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Wider dramatic flashes of light

The Emerald Cut was originally developed for cutting emeralds and not diamonds. Emeralds usually have numerous inclusions making them vulnerable to breakage and therefore difficult to cut. The Emerald Cut was initially developed to address these issues. The Emerald cut is a type of step cut, meaning it has a row of facets that resemble the steps of a staircase and is usually four-sided and elongated. Because of its long lines, these stones are usually less fiery than Round Brilliant Cut diamonds, yet they tend to have wider more dramatic flashes of light. This gives the diamond a unique look with a hall-of-mirrors effect as the light and dark planes interplay.

Picking a good Emerald Cut

Emerald Cut Diamond Sketch

When choosing the Emerald Cut, it is especially important to pay attention to the quality of the diamond and select the highest grade possible within your budget. Because of the open table and large facets, color and inclusions become more noticeable than with other cuts. For example, an SI1 clarity grade might be a good choice in terms of balancing budget and appearance, however, with an Emerald Cut, it will be better to go for a VS2 clarity stone.

The classic rectangular shape

Emerald Cut stones vary from a narrow rectangle to nearly square. If you prefer an Emerald Cut with a squared outline, then it will be good to consider the Asscher Cut diamond as well. To find an Emerald cut with the right proportions, look for the length-to-width ratio to give you an idea of the face-on appearance of your diamond. The classic Emerald Cut shape has a length-to-width ratio between 1.30 and 1.40. Rectangular shaped stones that are not too deeply cut may look larger from the face-up appearance than a Princess Cut, Radiant Cut and Round Brilliant Cut of the same carat weight.

What are the prices for an Emerald Cut?

Since 1961, the Diamond Registry has published an overview of up-to-date wholesale prices for GIA certified Emerald Cut diamonds. Buying diamonds at wholesale prices will get you the exact stone you want at a much better price than retail prices. Below you will find the wholesale price list for Fancy Shape diamonds per carat, arranged by clarity grade and carat weight. To get the average wholesale price for the exact diamond you want, multiply the per carat value by the number of carats you want.

What to do next

Fill in the quote form to receive a free quote for the exact price of your Emerald Cut. Our diamond expert will personally contact you to give all the information you need. Sourcing our global network of diamond cutters and suppliers, we can find GIA certified diamonds at the best available wholesale prices. Your diamond expert will answer any further questions you might still have. He is your dedicated contact from beginning to end.

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