Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links.
Considering an emerald-cut engagement ring? You're in good company. Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato and Beyoncé sport the Art Deco-style shape—there's a reason why the emerald cut has become a celebrity favorite in recent years! An emerald-cut diamond's elongated shape actually makes the stone appear bigger than other diamond shapes, while the gem's vertical facets create a glamorous, mirror-like effect. It's an elegant cut that gives your rock some serious presence.
What Is the Emerald Cut?
An emerald-cut diamond is a rectangular stone with cut corners. "Emerald-cut diamonds feature step cuts, which are large facets that sit parallel to one another," explains gemologist Ryan Kelsie of Ritani.
Full discloser: the emerald cut is not the sparkliest style on the market (If you're looking for sparkle, check out round or brilliant-cut stones). However, it is just as beautiful! "In an engagement ring, it creates a flattering, slendering effect on the finger," offers Kelsie. "The emerald-cut diamond is a desirable choice because its large surface area makes it appear larger than other diamond shapes of the same carat weight."
History of the Emerald Cut
According to Kelsie, the emerald cut is one of the oldest diamond shapes and has been around for centuries. "It gets its name from the emerald gemstone, which was cut in this fashion," she says. "Gemstone cutters found that emeralds chipped less when they were cut this way."
Meet the Expert
Ryan Kelsie is a gemologist at Ritani, a fine jewelry company that specializes in engagement rings and bridal jewelry.
And despite being around for centuries, the popularity of the emerald cut saw a resurgence during the Art Deco period in the 1920s and 1930s.
What to Look for in Emerald-Cut Diamonds
Unlike other cuts, emerald-cut diamonds put an emphasis on the stone's clarity rather than sparkle, per Kelsie, making clarity and color grade important details to pay attention too when ring shopping.
"Because of the large table and open facets, emerald-cut diamonds show imperfections and color easily," adds Kelsie. She suggests finding a stone with a "minimum clarity grade of VS2 or higher and a color grade of H or higher," adding that many consumers favor diamonds that appear colorless rather than yellow.
If you happen to be engagement ring shopping online, Kelsie urges you to always ask for high-definition imagery and videos before purchasing the emerald-cut stone.
How to Care for Your Emerald-Cut Diamond
Emerald-cut diamonds should be cleaned with mild soap and warm water: Kelsie suggests using a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub between the prongs and hidden corners. And in addition to routine at-home care, you should bring your diamond ring to the jeweler at least once a year. "Your jeweler can tighten the prongs so your diamond doesn’t become lost," she shares, adding, "jewelers can also professionally clean your ring to make it look just as beautiful as the day you first got it."
Below, scroll through unique, bold and minimal emerald-cut engagement rings for every kind of bride.
Valerie Madison 1.9CT Zara Blue Sapphire Three-Stone Engagement Ring
Given the name of the emerald cut was inspired by an emerald, there's no date the glamourous cut works well with colored stones, too. Here, a blue sapphire is flanked by two triangular white diamonds, creating a great mix of unique and traditional.