A Complete Guide to Emerald Diamonds (2023)

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As the saying goes, "variety is the spice of life". This is certainly true in the world of diamonds. Although the round brilliant is the shape most associated with diamonds, these amazing raw crystals of pure carbon are cut into a wide variety of shapes and facet arrangements. This creates many "flavors" of diamonds, some as different from each other as chocolate and strawberry. The emerald diamond is one of the most distinctive of these flavors, both in shape and appearance. In this article, we'll explore the unique beauty of the venerable emerald-cut diamond.

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  • What is an emerald cut diamond?
  • Length to Width Ratios Diamonds Cut to Emerald
  • Reading ASET signatures of emerald-cut diamonds
  • Pros and cons of emerald cut diamonds
  • emerald diamond ring settings

What is an emerald cut diamond?

Emerald diamonds have long been considered the most elegant diamond shape. They are very subtle in their overall appearance and the type of look they produce. The stepped-cut face design creates a completely different visual sensation from the ubiquitous round glitter and the many variations of glitter shapes available. The emerald cut features a series of horizontal, step-like facets, as opposed to the vertical facets of the brilliant styles. Its four longest sides have chamfered corners with two, three or four concentric rows of faces, parallel to the sash, on the crown and on the pavilion. In this article, you'll see how this single-facet style affects light performance and what to look for in this venerable diamond cut that's considered a classic for its old-world opulence.

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The emerald cut – faceted diagrams and real photo

What to Look for When Buying an Emerald Diamond

If you are looking for a loose emerald diamond, the information below will help you choose an excellent stone for your taste and budget. We will discuss aspects of the 4 C's such as clarity, color and especially the quality of the cut that will be fundamental for choosing a great diamond. We'll also discuss taste factors such as length-to-width ratio, as well as style considerations for emerald diamond rings. And we will discuss the prices of emerald cut diamonds.

Length/width and angle/width ratios

The overall shape of an emerald cut can vary dramatically from the square Asscher shape to the very elongated emerald cut. To a large extent, the outline of the figure is a matter of personal taste. Some prefer a long thin shape, others a wider rectangular shape. Most people prefer something in the middle – a balanced rectangle with a length-to-width ratio of around 1.4.

An emerald cut is an octagon with four sides and four corners. The overall length-to-width ratio (length in millimeters divided by width in millimeters) is very important in determining the visual appeal of the shape, but the size of the corners also has a visual impact. They can be very small, slightly cut corners, or large corners the size of the other sides.

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Samples of common length and width ratios for emerald cuts

Asscher Cut – Emerald Square Cut

A unique variation of the emerald cut is the Asscher cut. This distinctive square-sided arrangement with its wide corners was developed and patented in the early 1900s by Joseph Asscher. The patent has long since expired and the shape is now referred to in lab reports as a "square cut emerald".

The symmetry of the cut gives it a unique charm. The X-shaped facial pattern running from the corners to the hood is often referred to as a "windmill".

Asscher cut facet diagram (square emerald) and real photo

Emerald cuts and clarity

The face pattern of an emerald cut is particularly revealing of any inclusions that may be present in the diamond. Brilliant style veneer arrangements that promote rapid flashing tend to camouflage inclusions, particularly around the crown. The emerald cut with the relatively large table surface acting as a window and the slow-flickering long-pitch facets make the inclusions relatively easy to see. This is why you tend to see emerald cuts in the highest clarity grades. Diamonds of lesser clarity are usually cut into other shapes that will better hide the inclusions. This factor tends to make emerald cuts more expensive than most other high-end shapes.

While many buyers looking for the best value will focus on Si clarity when purchasing rounds, it is likely that value buyers looking for an emerald cut should focus on the VS as a base.

Emerald cuts and colors

As the emerald cut does not have as much sparkle as a well-cut round one, it tends to show the body color more strongly. A gyrus returns almost all of the light entering the corona, and in a bright environment, the gyrus body color is overwhelmed by ambient light returning to the eye. Just as it shows inclusions more easily, an emerald cut tends to show the true color of the body. This color is also sometimes trapped and concentrated at the edges of the stone, depending on its proportions. This again means that emerald cuts tend to be made of a rougher color, increasing the likelihood that a proper emerald cut will be more expensive, although the price per carat is generally lower for non-round shapes, quality for quality.

While value buyers will generally find suitable diamonds in the lower near-colorless I-J range, those looking for emerald cuts should focus on the upper near-colorless G-H range.

