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Emerald Cut Diamond 101

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Do you like the elegant emerald cut diamond? We're here to help you decide. This Diamonds 101 guide will teach you all about emerald cut diamonds. We'll cover the emerald cut diamond's definition and anatomy, what to look for when buying one, and some frequently asked questions.

Emerald Cut Diamonds

From above, an emerald cut diamond appears as a rectangle with rounded corners. Step cut facets give emerald diamonds many long, elegant lines. The emerald cut diamond's famous hall of mirrors effect is created by these parallel linear step cut facets.

Emerald cut diamonds are a rarer jewelry choice. Many fashionistas and celebrities adore this chic diamond shape. Beyonce, Amal Clooney, and Angelina Jolie have all worn emerald cut diamond engagement rings.

Note On Emerald, Asscher, And Radiant Cuts

Emerald cut diamonds are not to be confused with asscher and radiant cut diamonds. From above, the asscher cut diamond looks like a rectangle with rounded corners, just like the emerald cut. Conversely, the patented Asscher cut creates an X-shaped facet pattern on the top of the diamond. The radiant cut diamond also has rounded corners. In contrast to step cut diamonds, radiant cut diamonds are brilliant cut, with many non-rectangular facets that reflect light differently.

Buying An Emerald Cut Diamond

Clarity In Mind

Our top buying tip for emerald cut diamonds is to understand the importance of clarity. Clarity, one of the Four Cs of diamond quality, indicates a diamond's flaws. While forming in the earth's crust, diamonds are exposed to elements that cause flaws externally or internally.

Many brilliant cuts, like the round brilliant cut, don't require extreme clarity. The brilliant cut style has many small facets that make it difficult to see inside the diamond. However, emerald cut diamonds have large, linear, open facets. Because an emerald cut diamond is transparent, clarity is more important. As a result, many experts advise making sure your emerald cut diamond is eye clean, meaning there are no visible flaws.

Eye-clean diamonds are VVS1 and above. However, eye clean diamonds of lower clarity are occasionally found. The GIA, the strictest diamond grading organization, often gives eye-clean diamonds a VVS1, VVS2, or VS1 clarity grade. Also, diamonds VS2, SI1, or SI2 can be eye clean, though this is rare.

Ratio Of Length To Width

The length to width ratio of an emerald cut diamond varies. An emerald cut diamond's proportions can range from long and thin to square. The classic emerald cut diamond look is achieved by a ratio of 1.45 to 1.55. There is no “best” or “perfect” emerald cut diamond ratio. If you prefer a slimmer emerald cut diamond, go for a higher ratio. If you prefer a more square-shaped emerald cut diamond, choose a lower ratio.

Color, Cut, And Carat

The Four Cs are cut, color, and carat. We've already covered one (clarity), but there are three more. While emerald cut diamonds are known for their exceptional clarity, other factors such as cut, color, and carat should be considered. Experts (including GIA gemologists) always recommend prioritizing diamond cut. Diamond color, or how colorless a white diamond is, is largely subjective. Remember that a K color diamond will be noticeably yellow. Finally, diamond carat, or weight measurement, is a matter of budget and personal preference.

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