by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
THE BASICS --
Emerald cut engagement rings are stunning pieces of jewelry that can be a bold statement on any bride- to-be’s finger. But just what makes the emerald cut so alluring and popular, and how do you know if it is the best choice for your engagement ring?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
What Is the Emerald Cut?
First developed by lapidaries in the 1500s to minimize the risk of damage to emeralds, the emerald cut is a rectangular shape with slightly cropped corners. This shape takes advantage of the long lines of emeralds’ natural crystalline structure, maximizing the carat weight of a cut stone and minimizing the risk of chips or fractures. While the cut was originally developed for emeralds, it has become popular with many different gemstones, including diamonds.
The emerald cut has straight geometric lines that create parallel facets. This is also known as a chiseled step cut and adds depth to the stone, drawing the eye inside the gem. Emerald cuts provide a “hall of mirrors” or terrace-like dimension to the stone, emphasizing its clarity through the large, flat table facet on top. Ideally, emerald cut stones will have a 1.50 ratio with the stone twice as long as it is wide, but dimensions can be varied according to personal preference and how the cut will benefit each particular stone.
Why We Love Emerald Cut Engagement Rings
There are many reasons to love emerald cut engagement rings, and many reasons why they are so alluring and desirable for couples who want a distinctive yet elegant ring to symbolize their commitment to one another.
• Great for a Budget
Emerald cut gems can be a budget-friendly choice for a cost-conscious couple. Because this stone shape maximizes the visual size of a stone, choosing an emerald cut at a slightly lower carat weight, and therefore a lower price point, can still look large and impressive when compared to other diamond shapes of the same carat weight.
• Wonderful Symbolism
The rectangular shape of an emerald cut can symbolize the stability and solid foundation of a relationship, as well as traits such as honesty, faithfulness, and peace that are so important in a marriage. The four sides of an emerald cut can also symbolize the four seasons, the four cardinal compass directions, or other significant symbols.
• Celebrity Appeal
Couples with an eye for glamour will love sharing a gemstone shape with trend-setting celebrities. Jennifer Lopez, Amal Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Paris Hilton, and Elizabeth Taylor have all sported emerald-cut engagement rings, and choosing one of these beautiful cuts for your own ring adds Hollywood style to your fashionable flair.
• Ideal for Large Fingers
Because emerald cut diamonds and gemstones can look larger, they are ideal for larger fingers that might look unbalanced with a smaller stone. This shape is also great for very long fingers, as the rectangle can be oriented along the length of the finger to create pleasing proportions and elegance on a finger that might otherwise struggle to find a suitable engagement ring.
The emerald cut shape is suitable in a wide variety of engagement ring designs, including solitaires, bezel settings, three-stone rings, mid-century styles, Art deco engagement rings, and with a variety of accent stones and side baguettes. This gives couples a great deal of flexibility when choosing the perfect engagement ring with this stone shape.
• Ethical and Eco-Friendly
Vintage emerald cut engagement rings do not harbor conflict free gemstones and are more environmentally friendly choices for conscientious couples. Vintage rings do not help to finance civil wars, are sustainable and do not require additional mining and are already long-since designed and only need to be enjoyed for more years to come.
Emerald cut engagement rings are beautiful and showcase a stunning style with many options for couples looking for their very best and loveliest engagement ring. By understanding the allure of these engagement rings, couples can be better informed about different styles and which engagement ring will be the best to symbolize their relationship and commitment.
Emerald Cut Engagement Rings For Everyone:
No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.
Find The Perfect Emerald Cut Ring:
Antique diamond cuts are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and faceting. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of emerald cut engagement rings today!