“Variety is the spice of life,” as the saying goes. In the world of diamonds, this is certainly true. While the round brilliant is the most commonly associated shape with diamonds, these incredible rough crystals of pure carbon are cut into a variety of shapes and facet arrangements.
This results in a plethora of diamond "flavors," some as disparate as chocolate and strawberry. In terms of shape and optics, the emerald cut diamond is one of the most distinctive of those flavors. Here we'll take a look at the unique beauty of the venerable emerald cut diamond.
What is the difference between an Emerald Cut Diamond and a Round Cut Diamond?
Emerald cut diamonds stand out in terms of both their overall appearance and the type of optics they produce. Their step cut facet design creates a completely different visual experience than the common round brilliant and the many brilliant style shape variations available.
In contrast to the vertical facets of brilliant cuts, the emerald cut has a series of horizontal step-like facets. On the crown and pavilion, the four longer sides have beveled corners with two, three, or four concentric rows of facets parallel to the girdle.