Choosing the engagement ring is a big decision. After all, the wedding dress will be packed away, the catered food will be eaten and the flowers will wilt, but the ring is the symbol of love that you will proudly wear on your finger for the rest of your life. You want to be sure you will love it forever.
While the most popular shape is the round diamond, an emerald cut diamond engagement ring is a classy and elegant choice. The emerald cut diamond can be either square or rectangular and has cut corners. It resembles a box when you look down on it from above.
The emerald cut is also known as a step cut because the facets on the sides resemble stair steps. The name "emerald cut" comes from the fact that emeralds are traditionally cut in the same manner.
The emerald cut diamond has fewer facets than the more popular round shape. The round diamond typically has 58 facets, while the emerald cut has only 25. Since light has fewer surfaces to reflect off of, there is less sparkle in emerald cut diamonds. This does not however, mean that this shape is inferior. On the contrary, the emerald cut is a beautiful diamond that resembles a clear sheet of glass.
One of the most important things to consider when choosing any engagement ring is personal preference. Do you like the way the diamond looks? Some women simply prefer the shape of the emerald cut. The woman who chooses the emerald cut diamond is not looking for the flashiest or most brilliant diamond. She may be looking for something a little more low-key. Perhaps she has never worn jewelry before or wears very little. Or she may have an heirloom piece of jewelry that is also emerald cut that she would like to match. For some women, the sleek emerald cut is their ideal. Some prefer this shape simply because it is a little more unique, a little more creative than the typical diamonds we see every day.
Although emerald cut diamonds have never been the most popular shape, the square shaped emerald cuts have gained in popularity over the past few years. Just recently, billionaire Donald Trump selected a 13-carat emerald cut diamond for his new bride.
The bride or groom-to-be who chooses the emerald cut engagement ring should be careful to select a diamond with superb clarity and color. Any small imperfections in the diamond will be magnified by the shape of the cut and will be more obvious than flaws in the other shapes. The diamond should also be as close to colorless as possible because even a small amount of color will show dramatically.
This beautiful and sophisticated diamond shape is definitely worth considering as you search for your ideal ring. Once the ring has been chosen and slipped on your finger, you will look down in awe at your perfect emerald cut diamond engagement ring and whisper, "Yes."