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Emerald-cut diamonds and lightweight performance

The staggered cut facet arrangement produces much less glare than brilliant style cuts such asdiamond hearts and arrows. The large horizontal facets of the emerald cut produce long, relatively slow flashes rather than the shorter, faster flashes of brilliant styles.

Despite not being as sparkling, a well-cut emerald cut produces intense white flashes and colorful flashes (fire) that are impressive. Overall, the slower, bolder visual effects of the emerald cut appeal to many as more sophisticated than the frenzied glow that reveals itself from a brilliant cut. The emerald cut has a very distinctive flavor and, for some people, is the ultimate in diamond beauty.

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Emerald and ASET cuts

OAngular spectrum evaluation tool(ASET) developed by the American Gem Society Laboratories (AGSL) provides a graphical view of light performance that can be used with any diamond shape. It reveals aspects of the quantity and quality of light that a diamond returns to the eye. While the types of images developed by ASET are well understood in brilliant-cut diamonds and, to a lesser extent, in other shapes with brilliant facet arrangements, the accurate interpretation of ASET signatures in emerald diamonds requires more experience.

Below are three sets of images for emerald cuts. from left to right ASET, Diamond Image and IdealScope . All three are very fine diamonds, but ASET signatures show significant differences in their light performance. One has a light leak problem, another has too much concentrated contrast, and the third has good visual balance. Learning to interpret ASET images for sophisticated shapes is an important resource for diamond buyers looking for the most beautiful diamonds.

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ASET shows some leakage in the center of the diamond as shown by the real image and IdealScope

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ASET shows a little too much contrast, it's not well distributed and results in darkness around the table.

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ASET shows excellent light output (red and green) with minimal leakage and well-distributed contrast (blue)

Ideal Emerald Cut - AGSL Light Performance Cut Rating

AGSL has developed the most sophisticated scientific method to assess cut quality. from themsystem based on luminous efficiencyinvolves computerized ray tracing of 30,000 virtual light rays on a 3D model of the diamond to measure brightness, fire, contrast and light leakage. Diamonds that have the ideal amount of each factor receive an Ideal cut score.

Although most emerald diamonds on the market have GIA lab reports, they do not include an overall grade of cut because a GIA cut grading system for fancy shapes has not yet been developed. Only GIA reports for round diamonds come with an overall cut. For more information on the differences between these two top gemstone labs, check out our article onAGS x GIA.

As making emerald cuts for optimal light output requires more skill, time and experience, most manufacturers have decided that it is uneconomical to cut to ideal parameters given the relatively small market for the shape. This could change over time as more consumers realize the importance of cut quality.

Below is an example of a rating report based on AGS Platinum light output for an Ideal Emerald Cut. As with all Platinum reports from AGS Laboratories, the document features an accurate computer-generated ASET light map of the diamond.

AGS Ideal Emerald Cut Sample Based on Lightweight Performance (Click to Enlarge)

Price of Emerald Cut Diamond

the basis fordiamond pricesis Rapaport's weekly list. Manufacturers and dealers use this guide as a starting point for commercial prices, which determine retail prices. There are two listings, one for rounds which are usually higher priced and the "pear shaped" listing that all fancy shapes are based on. List pears are smaller per carat than rounds by a significant margin. Typically, using a non-round shape is a way to get more diamonds for less money. But, as we have seen, there are characteristics inherent to emerald cuts that tend to prevent finding them for large savings. In general, you should increase color and clarity with an emerald cut than would be acceptable in the round.

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*Price sheets above are presented only as examples of how prices are presented in the trade. They are not current and have nothing to do with the current diamond market.

Emerald Cut vs Diamonds Princess Cut

The two most popular straight diamond shapes are the emerald and theprincess cut. Though they share some shape traits, the look couldn't be more different. As we have seen, the emerald cut is a step design while the princess cut is a sparkly style. The princess pavilion has main faces that are vertical along with chevron corner faces. This creates a kind of sparkle and shine similar to round glitter, only with a square outline. The emerald cut, on the other hand, has longitudinal steps on the pavilion and crown that produce long, wide sparkles. Princess glitter patterns feature quick little flashes. The emerald cut has an understated, relaxing elegance, while the princess is a high-frequency flash bomb by comparison.

Do emerald cuts appear larger than other shapes?

