Emerald Cut Diamond: Shape, Quality, Color, And Clarity

EMERALD CUT DIAMOND – LENGTH TO WIDTH RATIO

A diamond’s length to width ratio tells how squared or elongated its shape is. The ratio is calculated by dividing the length of the diamond by the width. For example, if a diamond’s length is 6mm and its width is 4mm, the length to width ratio is 1.50 – rectangular shape. On the opposite side, a length to width ratio close to 1 looks like a square, because the length and width of the diamond are similar.

The ideal shape for an Emerald Cut Diamond is rectangular, with the ratio classically ranging from 1.30 to 1.60. Most people choose a ration close to 1.50, however you may have your own preference for a slightly wider or longer shaped diamond.

EMERALD CUT DIAMOND – CLARITY

  • IF – Internally Flawless
  • VVS1 – Very Very Small Inclusions 1
  • VVS2 – Very Very Small Inclusions 2
  • VS1 – Very Small Inclusions 1
  • VS2 – Very Small Inclusions 2
  • SI1 – Small Inclusions 1
  • SI2 – Small Inclusions 2
  • I1 – Inclusions 1
  • I2 – Inclusions 2

COMPARING SIZE AND CARAT WEIGHT

Take a look at the size differences between different carat weigh of an emerald cut. Keep in mind that those are average  measurements as every emerald cut diamond is slightly different (in measurements and L:W ratio).

BEST SETTING FOR EMERALD CUT DIAMOND

Emerald cuts fit well in many different styles, but they really fit perfectly with more understated settings. Emerald cuts go well with solitaire and simple pave settings, and are perfect for three stone settings.

SOLITAIRE

A sparkling halo of small diamonds makes an oval cut radiate even more. Oval engagement rings with a halo setting boast plenty of character—no matter the carat weight.

PAVÉ

A pavé setting will make your ring stand out more, without taking away from the Emerald Diamond as a centerpiece. The accent diamonds add some flair to the ring, at the same time amplifying the fire of the center stone.

THREE STONE

Emerald Diamonds also work beautifully in a three stone setting. Two smaller stones flanking the Emerald in the middle helps draw attention to the center stone and amplify its beauty.

EMERALD CUTS PROS & CONS

Pros

  • Lower price per carat than most shapes
  • Understated, elegant appearance
  • Relatively easy to find

Cons

  • Glassy nature makes inclusions more noticeable (so you need a higher clarity grade)
  • Not as brilliant as other diamond shapes
  • Emerald Cuts Pros & Cons