Everything You Need To Know About Emerald-Cut Engagement Rings

The diamond cut has quickly turned into a celebrity favorite in recent years.

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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.

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Erstwhile Deco Solitaire Ring

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Current engagement ring trends all lead to minimalism, making this solitaire-set ring from Erstwhile a stunning option for a low-key bride. The emerald-cut diamond sits on a delicate 18K yellow gold band—another popular trend!

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Emerald-Cut Moissanite Engagement Ring and Marquise Wedding Ring

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This two-piece set comes with a vintage-inspired emerald-cut engagement and complementing marquise wedding ring. But perhaps what is even prettier than this diamond ring pair is the price.

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Zales 1-1/3 CT. T.W. Emerald-Cut Three Stone Engagement Ring in Platinum

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Similar to singer Demi Lovato's engagement ring, this Zales creation includes a center emerald-cut diamond and two trapezoid diamonds.

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ManiaMania Eternal Ring

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For color and shine, look no further than ManiaMania's Eternal ring. Set on a solid 14K gold band, a bi-color sapphire is surrounded by pavé of white diamonds.

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Tiffany Novo Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring with Diamond Pavé Band

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Featuring a single emerald-cut diamond, this Tiffany Novo ring puts the rock on full display. But don't worry, this bauble isn't without sparkle thanks to the diamond pavé band.

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KatKim Emerald Sunset Pavé Rings

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Here, a delicate diamond is placed in an East-West setting, giving the popular cut a unique look. A row of micro-pavé white diamonds sits below the main stone, creating the illusion of two rings instead of one.

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Valerie Madison 1.9CT Zara Blue Sapphire Three-Stone Engagement Ring

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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.

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Ritani Solitaire Diamond Gallery Engagement Ring

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Go back to the basics with this Ritani engagement ring. A single emerald-cut white diamond rests on a white gold band, making this a ring that will never go out of style.

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Gemist Emerald Solitaire Ring

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Here, the celeb-favorite diamond cut is paired with a celeb-favorite gold band, making it a stylish, simple option for brides inspired by recent A-list engagement rings.

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Vrai The Signature East West Solitaire Ring

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Another East-West set option, a diamond pavé band adds bling to the otherwise simple, yet elegant ring.

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Gemist Emerald Halo Ring

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There's really no setting the emerald cut doesn't look good in, especially when the center stone is surrounded by a diamond halo. Besides, the more bling the better!

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Allurez Halo Morganite and Diamond Ring

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Color, sparkle, size—this Allurez ring has it all. Featuring an emerald-cut morganite center stone with a diamond halo and pavé band, this piece of jewelry makes a sophisticated statement and feels one-of-a-kind.

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Melissa Joy Manning Bezel Set Vietnamese Spinel Ring

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Understated and bold all the same, Melissa Joy Manning's bezel set spinel ring reminds us of a vintage piece. A pink spinel stone lives in a tight rectangular bezel of 14K gold.

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Blue Nile Petite Solitaire Engagement Ring

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This petite solitaire ring from Blue Nile looks twice as expensive than it actually is. A great option for budget-conscious couples, this gorgeous ring proves beauty and quality don't have to cost a fortune.

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Liven Co. East-West Emerald Cut Colored Stone Ring

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East-West setting, diamond halo and a diamond pavé band—what's not to like? Plus, the center stone comes in a variety of colors from white topaz to rainbow moonstone.

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Vrai The Trio Three-Stone Ring

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We've been obsessed with three-stone rings ever since Meghan Markle donned one in 2017. Here, three emerald-cut diamonds are paired together, creating a luxurious look.

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Anna Sheffield Attelage Ring

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We can't tell what we like best about this engagement ring by Anna Sheffield: the double band, diamond halo or stunning center stone. It's the perfect foundation for creating the ultimate ring stack, yet still stands out on it's one.

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Kay Jewelers Diamond Engagement Ring

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Diamonds are truly the name of the game with this sparkling engagement ring from Kay Jewelers. If you're looking for shine, the emerald-cut stone, double diamond halo and diamond-encrusted band this will no doubt satisfy!

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Anna Sheffield Bea Three-Stone Ring

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This ring was originally designed for a specific client, but Anna Sheffield can create a unique version to match your desires and price point. We particularly love the champagne diamond paired with the rose gold band and prongs.

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Tacori Simply Tacori Engagement Ring

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This emerald-cut engagement ring is all about the details. From the East-West setting to the diamond-tipped frame, the diamond pavé band to the crescent silhouette, you'll never get sick of staring at this beauty.

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Tiina Smith Fancy Light Brown Diamond Ring

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Want a ring that makes a statement? This 16.77-carat ring will do the trick. The large emerald-cut diamond is flanked by pear-shaped white diamonds and is actually set on a 14K yellow gold setting.

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Mocuin Emerald Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring

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The delicate emerald-cut diamond is set East-West and surrounded by a modified bezel setting all on a square gold band. What's not too like about this one-of-a-kind piece?

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