Diamond Education | Emerald Cut Diamond

What are emerald cut diamonds?

Although emerald cut diamonds were worn as ornamental jewelry in the 1400s, they’ve since gained in popularity for their art décor style and sophistication. Traditionally, emerald cut diamonds are rectangular or square in shape with truncated corners. Its shape lends itself to a large, open table, reminiscent of its green gemstone namesake.

What distinguishes emerald cut diamonds the most from other cuts are the rows of step-facets that reflect off of each other, often referred to as a, “hallway of mirrors.” This step-cut usually spans the length or width of the stone making the diamond bright, clear and shiny in appearance.

Because emerald cut diamonds are more transparent than others, they often require higher standards of quality. This means a higher color rating and clarity rating in the stone are important to consider as flaws, inclusions, and color weakness are likely to be more visible at lower grades. More specifically, we recommend selecting a diamond clarity grade of SI1 or higher when selecting an emerald cut diamond for your custom Sylvie Collection engagement ring. The length to width ratio of an emerald cut should be about 1.5 to 1 whereas the cut range should be between VS1-2.

The most popular style engagement ring featuring an emerald cut diamond is a solitaire setting. This setting enhances the brilliance and luster of the diamond by allowing light to travel freely through the precious stone, as opposed to other settings which may have restrictive closed backs.

When choosing an emerald cut diamond, keep these tips in mind:

  • Fancier cuts such as the emerald, asscher and radiant are much more rare.

  • A well-cut diamond requires a large table and symmetrical facets.

  • The quality of an emerald cut diamond can greatly affect its quality—an emerald with a cut grade or good or above may be best.