The Elegance of Emerald Cut Engagement Rings (2023)

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read



An emerald cut engagement ring can be a stunning, elegant choice for any bride-to-be. But what about the meaning and symbolism of this gemstone shape? Understanding an emerald cut diamonds rich history and symbolic associations can make it even more meaningful for any couple.


In this guide, we will explain the following:

  • What is an emerald cut diamond?
  • Emerald cut diamond and meaning symbolism
  • Emerald cut shape
  • Numeric
  • Building symbolism
  • Religious
  • Historical
  • Celebrity
  • Choosing an emerald cut diamond ring?

What is an Emerald Cut Diamond?

The emerald cut diamond is a simple rectangle with slightly cropped corners, but there’s nothing simple about its beauty. This is a chiseled step cut with straight, parallel, linear facets that add depth and dimension to the stone, drawing the eye into its heart. This gives the stone exceptional clarity, and the large table emphasizes the carat weight and can make the stone seem larger than it really is.

The length-to-width ratio of the ideal emerald cut is largely a matter of preference, though a 1.50 ratio (with the stone twice as long as it is wide) is often considered optimal. Both wider and narrower proportions can be found, however, and choosing an emerald cut with more unique dimensions can be even more eye-catching.


Emerald Cut Meaning and Symbolism

Despite the simplicity of the emerald cut, there is a great deal of symbolism behind this popular shape. Couples can consider different aspects of the shape’s symbolism when designing or choosing an engagement ring, including…


The rectangle is traditionally a symbol of stability and solidity, ideal for a couple proving how strong their relationship is. Rectangles also represent honesty, formality, peacefulness, and dependability, and they are often associated with an ordered mind and perfectionist personality, making them a wonderful choice for a meticulous bride-to-be.


•  Numeric

The four sides of a rectangle bring to mind symbolism of the number four, including the four seasons, the four cardinal directions of the compass, and the four phases of the moon. Any of these connections can be lovely symbolism for a couple to share.


•  Building

The stability of the rectangle is reminiscent of bricks and other building materials, symbolizing how a couple is beginning to build their life together. An emerald cut engagement ring, then, can be a stunning symbol of the foundation of a couple’s marriage.


•  Religious

The number four has symbolic significance in all major religions, and the rectangle of an emerald cut can connect to them all, from the four Gospels of Christianity and the four Holy Books of Islam to the four Noble Truths of Buddhism and the four Stages of Life in Hinduism.


•  Historical

The emerald diamond and gemstone shape has been popular in different jewelry fashion eras. The stark geometry was a bold statement in Art Deco pieces, and the clean lines added futuristic elements to mid-century modern engagement rings and other jewelry. Couples who are fans of these eras can even better appreciate the historical significance of the emerald cut.


•  Celebrity Symbolism

With so much appeal in its clean lines and brilliant beauty, it is no surprise that the emerald cut has been a favorite with many celebrities. Couples who enjoy Hollywood glamour can add that symbolism to their engagement ring when they share a stone shape with Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Kate Beckinsale, Anne Hathaway, and Elizabeth Taylor.


Choosing an Emerald Cut Diamond Ring?

An emerald cut diamond or other gemstone can be a stunning solitaire engagement ring, and this shape is also popular in many other styles and designs. Many vintage engagement rings feature emerald cuts, and the shape is also ideal in three-stone rings or when paired with other side stones and accents for added brilliance. Because the emerald cut has clean, symmetrical lines, a series of these stones can also make a stunning wedding band or eternity band to pair with an emerald cut engagement ring for a glorious matching set. Whatever emerald cut diamond ring you choose, take care to select a stone with better clarity and fewer inclusions so its depth and perfection can be highlighted as the perfect symbol for the beginning of a happily ever after.


Vintage Rings For Everyone:

No matter which shape 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 Engagement Ring:

Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. 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!


Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.


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