Emerald cut engagement rings are one of the most stylish and classic styles around. Their sleek sophistication make them the perfect type of engagement ring to really bring out the “wow” factor. There are a multitude of styles that are bound to suit any budget and preference, but it’s important to do your homework in order to get the right design and cut for this unique type of engagement ring.
Emerald Cut Engagement Rings 101
- This tabled cut was first created to display the unique beauty of green emeralds but quickly became an interesting choice for diamonds and other gemstones.
- The basic idea is that it is a rectangle in a table type shape, with step cuts and side facets which give bright flashes of light.
- Different than other types of cuts like the princess or round brilliant that have a many facets, emerald cut engagement rings have fewer but larger cuts. This means that it will reflect light in a flashy manner compared to glittery constant fire. Don’t let this put you off! It has it’s own beautiful flashy appearance that is a stunner especially in sunlight.
- Emerald cut engagement rings are extremely versatile and look strikingly beautiful as solitaires, three stone rings and vintage styles.
- The rectangular shape of the stone provides length, making it look larger than it really is and giving a slender appearance to the fingers.
- Because of the tapered corners, the stone is protected from chipping wear and tear, unlike other types of settings.
- Emerald cut engagement rings can be more affordable because they require less work and less cutting to get the desired look.
Buying Emerald Cut Engagement Rings: What to Look For
One of the first things experts will tell you is that because of the ultra-clear nature of the stone and the lower number of facets, flaws are easier to detect. For instance, a round brilliant stone has so many facets that it can make it more difficult to see through the stone and its imperfections. With an emerald cut, the clarity grade quality needs to be higher because flaws are more visible.
For instance, the below diamond has obvious flaws that cannot be hidden:
Alternately, look at this one that has inclusions more towards the sides of the diamond. Much less noticeable and it can be hidden with a halo setting:
In general, a good rule of thumb is to buy the best clarity grade diamond you can afford, try to to stick with around a 60% table, look for the width of the diamond to be 2/3 of the length, and ensure that the bottom of the diamond is pointed (and not tapered or cut or cropped off).
Setting Styles for Emerald Cut Engagement Rings
Sometimes it’s better to show rather than tell when trying to explain the different types of styles and settings for emerald cut engagement rings. From the simple to the ornate, here are some popular designs to get you started: