Emerald Cut Engagement Rings | A Must Read Before Buying

Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

Emerald Cut Engagement Rings – Read Before Buying

Okay, get this:

Only 3% of the diamonds in the world are emerald cut. They’re among the most unique available. Yet 15% of our sales come from them. Why? We have a special knowledge of emerald cut engagement rings.

They are gorgeous. Distinct. They have an unmatched vintage look. We love matching people with the perfect emerald cut ring. If you are looking for emerald cut engagement rings, make sure to read through this first.

Here are some tips:

1. Emerald Cut Engagement Rings Look Larger

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 look larger.

So, what does this mean?

This means that you can get a diamond that looks a little larger for a lower price (to see what I mean by lower price, keep reading).

2. They Make Fingers Look More Slender

Emerald cut diamonds are elongated. This means emerald cut engagement rings give the illusion of longer and more slender fingers.

Maybe this is a good thing for you. Maybe it’s not. But slender fingers do give the illusion of making you a better piano player. So there’s that.

3. The Length to Width Ratio is Very Important

All emerald diamonds in our conflict free diamond search engine have the length and width listed.  The ratio is simply the length divided by the width. This number will help you see how narrow or wide the diamond is.

See, the larger the length to width ration is, the longer and skinnier the diamond will be. Though people usually prefer a diamond between 1.2 to 1.8, I think an emerald diamond should have a minimum ratio of 1.3 and a maximum of 1.6.

Emerald diamond length to width ratio

If I was buying an emerald cut engagement ring, I would choose an emerald diamond with a length to width ratio of 1.33-1.50.

4. Emerald Diamonds are Less Expensive!

Well, here’s a popular benefit:

Emerald cut engagement rings are less expensive. 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 cut engagement ring than you would on a round engagement ring.

5. Warning: Emerald Diamonds Reveal Clarity

Something you might want to thing about:

You can see inclusions in an emerald cut engagement ring more clearly than you would in a round diamond. Make sure your jeweler will do a thorough visual inspection of the stone before you purchase it. Since you’ll save about 15-25% on your emerald cut engagement ring, consider putting that money towards upgrading your clarity level. I strongly encourage you to stay away from SI2 emerald diamonds. The inclusions will be seen with the naked eye.

Comparing clarity ratings for emerald diamonds

Comparing the Clarity of 4 GIA Certified Emerald Cut Diamonds

6. Warning: Emerald Diamonds Reveal Color

It’s easier to tell the color of emerald cut diamonds than other cuts.

Let’s talk color grades:

All colorless diamonds in the D-F range would be the same color – regardless of cut. However, a slightly warmer diamond would reveal color more easily on an emerald cut diamond. (These would be low-color diamonds in the H-K range)

If you don’t want your emerald cut engagement ring to show any warmth (yellowness), upgrade a color grade above what you would have purchased with a round diamond.

Comparison of emerald cut diamonds color

Comparing the Color of 6 GIA Certified Emerald Cut Diamonds

7. Emerald Cut Engagement Rings are not Very Sparkly

Let me rephrase that:

Emerald cut engagement rings just have a different sparkle to them. It’s more subtle.

An emerald diamond is cut differently than other diamonds. Most diamonds are brilliant cut, which creates sparkle and brilliance. Emerald diamonds are step cut. This creates flashes of light known as the hall of mirrors effect. It’s a beautiful illusion that creates broad flashes of white light to contrast the dark planes within each step. Despite being a step cut diamond, the corner edges of a well cut emerald diamond should still have sparkle.

Emerald cut engagement rings will have broad flashes of light instead of sparkle

Well cut emerald diamonds have broad flashes of light in the middle and sparkle on the edges.

8. Warning: Emerald diamonds are not graded by the GIA for cut.

It’s important that your jeweler understands the optimum emerald diamond specs. The below table should help you narrow down your choices. But, never buy an emerald diamond based on the certificate only.

Find someone that can perform a visual inspection before you purchase the stone. Make sure their understanding goes beyond just numbers on a certificate.

The Optimum Table & Depth for Emerald Diamonds

Ideal/Excellent Cut Very Good Cut
Table (%) 61 – 69 57.5 – 60.9  or  69.1 – 72
Depth (%) 60 – 67.0 58.5 – 59.9 or 67.1-69.5

9. You Can Get an Emerald Cut Moissanite or Emerald Cut Sapphire Engagement Rings

The term emerald cut is used actually used to describe the unique shape, which was developed for emerald gemstones (the green stone). Emerald cut moissanite and emerald cut sapphire are much more affordable than emerald cut diamonds.

My post on affordable engagement rings covers these options in more detail. Contact us if you want to discuss these options.

Closing Words Regarding Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

Buying online is, of course, totally fine. But pay extra attention when you’re shopping for emerald cut diamonds. Make sure your online jeweler truly understands the specifications that make a beautiful emerald cut engagement ring.

Also, always ask for a detailed picture like below.

This will allow you to get a true understanding of the stone quality. If you’re considering Do Amore for your emerald cut engagement ring, shoot us a message. We can assist you in finding a beautiful emerald diamond that’s within your budget! Since I know a lot about emerald cut engagement rings, feel free to ask for me personally (my name is Krish).


An emerald diamond close up

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