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The difference between a rock and a diamond is the way it processed. Since the middle ages, the industry was experimenting the best way to expose the beauty of the hard stone.

What makes Emerald cut different?

  1. The emerald cut has a rectangular shape with cut corners;
  2. The lines within the stone resemble stairs, which is why we refer to this type of cut as a step cut;
  3. Concentric flat planes spreading from the centre to the outer edges of the Stone;
  4. Table is wide and open, clarity and color grades are crucial aspects to consider;

Wider dramatic flashes of light

Emerald Cut Diamond Sketch

The Emerald Cut was initially developed for cutting emeralds, not diamonds. Most Emeralds have numerous inclusions making them brittle and therefore difficult to cut. The Emerald Cut was initially designed 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, the visual would be generally less fiery than Round Brilliant Cut diamonds, yet they tend to have much wider 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 Diamond

Color and clarity are the two factors only able to grade through visual inspection. Depend on the visual from colorless to yellow, white Diamonds will be grade in color D-G(colorless), H-M(yellowish), or N-Z(Light yellow). If the level of yellow exceeds Z, the stone color will be considered Fancy yellow, that will bring it to a new grading standard. When the GIA grades diamonds for their diamond grading reports, clarity is defined along a scale ranging from Flawless to Imperfect. To determine the clarity scale, experts look at various elements, which in total add to the final clarity grade assigned to the diamond. This includes not only the presence of inclusions or blemishes as imperfections but also its scale, type, shape, and locations.

Experts recommended that when choosing an Emerald Cut diamond, it is especially important to pay attention to the color and clarity 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 diamond cuts. For example, a G color SI1/SI2 grade might be the right choice in terms of balancing budget and appearance; however, with an Emerald Cut, it will be better to go for an E color VS2 diamond.

The unique long-width ratio of emerald cut brings brilliance to color diamonds. The ratio of the table is essential to show the color of color diamonds.

emerald cut diamond grade

The classic rectangular Diamond shape

Emerald Cut vary from a narrow rectangle to nearly square. If you prefer an Emerald Cut with a squared outline, then it will be useful to consider the Asscher Cut diamond as well.

The new 58 facets Asscher cut is similar to the Emerald Cut, with increased brilliance. It features a small table (equal length-to-width ratio), high crown, deep pavilion and cut corners, meant to draw the eye to the centre .

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 profoundly cut may look more significant from the face-up appearance than a Princess Cut, Radiant Cut and Round Brilliant Cut of the same carat weight.

As mentioned above, the color and inclusions become more noticeable than with other diamond cuts because of the bigger length-to-width ratio of an emerald cut diamond. When the GIA grades diamonds for their diamond grading reports, diamond clarity will be defined along a scale ranging from Flawless to Imperfect. To determine the clarity scale, diamond experts look at various elements, which in total add to the final clarity grade assigned to the diamond. This includes not only the presence of inclusions or blemishes as imperfections but also its scale, type, and locations.

Ideally, inclusions should avoid appearing on the table, but since most inclusions are transparent or in microscopic scale, inclusions and imperfections will only be able to spot by naked eye if the diamond clarity is below SI. A flawless (FL), or Internally Flawless (IF) diamond is the rarest among all diamonds, that means the GIA grader cannot see a single clarity imperfection in the diamond. Most of the best quality diamonds are in the grade of Very Very Sightly (VVS) or Very Sightly (VS) included, in this grade, the clarity inclusions are extremely difficult to spot even under a 10x lens by a GIA grader. Given the same carat and cutting, the price of a 3 carat diamond can be significantly different between VS and VVS. The recommended range for a good quality diamond is from SI1 SI2 to VVS since inclusions are invisible under naked eye.

How to set an emerald cut diamond to a Ring?

Color and clarity are essential for emerald cut diamonds, The diamond color will always stay the same, but yellow gold or white gold used for fine jewelry can influence the appearance of your diamond color from the naked eye. It is recommended to stay away from yellow gold jewelry for emerald cut diamonds. To make a good ring with an emerald cut, it is best to set with 4 prongs setting. The setting method determines how the diamond looks on your ring.

As emerald cut has a unique long-width ratio and large table, it is recommended to secure the diamond by 4 prong setting.

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.

The value of emerald cut in auctions:

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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