The emerald cut diamond derives its name from the popular rectangular shape of the brilliant green emerald gemstone, but not from its striking color. The emerald cut is derived from an event in the early 1400s, when diamond cutters decided to slice off the rounded upper surface of the fashionable Point Cut diamond, thereby creating the Table Cut. More modifications followed, with narrow facets added to create what are called Step Cuts. Eventually, the Emerald Cut (a step cut) was standardized around 1940. Modern emerald cut diamonds have 58 facets, but those facets are laid out much differently than the 58 facets of the sparkling brilliant cuts, resulting in a mirror-like appearance. Once popular in the Art Deco era, the sleek, sophisticated emerald cut is making a comeback due to a renewed fascination with vintage jewelry.
Emerald cut diamonds are known for their sophisticated, bold shapes, but they can be well-suited to many tastes. Great Heights offers a generous collection of engagement ring settings which pair beautifully with the emerald cut diamond. Traditional brides-to-be might be drawn to one of our classic solitaire or vintage three-stone engagement ring settings, both of which set this attractive diamond in a romantic light.
Women with a modern sensibility may be attracted to a cathedral shoulder setting or a smooth twisted vine setting, either of which would allow their impressive emerald cut diamond to make a strong statement. Using our style guide and ring builder allows one the opportunity to try out various ring settings with our stunning collection of emerald cut diamonds, all from the comfort of your own home. Choosing an emerald cut diamond from Great Heights gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you are buying a diamond with clean beginnings and higher standards. Our ethically grown and environmentally friendly diamonds are a great alternative to mined diamonds and up to 40% less expensive, to boot!
You may already be aware that diamonds are graded by the 4Cs of color, cut, clarity, and carat, but let’s find out more about each and how they apply to emerald cut diamonds.
Color-Diamonds are evaluated for their absence of color, and those with the best color scores have no hue. The color scale for diamonds advances from D-Z , with D looking the whitest, with no color, and Z having the most amount of color, usually a yellowish or brownish hue. Emerald cut diamonds, with their smooth tops and lack of sparkle, tend to show color. To avoid a yellow tint, it’s best to avoid diamonds with a lower color score.
Cut-The terms shape and cut can each describe properties of a diamond, but they express two different aspects of a diamond’s physicality. The shape of the stone refers to it’s outline when viewed from above. The emerald cut can be found in both rectangular and square shapes. The cut of a stone describes its proportions, the arrangement of the facets within the diamond, as well as the symmetry and polish. The emerald cut diamond is named for its unique cut. Together, the elements of a diamond’s cut influence how it interacts with light and how much it sparkles. The elongated facets of the emerald cut affect its fire, brightness, and scintillation, making it less sparkly than other diamond cuts, though many people prefer its mirror-like appearance.
Clarity-A diamond is judged for clarity based on the presence or absence of internal inclusions and external blemishes. Diamond graders use special magnifying tools called loupes to look at the size, position, number, nature, and relief of these flaws. The clarity scale for diamonds ranges from FL-I, or, flawless to included. Although a perfectly flawless diamond is the ideal, you can also save money by choosing a stone that looks good to the human eye. For the emerald cut, however, looking good to our eyes also means choosing a higher clarity grade. The long, smooth facets make inclusions in emerald cuts more visible, so don’t skimp on clarity.
Carat- A carat is the unit of weight for diamonds, with one carat equal to 200 milligrams. Diamonds generally increase in price with higher carat weights, however, two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different prices, due to how they are graded for the other 3Cs. Luckily, emerald cut diamonds look good in every size, but if you really want to make a statement, go for a larger carat size.
*Because of its large table, the emerald cut diamond can show inclusions more than other diamond cuts. Stick to a clarity score of VS2 or better and your diamond will shine.
*The emerald cut diamond is a superb choice for a classic, solitaire setting, but also looks stunning in a vintage, three-stone setting.
*Emerald cut diamonds tend to retain color, so a color grade of D-H is recommended when buying this remarkable stone.
*A great aspect of the emerald cut is that its long, smooth facets make it appear larger relative to its carat weight. Since saving on color and clarity scores is not recommended, carat is a place to help you stick to budget.
*If choosing a smaller stone, you can always make it appear larger by pairing it with a slimmer band.
Many of us have heard the messages about mined diamonds, both with their ethical quandaries and in how they affect our environment. Knowing that options exist when looking for diamond jewelry gives us the power to adhere to our moral principles. When we have choices in where we spend our money, buying products that match our higher standards becomes easier. Opting for lab-grown diamonds is a simple way to ensure that your diamond purchase is both ethically-conscious and environmentally friendly.
Besides, lab-grown diamonds and mined diamonds are structurally, chemically, and optically alike. Where lab diamonds and mined diamonds differ are in their origins. Lab diamonds are grown in clean, controlled laboratory conditions, unlike mined diamonds, which are taken from the earth using aggressive measures. The pure beginnings of Great Heights’ stone selections allows you to purchase an emerald cut diamond with a clear conscience. And remember, lab diamonds are up to 40% less expensive than mined diamonds. So, let’s think about this...real diamonds, clean conscious, save money, shop from home...what are you waiting for?