While a round diamond solitaire still reigns supreme when people think of a classic engagement ring, unique fancy shape diamond engagement rings are continuing to grow in popularity. Popular engagement rings styles are as varied as the women who wear them. At Gabrielle & Ferrar, we are seeing brides fall for princess cut, pear, heart, and emerald shaped diamonds more and more often.
Spotlight on the Emerald Cut Engagement Ring
Many brides choose emerald cut diamonds for their elegance and vintage-looking beauty. Emerald cut engagement rings are rare and distinctive— which makes sense that powerhouses Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon, and Amal Clooney enjoy this diamond shape in their engagement rings.
The emerald cut dates back to the 1500s when stone-cutters began cutting emeralds in a rectangle shape with stepped facets to provide more stability to the stone. The cut was originally performed on emeralds, which are softer and more prone to damage than diamonds. Like most other diamond shapes, an emerald cut diamond has 57 or 58 facets.
Emeralds tend to be set in a simple solitaire setting to showcase the cut of the diamond. Many couples opt for a halo around their emerald cut diamond to accentuate the stone’s beauty and vintage flair. Elongated cuts like emerald cut diamonds tend to look larger and elongate the fingers due to their large top surface, which is far bigger than a round cut diamond of the same carat weight.
Emerald shape diamonds are rare. Only roughly 3% of the cut diamonds are emerald cut, which makes this shape more rare than other options. With their elongated table, budget-minded shoppers might be pleased to learn that the emerald cut diamonds’ elongated shape and larger table makes this shape appear larger than diamonds of the same carat size.
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