Clear Cut Classroom: Emeralds by the Carat
Welcome to The Clear Cut Classroom where we take deep dives into all things diamonds (and jewelry)! This week we're showing you emerald cuts by the carat. This series will be perfect to help you envision what size you want on your finger 💍😍
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Happy March! In today's feature of the "Diamonds by the Carat" series, we're going to talk about emeralds!
Emerald cuts are considered one of the most classic shapes. They exude understated elegance and they are simply timeless. There are several unique things to look out for when getting an emerald cut because of its step cut fastening.
The top priority for emeralds is clarity. Emeralds are very unforgiving when it comes to inclusions, so I normally recommend VS1 and up. Once you get to SI1 and lower, the inclusions become visible to the naked eye. That's why you should prioritize clarity for emerald cuts.
However, the step cut fastening pattern in the emerald allows for more color flexibility. For emeralds, they can be anywhere from the colorless to near-colorless range. Sometimes, an emerald cut with a J or K color can still face up nice and white. Of course, the color will vary from diamond to diamond, but color is something you may be able to compromise.
Lastly, the ratio will determine the silhouette and overall shape of the emerald cut. Typically, the tennis court ratio is the most classic silhouette, ranging from 1.3 to 1.4. Emerald cuts below 1.3 will look chubby and square, and above 1.4 will look elongated. Of course, there is no "correct" ratio - it just comes down to personal preference!
An important note is that emerald cuts may look a bit smaller than other cuts because they hold a bit more weight at the bottom. So just keep that in mind while you're shopping!
One of my favorite ways to set an emerald cut is a classic solitaire, standing on its own. Emerald cuts also look amazing with side stones such as epaulettes, trapezoids, and even tapered baguettes.
Let us know what you want to see next week in the comments below. Until then, class is dismissed!