Emerald Diamonds


What is an Emerald Diamond?

As the name suggests, this elegant cut was originally created for emeralds. But in the 14th century it was adopted as a diamond cut, and has been beloved of fine jewellery aficionados ever since. The emerald cut is rectangular with cut corners, creating an elongated octagonal shape both elegant and striking.

How Many Facets does an Emerald Diamond have?

What Makes an Emerald Diamond Special?

Immediately recognisable, the emerald cut is distinctive and timeless. The step cut facets have a captivating allure, drawing the eye in towards the centre of the diamond and showcasing the clarity and colour of the stone. Depending on the ring in which it is set, the emerald cut can exude either a modern or classical air.

How do you Know if an Emerald Diamond is Well Cut?

Length to Width Ratio

First we consider the visual impact of the stone - how does the fire, brightness, and scintillation appear? Second, the design - how well proportioned is the diamond? Finally, we look at the craftsmanship - how skillfully has the diamond been cut and polished? While emerald stones are not given a formal cut grading, there are some suggested parameters to consider for a well-cut stone, including;

Length to width ratio: the length to width ratio of a diamond measures how proportional it is. Diamonds which fall within these parameters will be most pleasing to the eye, with a more distinct and even shape. Look for an emerald diamond with a length to width ratio of 1.40 to 1.50. The ideal ratio is 1.40 to 1.45, but personal preference can dictate whether you choose a narrower or wider stone.

Table: the table is the largest, central facet of a stone. The table needs to be large enough to let lots of light into the diamond, but not so large that the upper facets don’t have room to sparkle. Look for an emerald diamond with a table ratio between 58 - 73%

Depth: a diamond’s depth is the top-to-bottom measurement of a diamond, from its table to culet. The depth ratio compares this measurement with the overall width of the stone. The depth affects the visual balance of a diamond and its brilliance. If a stone is too shallow or deep the light will not refract properly, escaping through the base of the diamond instead of the top. Look for an emerald diamond with a depth ratio between 65 - 74%.

Choosing a Diamond Cut Grade

Diamond cut guide

Choosing an Emerald Diamond Colour

diamond colour guide

Choosing the Clarity of an Emerald Diamond

diamond clarity guide

Is an Emerald Cut the Diamond for You?

Classic glamour makes you swoon, and you dream of a diamond with sophisticated polish.  You love diamonds for their stunning clarity more than their brilliance, so embrace a cut that shows off a beautiful quality stone. Whether in a simple solitaire or a glittering diamond halo, you’ll adore the timeless luxury an emerald diamond imparts.