As we move into May, we like to showcase birthstone jewelry and gemstones. For lucky May babies, their birthstone is the gemstone emerald with its rich green color. Emeralds are often considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love, which makes them an exceptional choice for engagement rings.
Emeralds are also one of nature’s most rare gemstones, and highly prized.
This month, rather than focus on an Emerald itself, which very few people will be able to wear — this month we’re putting the spotlight on a close cousin of the emerald. Using the shape and cut of traditional emeralds, we’re shining a light on the this Emerald cut shape on a diamond.
An emerald cut diamond is also also rare and prized, but quite a bit more attainable!
In fact, emerald cut diamonds are less expensive than many other shapes! It’s true that they are rarer than round or princess-cut diamonds. But they’re also in less demand. You can expect to spend 15-25% less on an emerald diamond cut engagement ring than you would on a round diamond cut engagement ring. (So there’s that!)
Birthed in the golden age of glamour – the roaring 20s – the emerald cut rose in popularity with the rise of art deco. The emerald cut diamond boasts a rectangular shape with cut corners and glamorous symmetry.
Emerald cut diamonds are also renowned for their clarity and quality. They have the same 58 facets of a traditional round brilliant diamond, but the step-cut faceting style is elongated and lends a dramatically different scintillation effect that is, while less sparkly, a sophisticated and elegant way to showcase top quality in a gemstone.
It’s a modern classic, with its illuminating shape and symmetry taking you back to the golden age of glamour. Jackie Kennedy famously wore an engagement ring featuring one 2.8-carat emerald cut diamond mounted next to a 2.8-carat emerald gemstone. What a powerful combination!
Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and Amal Alamuddin are other notable women have chosen this cut of glamour – the emerald cut engagement ring – as their diamond cut of choice.
Is an emerald cut diamond right for you?
Here’s our style profile on the Tacori Girl who would choose an emerald diamond, and why:
The woman who wears an emerald-cut diamond is elegant and tasteful. An emerald-cut stone does not deliver the most sparkle due to the step cut faceting. However, to have an emerald-cut diamond, the stone must be virtually flawless, which makes a beautiful emerald-cut diamond incredibly rare. Like Jackie O, this is sophisticated glamour.
Your average 1 carat emerald cut diamond has 5% greater surface area than a 1 carat round cut diamond. All else the same, the top surface of an emerald cut diamond will make the stone look larger.
Emerald cut diamonds are elongated. This means emerald cut engagement rings give the illusion of longer and more slender fingers.
Check out some of the Emerald cuts that we love:
Also, Here are some fun