There are many trends in the fashion world that beguile us—for example, pooka shells are trending for 2019. WHY? We can not answer that, but one trend that does not make us scratch our head are emerald cut diamond engagement rings. As the popularity of this sophisticated cut increases, knowing what you are buying becomes more critical. You should understand the basics of the emerald cut and what to look for when purchasing an emerald cut diamond. We’ve got you covered!
Emerald Versus Other Cuts
The shape of the stone in your engagement ring is a personal preference. However, if you are looking for something unique, you should pay attention to the emerald cut. Generally, the emerald cut diamond is not seen as often as other types of diamonds. Many people go a safer route and choose a simple solitaire or round brilliant diamond. Since an emerald cut diamond is likened to a “hall of mirrors” there isn’t anywhere for the natural inclusions of the diamond to hide so it is very important to get a emerald cut diamond with nice clarity. You will want to stay in the VVS1 to the VS2 range.
In many cases, people focus on how large the diamond is, or how many carats it is. First of all, you should know that carat gauges how much the stone weighs and it does not guarantee a larger size. Secondly, you should know that you can be fooled by the shape and cut of the diamond. A one-carat round cut diamond ring is going to look smaller than a one-carat emerald cut diamond ring. Why would the same size stone look different in size? The emerald cut diamond ring will look much more prominent because of the way that the stone is shaped.
An emerald cut diamond has more of a flat surface and fewer cuts and angles. The flat surface (known as a tabletop) looks bigger. A round or solitaire cut diamond will have several edges and cuts to give it the circular shape. As you make angular cuts, you take away from the surface or tabletop area, which makes the diamond look smaller.
Color Can Make a Difference
The way that emerald cut diamonds are cut and configured allow them to hide color better than other diamonds. Therefore, you have a wider range of color to choose from. We recommend that you stay within the D-J range. Keep in mind, you do not have to get a diamond that is D color, but we don’t recommend going past a J.
At Mark’s Diamonds, we specialize in creating not only our own unique designs and styles, but we also specialize in making your design come to fruition. Check out all of our landmark collections or the “create your own” ring feature on our website! For those of you who want the full experience, schedule an appointment with us today!