Buyers are often interested in getting as much of a look as possible for their budget. While emerald cuts are theoretically less expensive than round cuts, the need to maintain higher color ranges and sharpness tends to negate the savings. Meaning, you'll likely need to aim for a slightly smaller diamond for a given budget. However, they tend to look a little bigger due to the length-to-width ratio. An emerald diamond ring can give more coverage to the fingers as the diamond extends further down the finger.

The ratio of an emerald cut can also determine whether the diamond is "set" with a good surface for its weight. You can find them with relatively flat crowns and shallow settings that will maximize the outer dimensions of the diamond. However, there is an optical cost to cutting any diamond too fine. This will result in loss of light recoil and/or fire.

If you are purchasing an emerald diamond, it is highly recommended that you work with a dealer who specializes in cut quality and who can provide thorough assessments, including advanced light performance diagnostics that demonstrate the light handling properties of the diamond you are considering. .

Pros and cons of emerald cut diamond

As we have seen, the emerald cut has a very distinctive appearance. Here is a quick list of considerations to weigh in deciding if this is the regimen for you.


  • Many people describe emerald cuts as elegant, subtle and sophisticated.
  • Fancy cuts are cheaper than rounds of equivalent size and quality
  • Distinctly different and unique
  • Straight lines lend themselves to architectural designs


  • Don't Shine As Much As Glitter Face Styles
  • They tend to show inclusions more easily than rounding
  • Reveal body color more easily than round
  • Fit options are more limited than rounds

Emerald-cut diamond ring designs

One of the advantages of an emerald diamond ring is that it lends itself to architectural designs that differ from the ubiquitous round styles. For someone who wants to stand out from the crowd and create something truly unique, an emerald cut might just be the right choice. The clean straight lines in the contour and flash patterns of the emerald cut can be incorporated into geometric design ideas that truly capture a holistic beauty that is different from the mainstream.

As unique as they are, emerald diamonds are more versatile than you might think. They look elegant as solitaires, are bold centerpieces for elaborate halo and paver arrangements, and are all too familiar in vintage designs.

To begreat design Tacoriit has everything. Presented in a classic solitaire format, but decorated in an elaborate pavé style with a halo that slightly softens the angularity of the emerald cut and creates an unmistakable vintage sensibility. Exceptionally elegant and bright!

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Where to buy emerald cut loose diamonds

While it's certainly possible to walk into a jewelry store and buy an emerald diamond ring, chances are the selection is extremely limited. That's why shoppers who want to take advantage of the best available options tend to buyemerald cut loose diamondsIn connection.

In addition to looking at the diamond details in the listing and the associated lab report, discerning buyers are looking for more comprehensive diagnostics such as enlarged photography, 360° video and light rendering images including ASET and Ideal Scope. Also, you want to be sure you can get expert advice from a dealer who knows about emerald cuts.

Whiteflash is a great placebuy diamonds with complete confidencebecause we provide all the diagnostics you need to make an informed purchase, including full geological analysis and light performance imaging. We offer, among many other benefits, a refund period to have your Whiteflash purchase checked by an independent expert, if you wish. The diamond consultants you deal with at Whiteflash are all GIA certified and have years of experience helping online shoppers make great choices. Best of all, none of them are commission-based. Their sole purpose is to help you find the best diamond for your criteria and budget.

We hope this guide has been helpful. Whiteflash teams wish you good luck on your diamond journey. We hope it's brilliant!

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Length, Width & Depth

Ritani's gemologists recommend that the best ratio for emerald cut diamonds is 1.45 to 1.55, although some people prefer longer, thinner cuts (around 1.6), and some prefer the shorter, squarer cuts (around 1.3). The diamond's total depth percentage will also affect how much light it reflects.

What is the best ratio for emerald cut diamonds? ›

Most emerald cut diamonds have length to width ratios ranging from 1.30 to 1.50. A ratio of 1.40 is considered “ideal”. However, ratios are dependent on personal preference. A lower ratio should be chosen for a more square shape, while for an elongated, more rectangular shape, a higher ratio is best.

What is the best color grade for emerald cut diamond? ›

An emerald cut diamond of color grade I or lower will very clearly show a yellowish tint. The naked eye is not as likely to notice a tint at color grade G or better. For the best quality and value of a stone, it's best to stay at or above a G color for an emerald cut.

Why do emerald cut diamonds not sparkle? ›

Even though this shape usually features 58 facets, emerald cut diamonds are less sparkly due to their step cuts. The emerald cut puts more emphasis on the clarity of the diamond than its sparkle. Get a diamond with excellent polish and excellent symmetry grades to maximize its sparkle.

