Subtle Diamonds for Engagement


The Emerald Cut Diamond Solitaire

The Emerald Cut diamond is less frequently chosen for an engagement ring since it lacks the fire and scintillation of many more popular diamond cuts. This is on account of the step faceting. Longitudinal facets that create an overall different look to the polished diamond, regarded by many as being more subtle. Purchasing an Emerald Cut Diamond can be difficult, especially in view of the enormous variation in models that exist. Scan the proportions of many diamonds equal in weight and you will no doubt see quite a variation in stone dimensions. From the short and fat, almost square proportions, to the long and skinny proportions of the lengthier models, enormous variations exist.

Features of the Emerald Cut Diamond

Looking into an Emerald Cut diamond, light tends to be reflected within the stone, so small inclusions can appear more numerous on account of this internal reflection. Having a large table facet, the observer can literally see into the diamond with lower purities being more obviously included than brilliant cut diamonds. Small sensible inclusions are best appraised by eye (something that we undertake with each diamond sold.) We do however tend to advise higher purities which negate any such issues. VS1 clarity is always a good starting point. Diamond colour can be sacrificed to a degree without compromising the overall appearance of the diamond. This cut of diamond typically carries more weight in the back of the stone, and can be less ‘spready’ than other diamond cuts.

Four Claw Emerald Diamond Engagement RingSimple Styles for Emerald Cut Solitaires

Emerald cut diamond engagement rings can display the diamond in many different ways. Either alone (see solitaire ring designs) or with diamond set shoulders. The orientation can also be varied from the typical lengthwise orientation to sideways set emerald cut rings which present the diamonds in an East to West orientation. There is no greater balance between the subtle sophistication of the Emerald Cut than with a simple four claw setting, such as the Lucida styled R1D047 which is featured here.

Typical Sizes of Diamond

Choosing your carat weight can be difficult. Gaining an idea of the physical size of a diamond is a tricky undertaking. Here are a few typical sizes that will give a guide in mm. as to how large your diamond will be. As explained above, variations do exist around the following measurements.

  • 0.30cts – 5 x 3mm
  • 0.40cts – 5 x 4mm
  • 0.50cts – 5.5 x 4.5mm
  • 0.60cts – 6 x 4mm
  • 0.75-0.80cts  – 6.5 x 4.5mm approx.
  • 1.00cts – 7 x 5mm

The Next Stage

Purchasing an engagement ring set with any shape of diamond is often the final stage of a lengthy process of research, communication and decision making. Decisions about metal type, diamond quality and budget are all areas that we advise upon, talking clients through the process over face-to-face appointments, phone calls and emails, whichever work best for a client. Getting the ring perfect is an ultimate goal for ourselves as well as our client and our aim is to make the entire process as straightforward as possible to achieve the perfect ring.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website.

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