The emerald cut diamond ring will showcase a stone that offers simple elegance in a timeless cut. Originally created for use with emeralds to maximize the luster and sparkle of the gemstone, these enhancements work just as well with a diamond. In addition to the distinctive and rare asscher cut diamond engagement ring, the standardized emerald cut diamond ring of the 1940s was one of the jewelry icons of the Art Deco period: large, geometrical and bold. For those considering a ring with marked clarity and classic personality, here are some of the intriguing characteristics of this renowned beauty.
The Beauty of Symmetry
An emerald cut diamond displays an octagonal silhouette comprised of the rectangular shape and four angled corners. 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 in a very high quality stone since imperfections in the stone will be very visible to the eye due to the large table (flat, top facet) 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.
The emerald cut diamond has long and narrow cuts (step-cuts or trap-cuts), patterned after stair steps that run parallel to the table of the stone. When viewing a diamond in a face down position, you will see gradual “stair steps” that end at the girdle, which is where the top section (crown) of a diamond and lower section (pavilion) meet. Looking down into an emerald cut diamond through the table, these 50 to 58 rectilinear facets will intersect in such a way that it looks as though a mirror lies within. This pattern illuminates the stone and reflects light back to the eye, also emphasizing the diamond’s clarity.
For fans of antique jewelry and vintage pieces, the emerald cut is one of the pillars in popular diamond cuts of the past. Many older emerald cut diamonds are truly rare to find since many of these stones were of such high quality, that they were later cut and polished into a more contemporary shape. Due to this quality standard, authentic emerald cuts of the early-to-mid-1900s are in high demand among vintage jewelers and enthusiasts to repair or refurbish antique pieces.