectangular stone with cut corners. "Emerald-cut diamonds feature step cuts, which are large facets that sit parallel to one another," explains gemologist Ryan Kelsie of Ritani.
Full disclosure: the emerald cut is not the sparkliest style on the market (if you're looking for sparkle, check out round or brilliant-cut stones). However, it is just as beautiful! "In an engagement ring, it creates a flattering, slenderizing effect on the finger," offers Kelsie. "The emerald-cut diamond is a desirable choice because its large surface area makes it appear larger than other diamond shapes of the same carat weight."
Meet the Expert
Ryan Kelsie is a gemologist at Ritani, a fine jewelry company that specializes in engagement rings and bridal jewelry.
And despite being around for centuries, the popularity of the emerald cut saw a resurgence during the Art Deco period in the 1920s and 1930s. Ahead, learn more about the emerald cut and what makes this diamond selection one of the best.
Pros and Cons of Emerald-Cut Engagement Rings
Unlike other cuts, emerald-cut diamonds put an emphasis on the stone's clarity rather than sparkle, per Kelsie, making clarity and color grade important details—and something to pay attention to when ring shopping.
There are some cons to note too. "Because of the large table and open facets, emerald-cut diamonds show imperfections and color easily," adds Kelsie. She suggests finding a stone with a "minimum clarity grade of VS2 or higher and a color grade of H or higher," adding that many consumers favor diamonds that appear colorless rather than yellow.
What to Look for in Emerald-Cut Diamonds
- What if you're ordering the engagement ring online? If you happen to be engagement ring shopping online, Kelsie urges you to always ask for high-definition imagery and videos before purchasing the emerald-cut stone.
- How much do emerald-cut diamonds cost? Typically, diamond prices are dictated by their shape. For an emerald cut ring, the cost ranges anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000. When pricing a ring, consider the carat of the diamond and the metals used to create the ring.
- What setting should you choose for an emerald-cut diamond? Since emerald-cut diamonds are stunning on their own, the setting will only enhance the beauty of the stone. Halo and solitaire settings are the most popular settings of rings, and using this shape for the emerald-cut diamond, pairs nicely for the overall look.
How to Care for Your Emerald-Cut Diamond
Emerald-cut diamonds should be cleaned with mild soap and warm water: Kelsie suggests using a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub between the prongs and hidden corners. In addition to routine at-home care, you should bring your diamond ring to the jeweler at least once a year. "Your jeweler can tighten the prongs so your diamond doesn’t become lost," she shares, adding, "jewelers can also professionally clean your ring to make it look just as beautiful as the day you first got it."
History of the Emerald Cut
According to Kelsie, the emerald cut is one of the oldest diamond shapes and has been around for centuries. "It gets its name from the emerald gemstone, which was cut in this fashion," she says. "Gemstone cutters found that emeralds chipped less when they were cut this way."
Below, scroll through unique, bold, and minimal emerald-cut engagement rings for every kind of bride.
Valerie Madison Vera Emerald Cut Moissanite Solitaire Engagement Ring
Although an emerald inspired the name of the emerald cut, there's no rules that state the ring has to have that green emerald shade. Here, the diamond stays in place by four claw prongs that highlight the entire stone. The band is simple, and makes the basket setting look traditional.