Round and princess-cut diamonds have long been the heralding champions of the engagement ring world, with round-cut diamond taking up a staggering 75% of diamonds sold today. However, 2012 has turned out to be the year of the emerald-cut engagement ring with an abrupt rise in popularity due being the diamond cut of choice for many high-profile celebrities as the recent engagements of Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, and Emily Maynard show.
The emerald-cut diamond is a beautiful look for all of its simplicity. It is readily identifiable by its rectangular shape, long step-like facets, and open table. With this open design, it is also important to chose a diamond with very good clarity as inclusions will be easier to see. Emerald-cut diamonds are an excellent choice for vintage or antique engagement rings because of their highly geometric look.
The emerald-cut is so named because the cut was developed for emeralds in the 1920s. Since emerald have a high number of inclusions, they are prone to breaking and so the fewer cuts involved for the gemstone, the less likely the chance of breaking. Since the emerald-cut has one of the fewest numbers of cuts, this also makes it a very budget friendly choice. The classic emerald-cut ratio from length to width is usually 1.50, although personal tastes may range from shorter or longer cuts.
Emerald-cut diamonds also require a four-prong engagement mounting, so keep that in mind when you go shopping for an engagement ring. Whether your taste range from a striking solitaire, to a show-stopping vintage design, the emerald-cut diamond is a beautiful look that’s sure to stand out in any crowd.
Famous Emerald-Cut Engagement Rings
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