How can you tell if an emerald diamond is real? ›

Shine a Blacklight onto the Emerald

You can check an emerald for authenticity by checking what fluorescent colors can be seen through the gem with a blacklight. A natural emerald will show a pure green or blue-green hue. With the light, it will either not have any backlight or a weak orange-red or green color.

How can you tell if an emerald is high quality? ›

The most desirable emerald colors are bluish green to pure green, with vivid color saturation and tone that's not too dark. The most-prized emeralds are highly transparent. Their color is evenly distributed, with no eye-visible color zoning.

Does an emerald cut diamond sparkle? ›

The emerald cut stone offers a much more subdued sparkle. Due to the nature of its facets, an emerald diamond emits less fire and brilliance than some other cuts, but it still catches and reflects the light beautifully, especially if its clarity grade is high.

What is the difference between VS1 and VS2 emerald cut? ›

Quality. A VS1 diamond has no visible inclusions and under 10x magnification, the inclusions are almost unidentifiable. These diamonds make up the top 5 percent of all gem-quality stones. VS2 diamonds will only have eye-visible inclusions 5 percent or less of the time, which are more common in stones over 1 carat.

Are emerald cut diamonds cheaper than round? ›

Although they're one of the rarer diamond shapes, emerald-cut diamonds can be 12-42% cheaper than rounds of the same carat weight. Because of their elongated shape, emerald-cut diamonds have a slimming effect on the finger. They're also a great choice for an understated East-West ring.

How important is depth in emerald cut diamond? ›

The proper depth percentage for an emerald cut is between 65% and 75%. You will find that an emerald cut diamond cut within this range will deliver more brilliance. An emerald cut diamond cut shallower than 65% will let a greater percentage of light leak through the pavilion which results in less diamond brilliance.

Is color or clarity more important for emerald? ›

Is color or clarity more important in an emerald cut diamond? Clarity is more important, because inclusions can be seen easily in emerald shapes, and color can be hidden by gold.

Are darker or lighter emeralds better? ›

Note that darker does not mean better. Rich color is the darkest one should look for in emeralds. The finest gemstones are based on taste and generally range from medium, medium rich, to rich color.

What are the disadvantages of emerald cut? ›

On the downside, this style of cut makes it tricky to hide flaws in the stone. The large, flat surface will show up inclusions a lot easier than other cuts. This is why you need to go for a higher clarity than you might with the same size stone, or go for a colour diamond.

Why does my emerald cut diamond look cloudy? ›

Dirt is perhaps the most common cause of external cloudiness and shouldn't be a cause for concern. When dirt and grime accumulate on the diamond's facets, they block the light from being reflected on the ring, causing it to appear cloudy. Your fingerprint marks can also cause cloudiness.

What does emerald cut say about you? ›

This popular style is best known for its beauty & precision. The emerald cut, like its wearer, is strong and bold. It has a love of the organised mixed with just a hint of flightiness.

Do emerald diamonds hold value? ›

What is the Least Valuable Diamond Shape? Emerald diamonds are rectangular in shape and have step-like cuts on all sides. These diamonds usually appear to be larger because they use more of the initial diamond, but they're actually the least valuable.

Can a jeweler tell if an emerald is real? ›

When it comes to assessing an emerald's authenticity, using magnification tools such as a jeweler's loupe or microscope is crucial for gemologists. These tools allow gemologists to closely examine an emerald and identify any inclusions, which are tiny mineral crystals or imperfections within the gemstone.

Do real emeralds scratch easily? ›

Contrary to popular belief, emeralds are very resistant to scratches. A direct measure of this is the Mohs Hardness Scale. Any mineral on the scale can be scratched by a mineral the same rank or above it, but cannot be scratched by anything below it.

What color emerald is most expensive? ›

The most expensive emerald color is a bluish green hue with medium tone and full saturation. I specify the terms hue, tone, and saturation because these are the three factors that all colors of gems are judged by, excluding black, white, and colorless gems.

What is the best grade of emerald? ›

Emerald Grading Scale

Natural AAA: This is the highest quality. It represents are the top 10% of gemstones. Natural AAA emeralds are rich green, moderately to slightly included, and they exhibit very high brilliance.

Are darker or lighter emeralds more valuable? ›

Darker emeralds are often considered more valuable, but if an emerald becomes too dark, it becomes less valuable. Emeralds with medium to medium-dark tones are the most valuable emeralds in the market.

