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Clear Cut Classroom: 4 C's for Emerald Cuts

Welcome to The Clear Cut Classroom where we take deep dives into all things diamonds (and jewelry)! We’re back to the basics again breaking down the 4C’s for emerald cuts. Listen in to learn more about this window-like beauty 💍


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The first thing to consider with an emerald cut is the ratio! Typical emerald cuts are between 1.3-1.4 length to width ratio. This is the most classic emerald cut look, called the “tennis court” ratio! Anything above a 1.4 is considered elongated and anything below a 1.3 is closer to a square look. It’s all about your preferences. 


Next, let’s talk about color! Step cut faceting makes emeralds amazing at masking color! I recommend staying between D-J and the stone will usually face up bright and white -- it depends on the stone, but I LOVE emeralds for their color-masking-capabilities!


On to clarity! While step cuts are good at masking some things, they are not the best when it comes to masking inclusions. That’s why I always recommend prioritizing clarity a bit more for emerald cuts! I would stick to VS1 and above -- that should be safe! For anything below that, it’s important to work with a professional to make sure the stone is eye clean. 


While most people think that carat size is the most important C to prioritize, the ratio for emerald cuts is what determines how big it can look on your finger. You could have two stones with the same carat weight, but with different ratios they could look totally different. Know that if you are going to compromise on anything, make sure it's not the color! Clarity is super important to make sure your diamond is eye clean. 


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