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The Best Way to Purchase an Emerald Cut Diamond

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Taking Clarity Into Consideration

The most important thing to remember when purchasing an emerald cut diamond is to realize how important clarity can be for this shape. In the diamond industry, clarity is one of the 4Cs of diamond quality, and it is a grading system that can determine how flawed a diamond is. When diamonds are formed naturally in the earth's crust, they can be exposed to elements that cause flaws either on the surface or within the diamond, depending on the situation.

When it comes to many brilliant cuts, such as the round brilliant cut, high clarity isn't always the most important consideration. Due to the fact that the brilliant cut style has numerous small facets, it is more difficult to see inside the diamond. On the other hand, emerald cut diamonds are step cut with large, linear, open facets, whereas princess cut diamonds are round cut. Because it is very easy to see inside an emerald cut diamond, clarity is more important than color in this type of diamond. Consequently, many experts recommend that you ensure your emerald cut diamond is eye clean, which means it has no flaws that are visible to the naked eye, before purchasing it.

In general, diamonds with clarity grades of VVS1 and higher will be eye clean. However, it is possible to find lower clarity diamonds that are also eye clean on occasion. Often, if a diamond has been graded VVS1, VVS2, or VS1 clarity by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the most stringent diamond grading organization in the world, it will be eye clean. It is also possible to find eye clean diamonds in diamonds with grades as low as VS2, SI1, or SI2, though this is less common.

Taking Into Account The Length To Width Ratio

The length to width ratio of an emerald cut diamond can vary greatly depending on its shape. An emerald cut diamond can have a variety of proportions, ranging from long and thin to square, depending on the aspect ratio. According to many experts, an emerald cut diamond with a ratio of 1.45 to 1.55 is ideal because it will have the classic emerald cut diamond appearance. There is no such thing as a "best" emerald cut diamond ratio or a "perfect" emerald cut diamond ratio, on the other hand. If you prefer the elongated shape of a slimmer emerald cut diamond, choose one with a higher ratio of facets to facet. Choose a lower ratio if, on the other hand, you prefer the look of a more square-shaped emerald cut diamond in your engagement ring.

Taking Into Consideration Color, Cut, And Carat

We've already discussed one of the 4Cs (clarity), but there are still three more to consider: cut, color, and carat weight of the gemstone. While clarity is a special consideration for emerald cut diamonds, other factors such as cut, color, and carat weight should be considered in the same way as they would be for other diamond shapes. It is always recommended by experts (including the gemologists at the GIA) that you prioritize diamond cut, which is a grading system that determines how well a diamond was cut in the first place. Diamond color, which refers to the degree to which a white diamond is colorless, is primarily a matter of personal preference. Just keep in mind that a diamond with a color grade of K or lower will be noticeably yellow in appearance. In conclusion, diamond carat weight, which is a weight measurement that can help you understand the size of a diamond, is typically a matter of personal preference and financial constraints.

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