Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

Written by Kimberly Clark
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Undoubtedly, the most popular kind of engagement ring contains a diamond that has a round shape. In an effort to be unique though, many husbands and brides-to-be are selecting alternative gemstones to top off their engagement rings. Still others are opting for classic emerald cut diamond engagement rings as an alternative to the traditional types.

In general, the emerald cut produces rectangular shaped gemstones. However, sometimes the stone is cut into a perfect square. After a gemstone has undergone an emerald cut, it is often described as looking like a box that has had its corners cut at an angle.

This type of cut is also commonly referred to as the step cut, because the sides of the gem look like steps. Not surprisingly, the emerald cut derives its name from the jewel with the same name. This is because traditionally jewelers have cut emeralds in the exact same shape and manner.

What to Know When Shopping for an Emerald Cut

There are several things you should keep in mind when shopping for emerald cut engagement rings. First of all, remember that emerald cut diamonds will have fewer facets, which are the smooth sides of diamonds that allow light to reflect through. As a result, diamonds cut in this fashion will appear less sparkly.

In addition, you will want to pay special attention to the clarity and color of the gemstone. The emerald cut has been shown to enhance any imperfections or flaws in the stone. Of course, the upside to these factors is they help to make the emerald cut one of the least expensive cuts.

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