What's the most expensive diamond cut? ›

The most expensive diamond cut is the round brilliant because it wastes the highest amount of rough stone – around 60% on average – during the cutting process. This large quantity of discarded material means that consumers will pay for a larger stone than they end up with to help cover costs.

How many carats should an engagement ring be? ›

One of the decisions to be made when considering the purchase of an engagement ring is how many carats should the ring be? The average according to The Knot (a research company and website for all things wedding) is 1 to 2 carats. There is no rule. Developing a budget is always a good place to start.

What is the best way to clean an emerald cut diamond? ›

The best way to clean emerald jewelry is with warm soapy water or a warm soapy cloth. Do not soak emeralds in soapy water and avoid harsh detergents that might dilute or remove oils from the stone. Never soak emeralds in solvents such as alcohol, acetone, or paint thinner.

Which diamond color is better G or H? ›

H vs G Color Diamond

For most diamond shapes, h color is a great stone to go for. It is versatile and luxuriant. Since both G & H diamonds fall in the same near colorless category, with G being the higher quality choice.

What color diamond is better I or G? ›

G color diamonds are the best, whitest, and most expensive of the Near Colorless class of diamond color grades that includes H, I, and J colors as well.

What is the best diamond color and clarity for the money? ›

For this reason, we usually recommend a G or an H colored diamond and better clarity to get the best value for your money. If you're not planning on selling your diamond jewelry in the future with the hopes of earning money, then you don't have to worry too much about the diamond color grading.

What is the least popular diamond shape? ›

Marquise cut diamonds are the 2nd least popular diamond shape ahead of only Asscher cut diamonds.

What's the most expensive emerald cut? ›

There are many famous emeralds, but the Rockefeller emerald stands out among them all. It is not the largest emerald in the world, or even the largest gem quality emerald. However, it is the largest flawless emerald in the world and the most expensive emerald at $5.5 million USD.

Which diamond cut holds its value? ›

Since a round diamond is thought to hold the most value when compared to the other shapes, it will almost always be given a higher price than any other shape with similar clarity, color, and carat weight.

How tall should crown be on emerald cut diamond? ›

It proposes that the best proportions for an emerald cut diamond are a total depth between 60 – 65% with a table diameter between 60 – 65% and a crown height that is between 12 – 15% with a very thin to slightly thick, or thin to thick girdle edge, or anywhere in between.

What is the second most popular cut for engagement rings? ›

The square-shaped princess cut diamond comes second in popularity. Although square-shaped diamonds have roots going back centuries, the princess cut itself is a relative newcomer to the engagement ring market. However, the exact number of facets and their arrangement are not standardized.

Why are emerald cut diamonds popular? ›

The emerald cut provides a large surface table with deep clarity, along with lengthy step cuts that offer abundant reflections of both colored and white light. Popular among brides seeking larger stones at lower price points, emerald-cut diamonds typically look larger than other diamond shapes in the same carat weight.

How do you make an emerald cut more sparkly? ›

The Sparkling Emerald-Cut Pavilion: Step-By-Step
  1. Begin by shaping the outline at 90º.
  2. Create a girdle by cutting a row of facets around the stone at 65º.
  3. Set your angle for the pavilion mains (42º or 43º). ...
  4. Finish the mains by raising the angle ½ a degree and cut two facets in the center at I 96 & 48.

What stones look best in emerald cut? ›

An emerald cut was intended to show brilliance, and that brilliance is not solely for emeralds anymore. This elegant timeless cut works well with beryls, including morganite, aquamarine, as well as tourmaline and topaz. And of course diamonds.

Can you see VS2 inclusions on an emerald cut? ›

The clarity rating for an emerald cut diamond should be no less than VS2 clarity; otherwise the inclusions will be more visible. When purchasing step cut diamonds, make sure the color grading is no lower than H to I color.

Why are some emeralds cheap? ›

The color saturation also determines the price of the stone. The rarest and most expensive are intense green, dark and deep. Light-colored stones are cheaper.

Are cloudy emeralds valuable? ›

If there are many inclusions present in your Emerald and it appears cloudy, understand it's still beautiful, but not as valuable as a clear Emerald. Regardless, all Emeralds are a thing of natural beauty and sometimes it's the natural inclusions that are the most amazing part of the gemstone.

Do emeralds lose color in the sun? ›

The oils in emerald may dry or alter the stone's appearance. Bright lights can cause kunzite to fade. Opals are generally stable, but the heat from intense light can create fractures, known as “crazing.” Like opals, pearls can dry and crack from excess heat produced by exposure to direct light.

