The emerald cut is a beautiful way to enhance the richness of colored gemstones. It is characterized by a large table (the flat surface on top when you lay the diamond on a flat surface) and deep pavilion (the way it steps into the center) draws the light inward helping the color give off a mesmerizing effect. The emerald cut actually came into fashion around 1940 and was realized as the perfect cut for large colored gemstones and high-quality diamonds. If you’re looking for an emerald-cut diamond, keep these tips in mind:


The Higher, the Better

When choosing an emerald cut diamond, consider investing in a higher color grade to emphasize the inherent color in the stone—after all, the dynamics of the cut will practically make the color of your diamond pop off your hand. Along with color, cut is also an important factor to consider because the better the cut, the more of the color you will see, which means you would expect it to be fairly clear (and not cloudy).

The design of the emerald cut yields a large table facet. This large table facet emphasizes any visible inclusions in the heart of the stone (which the pavilion draws your eyes to), which is why you should opt for an emerald cut diamond that has a higher clarity.


TIP: Although you may prefer longer, thinner cuts or shorter and fatter cuts, the traditional accepted ratio of an emerald cut diamond is 1.5:1 to 1.75:1. Be sure to ask your diamond expert about these proportions.


Settings for Emerald Cut Diamonds

Because emerald cuts are shaped like rectangles, the best setting is a four-prong or even six-prong setting. Although three-stone emerald cut engagement rings are popular by design, a solitaire setting will be more secure and resistant, as well as easier to keep clean. A solitaire setting, or a micropavé band, will showcase the diamond’s clarity and length best.


Your beau will probably like an emerald cut diamond if she likes vintage jewelry and designs that will make her fingers look especially elegant. Because emerald cut diamonds are elongated, they give the illusion of longer and more slender fingers.

As the spender, if you have less wiggle room in your budget but are hoping to buy a larger stone, the emerald cut diamond might be just right. The average one carat emerald cut diamond has 5% greater surface area than a one carat round cut diamond; also the top surface or table of the emerald cut diamond will look larger. Surround it in a halo design and it’ll look even larger!

When it comes to buying emerald cut diamonds, one thing is key: pay attention! Be sure to ask about the ratios of the diamond and take a good look at the cut, color and clarity grades. These numbers and the expert advice of our engagement ring advisors will give you a true understanding of a stone’s quality. Our associates at the Diamond Broker can assist you in finding a beautiful emerald cut or three-stone engagement ring that’s perfect for your style and budget. Contact us or come in to our Dallas store today!