Today we want to dive in deep and explore this vibrant option and whether it’s right for you (or your fiancée). While a diamond is always an elegant choice no matter what, the right cut can elevate the gem to even greater heights.
What is an Emerald Cut?
The shape and design of this diamond are unique because it offers a broader appearance. Emerald cut diamonds are rectangular, with either a long, thin shape or something a bit wider in the middle. Although the emerald cut is not as brilliant or flashy as other options, the reason why it’s been catching on recently is that it offers a stunning, yet muted display. Not only that, but the size of an emerald cut diamond is impressive. Since you need more material to make the necessary cuts, these gems are much larger than more popular offerings like the princess cut or brilliant round cut. The standard shape of this cut is with 58 facets. These are steps along the sides and edges of the diamond, giving it a unique tiered appearance that adds a timeless quality to the gemstone.
Variations of the emerald cut have always existed, with one of the more recent being the Prince Cut, which has more elongated sides, curved corners, and several more facets. No matter which type of emerald-cut you may decide on, this diamond shape is both stunning and modest. These qualities are part of what makes it such a desirable cut for both royalty and celebrities alike.
The History of the Emerald Cut
As you can imagine, the origin of this shape was not based on diamonds at all. Emeralds are a relatively soft gemstone, which means that they are much more susceptible to fracturing and breaking, especially when cut in smaller pieces. The emerald cut was created back in the early 1500s as a way of adding strength and durability to the gem so that it would stay in place longer without breaking. For hundreds of years, this cut was almost exclusive to the emerald. It wasn’t until the early 20th century when jewelers decided that the emerald cut would be excellent for diamonds.
Why Emerald Cut Diamonds are So Appealing
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