The confusion between "Emerald" gemstones and "Emerald-Cut" Gemstones is natural considering the cut was originally devised for Emeralds. A long-time popular style, the cut originated in the 1500's when lapidaries (stone cutters) favoured it because the reduced pressure during the cutting process prevents chipping in the gemstone. Since Emerald gemstones are particularly soft, this was a huge benefit for cutters. Though it was developed for Emeralds, the shape quickly caught on with Diamonds and other coloured Gemstones and has been a beloved cut for all gems ever since. The Emerald Cut has actually been a popular cut since the 1920's. It is one of the most popular cuts for celebrity engagement rings, with Amal Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Beyonce all toting hefty Emerald Cut Diamonds on their left hands.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING AN EMERALD CUT DIAMOND:
(a) When choosing a Diamond with an Emerald Cut shape, remember that quality is an important factor, so choose a stone with a high clarity rating and no visible imperfections. Because of the long step-cut facets, the Emerald Cut does not obscure imperfections in a stone very well.
(b) The Emerald Cut works well with a variety of settings. One popular, more contemporary twist on Emerald Cut stones is to add a halo around the centre stone. This helps set off the center stone and adds some extra sparkle.
(c) Emerald Cut Diamonds also make excellent side gemstones themselves, flanking a centre stone of your choosing. Their flat edges make them the perfect cut for pairing, whether they be a side dish or the entrée.
Whether you're choosing an Emerald or a Diamond, the Emerald Cut is a sure way to add elegance and extra sparkle to your life.
For more information, contact your Professional Jeweller.