Are you considering buying an emerald cut wedding or engagement stone? We think that’s a wonderful choice! The Emerald cut has a lot to offer its owner in terms of affordability and durability – as such, we are not surprised that this beauty of a cut has earned its place as number 3 in the top three most popular cuts.
What Is An Emerald Cut Diamond Or Stone?
If you are considering an Emerald cut stone, it is essential to be well informed of the pros and cons that come with the cut, the most suitable GIA grades for the cut, and the most sensical settings for the cut. This article will walk you through the in’s and outs, as well as the in between, of the Emerald cut.
The Emerald cut is deeply rooted in history – it was created over three centuries ago as the go to cut for emeralds, but quickly became the standard for other stones as well! The Emerald cut is a more shallow cut than the Brilliant Round and the Princess cut and, as such, doesn’t have the same brilliance as either of them. While the Emerald cuts 58 facets will created the brilliant flashed when the light hits them, its primary focus is to highlight the magnificence of the stone itself.
What are the Pros?
The Emerald Cut is extremely versatile. This cut was created for a gemstone and consequently is a perfect fit for gemstones of all types – the focus for this cut isn’t the sparkle, it’s the beauty of the stone!
The Emerald cut is also durable! This cut is not known as being prone to chipping or snagging – this is due to its curvier edges and shallowness.
Versatile, durable and affordable! The Emerald cut is significantly less expensive that the Brilliant Round and Princess cuts. How much more affordable? Up to half the cost of the other two! This is partially a result of the cut itself making its stone appear to be larger so a one carat stone isn’t necessarily an actual necessity if you like the look of a one carat stone.
And the Cons?
The cons associated with the Emerald cut are of little fault to the cut itself as much as they are to the color and clarity of the diamond itself. The Emerald cut has a flat and wide face which allows for clear visibility to any blemishes that the diamond may have – as a result, Emerald Cut diamonds demand better quality diamonds and gems, which can make this cut less affordable than the others even at a smaller carat size.
The Emerald Cut also has significantly less brilliance – this cut isn’t meant to shine as much as it is meant to show off the clarity and beauty of the stone. If you’re looking for brilliance, this might not be the right cut for you. If you have a diamond of which you are proud and you want to show off, then we absolutely think that the Emerald cut is the right fit for you.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has created an international diamond rating system that allows for a universal standard for determining a diamonds quality. An aspect of this quality is the diamonds clarity. A diamonds clarity is determined by its number of inclusions and/blemishes. All diamond will have some inclusions and blemishes, but a flawless diamond will be one where they can’t be seen when magnified by ten.
This list contains the clarity ratings as they determine the value of a diamond from the most expensive to the least:
Flawless (Fl) – No Inclusions.
Internally Flawless – (IF) No inclusions, only blemishes.
Very Very Slightly Included – (VVS1 and VVS2) Contains inclusions but they are very difficult to see.
Slightly included (SI1 and SI2) – Noticeably included.
Included (I1, I2, I3) – Obviously included.
An ideal diamond for an Emerald cut will be anything from VVS2 and up. Avoid brilliant round cuts that fall into the categories of S1, S2, I1, I2 and I3.
The GIA also grades diamonds on their color – or rather, lack of. This rating system does not include colored diamonds. Essentially, the ideal diamond is colorless while the least desirable is light yellow or brown.
These changes in color are extremely subtle, and may not even be noticeable to the naked eye, but they make a colossal impact on the price of a diamond so they are important.
This list contains a list of the color ratings, D being completely colorless and most valuable and Z being of color and the least valuable.
D, E, F – colorless
G, H, I, J – near colorless
K, L, M – faint color
N, O, P, Q, R – very light color
S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z – light color
The ideal Emerald cut is colorless, so grades D, E, or F – however a nearly colorless grading that’s closer to the completely colorless spectrum, such as G, will also produce desirable results.
Due to its characteristic lack of brilliance – an Emerald cut stone is best compatible with a 4 prong setting. A 4 prong setting allows the light to penetrate the shallowly cut stone and create natural brilliance while still maintaining the valor of the cut.
The Emerald cut is a very flat cut – as a result, a diamond or stone that peaks over 2 carats big should be set on 6 prongs to secure the stone and avoid damage to it.
Recap Plus Some
Ok, so, what did we learn?
The Emerald cut is meant to emphasize the quality of the ring – as a result, a high quality stone is ideal and a prong setting will create brilliance that the cut lacks, the best diamond for an Emerald cut will have an IGA clarity grade of VVS-Fl and an IGA color rating of D-G, Emerald cuts range in price and this price is dependent on the clarity, color and carat size of your stone and the best setting for an Emerald cut is a 4 prong – 6 prong if you have a diamond over 2 carats.
But wait – don’t run to your nearest jeweler quite yet. Before you run out your door, here are a few additional tid bits to keep in mind:
1. If your Emerald stone is a diamond, deal only with reputable jewelers that will provide IGA certification.
2. If you’re buying a used or antique diamond studded ring, don’t listen to number one. The IGA hasn’t been around forever and diamonds have. Instead, in the instances of antique or used diamonds, ask for a certificate of authenticity or professional appraisal of the diamond you’re buying.
3. If a colored, or colorless, gemstone is you’re thing, we’re into it. Check out our extensive gemstone directory for ways to ensure your are purchasing the best quality authentic gemstone for your ring.
4. It never hurts to get a second opinion – if you’re confident in your purchase, this isn’t necessary, but if you’re like us and like play it safe, take your purchase to a professional jeweler or gemologist for a second opinion as to the quality of your stone.
5. You’re getting married! This should be the most rewarding and enjoyable experience in your life to date – while we absolutely promote the idea that knowledge is important, and that you should be well informed, we also want you to remember not to lose sight of your excitement and joy, so go on, go shopping for your engagement or wedding ring and don’t forget to have fun with it!