Who should avoid emerald? ›

It is believed that people of the zodiac signs Aries, Cancer, Sagittarius and Pisces should never wear emeralds. Since Mercury is not the ruling planet of these signs, Panna won't be favourable for them.

Which diamond cut is most sparkle? ›

Round Cut Diamonds Sparkle The Most

The standard round cut diamond comprises 57 facets (58 including one on the bezel). This cut heightens the diamond's sparkle and shine. Because round diamonds have the largest number of facets, they create the most sparkle.

Who wears an emerald cut ring? ›

For those who love the glamour of Hollywood past and present, you can enjoy an emerald cut diamond knowing it is a favorite of many celebrities. This style has adorned the fingers of top names including Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.

What is the most important quality of an emerald cut diamond? ›

Emerald cut diamonds don't conceal imperfections well due to their long, open facets, so clarity (or lack of inclusions) is important. We recommend an eye-clean VVS1 clarity grade or higher.

Why is my diamond not sparkly? ›

A dirty stone doesn't sparkle because light simply can't enter the diamond and causes it to appear dull. So, if you notice your diamond jewelry getting cloudier overtime, it's likely due to a dirty surface and there's an easy fix to restore their luster.

Does emerald fade over time? ›

For example: The heat of a lamp, daylight, or intense UV rays will not damage the emerald or change the green color in any way. This makes emeralds much more stable than aquamarines, which will fade in daylight.

What does a emerald cut diamond say about a woman? ›

Emerald shape diamonds have long facets & layered corners that resemble stairs and, like its wearer, is strong and bold. This stone shape is for the woman who enjoys flashy and exuberant fashion. An emerald shape will highlight clarity better than any of the other shapes.

Does an emerald cut diamond look bigger? ›

A popular option for larger gemstones with higher price points, an emerald cut diamond will typically appear larger than other shaped diamonds of the same quality in similar carat weights. Emerald cuts fit quite well in a variety of different styles but are generally preferred with understated settings.

Why is emerald cut so expensive? ›

But despite their higher price tag, many people prefer emerald cuts for their elegant look. Generally speaking, these stones tend to cost more than round brilliant cuts due to their larger surface area and relative rarity when compared to other shapes.

Does emerald cut diamond sparkle? ›

The emerald cut stone offers a much more subdued sparkle. Due to the nature of its facets, an emerald diamond emits less fire and brilliance than some other cuts, but it still catches and reflects the light beautifully, especially if its clarity grade is high.

Why not to get an emerald engagement ring? ›

Natural or mined emeralds have a lot of imperfections, making them vulnerable to breaking. For a ring you're wearing every day, it can get risky. Lab-made emeralds are less expensive and often have better quality than mined stones. That makes them not only beautiful but also easier to replace if something goes wrong.

Why are emerald diamonds cheaper? ›

An emerald cut diamond ring will usually be cheaper than an engagement ring with a round diamond and most other shapes. This is due to the lower demand for emerald cut diamond engagement rings and higher yield on cutting.

Do real emeralds sparkle? ›


If you hold an authentic emerald stone up to a light source, it will shine but with a dull fire. However, an emerald stone won't produce rainbow flashes. If the stone sparkles and has intense fire, it is likely a faux stone.

Do real emeralds scratch? ›

Contrary to popular belief, emeralds are very resistant to scratches. A direct measure of this is the Mohs Hardness Scale. Any mineral on the scale can be scratched by a mineral the same rank or above it, but cannot be scratched by anything below it.

Do real emeralds crack? ›

Like all stones (yes, even diamonds!) Emeralds can crack or chip if struck. Because many Emeralds have surface-reaching inclusions, cracks can occur more easily. So, when choosing an emerald, make sure to look for a stone with no (or only minor) surface-reaching inclusions.

What is a Type 3 emerald? ›

Type III gems almost always show inclusions, which is the category emeralds fall into. As a result, most emeralds are oiled for clarity. The French have a term for these typical inclusions, called a “jardin” or “garden”. Inside the green gem these inclusions resemble a garden, both being creations of mother nature.

What is the most expensive type of emerald? ›

The rarest and most expensive emeralds are mined from Muzo, Coscuez and Chivor in the green foothills of the Colombian Andes, which is where the stones in this magnificent pair of earrings, weighing an impressive 23.34 and 23.18 carats and both exhibiting a richly saturated homogenous green colour, come from.


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