Shape Series: Emerald Cut Diamonds

For an alternative to traditional brilliant cut diamonds, head straight for the linear luster of emerald cut diamonds.

Channel set princess cut diamond engagement ring
Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Emerald cut, not to be confused with the vivid green gemstone of the same name, is a diamond cut known for its beauty and precision. An increasingly popular shape for engagement rings, emerald cut has charmed its way onto our fingers and into our hearts.

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Emerald Cut Diamonds: Why the Long Facet?

It’s not hard to see the appeal of emerald cut diamonds. Elegant long lines give them a look of subtle sophistication, while beveled corners add a touch of timeless glamour.

18K White Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
Pavé Set Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Elongated facets intersect the lower portion, or pavilion, of the diamond, creating a mirrored effect that results in dramatic flashes of light.

18K Yellow Gold Floral Halo Engagement Ring
Floral Halo Engagement Ring

Step Up Your Game

The emerald cut diamond is so named because this style of cut was originally reserved for — you guessed it — emeralds. It’s created using a step cut, which is most commonly associated with square or rectangular diamonds. Unlike brilliant cut diamonds, which are distinguished by triangular and kite-shaped facets, step-cut diamonds have rows of long, narrow facets that resemble a staircase.

14K Rose Gold Emerald Shape Split Shank Engagement Ring
Pavé Set Split Shank Engagement Ring

Thanks to their unique formation, emerald cut diamonds possess a glacier-like clarity, the likes of which you wouldn’t find in a brilliant cut stone.

Platinum Emerald Three Stone Engagement Ring
Three Stone Pavé Split Shank Engagement Ring

Who Rocks Emerald Cut Diamonds?

Celebrity engagement ring trends show that emerald cut has overtaken oval as the fashionable go-to among celebs. Those flashing the cut include Liv Tyler, Kristen Bell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway, Hayden Panettiere, and Amal Clooney.

14K White Gold Three Stone Trellis Diamond Engagement Ring (Trapezoid)
Three Stone Trellis Diamond Engagement Ring

But perhaps the most eminent emerald cut belongs to Beyoncé. Hubby Jay Z lavished the pop diva with an eye-watering 18-carat flawless diamond. Nothing but the best for Queen Bey!

14K White Gold Twisted Pavé Shank Contemporary Diamond Engagement Ring
Twisted Pavé Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

What to Know About Emerald Cut Diamonds

If you’re in the market for an emerald cut diamond, you should take the following points into consideration:

  • Flaws, or inclusions, are more noticeable in step-cut diamonds, so it’s well worth investing in a high clarity grade.
  • Pay attention to diamond color, which tends to be more prominent in less sparkly stones.
  • Emerald cut diamonds can be set vertically or, for a more original look, turned ninety degrees on their side (this is known as the “east-west” setting).
  • Step-cut diamonds will usually cost less than their brilliant-cut cousins.

A Step in the Right Direction

Don’t forget — you can view all of the emerald cut engagement rings on JamesAllen.com in 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom.

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Jonny is passionate about puns, adores alliteration, and finds diamonds positively facet-nating! Since joining James Allen, he has written the word 'sparkle’ 9,732 times and counting.