Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring Guide
13th October 2022
Glamorous and elegant, emerald-cut diamonds have been a popular engagement ring choice for decades. With its large surface area making it appear larger, vertical facets giving it a mirror-like shine and unique art-decor aesthetic, an emerald cut diamond ring know exactly how to make a show-stopping statement.
If you’re considering buying an emerald cut engagement ring for your future spouse, we’ve put together this useful guide which explores the interesting history of the emerald cut as well as what differentiates it from others and beautiful emerald cut styles to choose from.
What is an Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring?
An emerald-cut diamond is typically rectangular with cut corners, although you can get square emerald-cut diamonds, too. With around 57 straight facets and an elongated shape, this diamond will produce flashes of both white and coloured light, rather than brilliance and sparkle, to create the mirrored effect it’s so well known for.
Because of its shape, the emerald cut is thought of as a flattering style of engagement ring as it helps create a slender effect on the finger. It’s also ideal for someone wanting a larger stone without the higher price point, as its surface area often appears bigger than other diamond shapes of the same carat.
The History of Emerald-Cut Engagement Rings
Having been around for centuries, the emerald cut diamond is one of the oldest shapes that are still just as popular today. This cut originates back to the 1500s when stonecutters would cut emerald gemstones into a rectangular shape. They used this cut for emeralds, as it helped to reduce the pressure during the cutting process. So, it prevented any chips from happening in the stone. Diamond cutters very quickly picked up on this technique and adopted it themselves, in order to achieve chip-free, smooth diamonds.
In the 1920s, the term ‘emerald cut’ was given to this diamond shape as it saw a rise in popularity. In an era where clean lines and symmetry were in fashion, the emerald cut diamond fit right in and was often chosen for engagement rings and earrings too. Since then, they have remained in the limelight and have a classic, vintage look and feel, which is admired and sought after by many.
The Meaning Behind Emerald-Cut Engagement Rings
With its bold appearance, an emerald-cut diamond is often suited to those who enjoy flashy and exuberant fashion choices. This style of diamond was made for people who like to stand out from the crowd and exude both drama, class and confidence. Because of its large surface face, it’s believed that wearers of an emerald cut have an open heart. And, since the emerald cut will highlight the clarity of the stone better than other shapes, it's said to reflect this in its owner as well.
Differences Between Emerald-Cut and Emerald Stone Engagement Rings
Oftentimes, we see many people confused about the differences between emerald cut diamonds and emerald stones themselves. As the emerald cut was initially created for emeralds, it’s easy to understand where the confusion comes from. However, as mentioned above, the emerald cut is a rectangular shape with cropped corners that are suited to a wide variety of gemstones. Whereas, an emerald stone, is a gorgeous green gemstone that’s used in a variety of jewellery pieces, from rings and pendants to earrings and bracelets.
Emerald gemstones are known for being a very soft, fragile stone, earning itself a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, whereas a diamond scores a 10, which makes it one of the hardest substances on earth. While it’s possible to have an emerald engagement ring, be mindful of the fact that it's a delicate stone, so we recommend not wearing it in bed, while gardening, in the gym or anywhere it could get damaged easily.
Popular Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring Styles
From Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly to Amal Clooney and Paris Hilton, it’s no secret that celebrities love to flaunt their stunning emerald-cut engagement rings, so you’ll be in good company! While some of these celebrity emerald cut engagement rings are flashier than others, they all have their own distinct styles that suit their personality. Here are some of the most popular emerald-cut engagement ring styles to consider:
1. Solitaire Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring
A solitaire is a classic style of engagement ring that will showcase the unique character of an emerald-cut diamond perfectly as it puts all the emphasis on the stone. This type of style will never go out of style and is ideal for those who like a minimalistic style.
2. Three Stone Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring
Three stone emerald-cut engagement ring styles are a very popular choice - especially in America. With two smaller stones flanking the main stone in the middle, it helps to draw attention to the centre stone and makes it shine even brighter. When it comes to marriage, three-stone engagement rings also represent the past, present and future of a relationship, making it an ultra-romantic style.
3. Halo Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring
As emerald-cut engagement rings don’t sparkle as much as other shapes, if your partner wants the best of both worlds, then a halo-style emerald-cut ring is the solution. A halo ring will feature the emerald cut stone in the centre surrounded by smaller stones to provide a dazzling sparkle. This type of ring will certainly be eye-catching and can help make the centre stone really pop.
4. Pave Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring
If you’re worried about a halo setting taking away from the beauty of the emerald-cut stone, then a pave-style ring may be better suited. A pave-style ring features small accent diamonds along the band of the ring, with tiny beads setting the stones securely in place and making it seem as though there even are more diamonds. This style helps to add sparkle without taking the attention away from the main stone, which is elevated above the dazzling band.
If you’re thinking of proposing to your partner in the near future, take a look at our complete guide on getting engaged for all the tips and tricks you need to ensure it goes smoothly.