The Vintage Look of an Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

Posted on June 28th, 2014

The Emerald Cut engagement ring offers a subtle simplicity and casual elegance. This cut was originally created for use with emeralds to maximize the brilliance and sparkle of the stone and evolved into a successor of the table cut of the 1500s. The emerald was standardized in the 1940s and was a very popular cut during the Art Deco period. Today it is a very popular choice among fans of antique jewelry.

Emerald Cut Diamond DiagramAn emerald cut is rectangular in shape with an octagonal outline and blocked corners, since sharp corner points in diamonds are vulnerable to getting chipped.  The emerald cut requires a very high quality stone since imperfections in the stone will be very visible to the eye due to the large table (top area of diamond)  and shallow depth.  If a lower quality stone is selected, imperfections should be nearest the short ends or corners of the diamond so that blemishes are hidden within the facets.

Emerald Cut Diamond RingThe emerald cut diamond has step-cuts that are long and narrow, creating rectilinear facets that run parallel to the girdle of the stone.  Facets vary in numbers between 50 and 58. The ideal length to width ratio of the emerald cut diamond is 1.4:1 or a range between 1.3 and 1.5:1.  Emerald cut diamonds are popular among jewelers since approximately 80% of the rough diamond is retained and the cut is also perfect for handling larger stones.  The large facets of this diamond are effective in reflecting the light back through the diamond, thereby increasing its brightness.  This cut maximizes a diamond’s clarity, color and luster.

Emerald Cut Engagement RingIn a standard setting, the emerald cut diamond will run perpendicular to the band which visually elongates the finger.  For a truly unique ring, the center diamond can be set perpendicular to the finger (parallel to the band).  Some other incredible settings are three stone rings or solitaires with accent stones to balance out this incredibly bold center stone.  The emerald is also breathtaking in a rich, canary-colored fancy yellow diamond solitaire with white diamond side-stones.

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement RingEmerald cut diamond engagement rings are highly favored because of their unique, vintage style.  If your bride to be is bold and sophisticated, spontaneous and self-aware with an effortless elegance, then the emerald cut engagement ring is the perfect piece of jewelry to complement her unique traits. Visit Mark Broumand and his master jewelers in Los Angeles or online to find the perfect match for your perfect match.