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by Himanshu February 10, 2023
Everyone knows that diamonds are a girl's best friend and generally come with a price tag, but they might lead you to ask – are emerald cut diamonds more expensive?
So join our diamond and fine jewellery experts here at Gear Jewellers in Dublin to find out for sure!
So let’s get the mini takeaway before we take a closer look at what makes emerald-cut diamonds so special.
It is difficult to say whether an emerald-cut diamond is more expensive than a traditional round brilliant or princess cut due to factors such as quality and size. Generally, emerald cuts tend to be slightly more expensive than other shapes due to the skill and time needed for them to be produced correctly.
Ok so with the short answer in place, let’s head right into more details.
Are Emerald Cut Diamonds More Expensive Than Other Diamonds?
In general emerald cut diamond rings and other jewellery can be more expensive than other shapes because of their high clarity and excellent light refraction, as well as the amount of time it takes a master gem cutter to produce them.
Additionally, they can require more weight to reach the desired shape which can sometimes make them costlier than other cuts. But despite their higher price tag, many people prefer emerald cuts for their elegant look.
Generally speaking, these stones tend to cost more than round brilliant cuts due to their larger surface area and relative rarity when compared to other shapes.
However, there are still many factors that play into determining a diamond’s price — including its carat weight, colour, clarity, and cut grade. So it’s impossible to give an exact definitive answer without knowing all of those details about your particular gemstone.
So what is an emerald-cut diamond? Keep reading to discover more.
Emerald-cut diamonds are rectangular stones that feature bevelled corners and step-style facets. This creates a unique stepped look on the crown (top) of the gem.
They have fewer facets than round-cut diamonds, which gives an elegant, yet understated look to emerald-cut rings, and other fine jewellery.
The shape of this diamond is highly sought after because it enhances clarity and colour, making them sparkle more brilliantly in the light.
This type of cut allows light to move through the diamond and disperse off its sides, creating a beautiful effect that has made emerald cuts popular for generations.
Emerald cuts are produced by skilled lapidaries (gemstone experts).
These specialists use a variety of tools and techniques to craft emerald-cut diamonds to create the perfect shape, size, and proportions that maximize beauty and sparkle.
The quality of their workmanship is one reason why emerald cuts have become some of the most sought-after shapes across all types of diamonds.
“Emerald cut diamonds are rectangular stones that
feature bevelled corners and step-style facets.”
How Are Emerald-Cut Diamonds Produced?
Emerald-cut diamonds are produced by master gem cutters who use sophisticated tools to carefully carve out the exact shape of the diamond.
After careful inspection and selection, the stone is calibrated for size using sophisticated machinery.
The shaping process starts with cutting the rough stone into two halves, referred to as ‘laps’ or ‘halves.’
The diamond is then cut into an octagon shape and its corners are bevelled to create the iconic emerald cut.
This process requires great skill as well as time and precision to achieve the desired result.
After the diamond has been cut, it is then polished to perfection, creating the iconic emerald cut look, which is well-loved in classic jewellery such as glittering emerald-cut engagement rings.
Diamonds have many other shapes, but the emerald cut stands out due to its unique beauty.
So should you be buying an emerald-cut diamond?
The emerald cut has been around since the 1600s and is famed for its rectangular shape with bevelled corners, its brilliant sparkle, and its stunning clarity.
However, this question can be hard to answer definitively as it’s mostly subjective—some people like them more than others.
It can however be argued that emerald cuts are better in terms of clarity since their shape is ideal for displaying the diamond’s colour and clarity.
Also, emerald cuts tend to show off inclusions better than other cuts, making them a great option for those looking to buy a unique diamond.
“The emerald cut has been around since the 1600s and is famed for its rectangular
shape with bevelled corners, its brilliant sparkle, and its stunning clarity.”
“Engagement rings, on the other hand, are typically only given once an official proposal has been made”
What’s important to note is that emerald cuts radiate their type of beauty and if you’re looking for a diamond with a unique look, an emerald cut may be a perfect choice.
Some people prefer the look of emerald cut diamonds because it gives the stone a unique, rectangular shape with its bevelled corners and larger table.
It also lets more light into the diamond which can make it appear brighter than other cuts.
That being said, it is entirely up to personal preference and some people may prefer round or princess-cut diamonds over emeralds.
So emerald cuts are not necessarily ‘better’ than other shapes, but they are a popular choice due to their unique beauty.
It is an excellent choice if you want something that stands out from the crowd while still offering timeless beauty.
If you decide to purchase an emerald-cut diamond, it’s important to know how to care for it properly.
As with all diamonds, keep your gem away from harsh chemicals, avoid the heat, and don’t wear it when performing manual labour or engaging in any type of physical activity.
Cleaning your emerald-cut diamond regularly can help maintain its lustre, and it's worth knowing that care for an emerald-cut diamond is no different from any other diamond shape.
All the usual care should be taken to ensure that your diamond remains in pristine condition.
Always take off your ring before doing any strenuous activities or when cleaning chemicals are present as this could cause damage to the diamond.
When cleaning your ring, use a soft cloth or brush and mild jewellery cleaner. You should not use any harsh chemicals as this could damage the diamond or even cause discolouration of the setting.
Also, avoid steam cleaners and ultrasonic machines as they can also harm your diamond.
Finally, it is important to have your emerald-cut diamond regularly checked by a professional jeweller to make sure that it is still secure in its setting and that no dirt has been trapped under the prongs or pave set diamonds which could lead to damage over time.
Having regular check-ups will help ensure that your emerald-cut diamond continues to sparkle for many years to come!
An emerald-cut diamond adds something special to any piece of jewellery. It can be a little more expensive than other cuts but there are good reasons for that... as we’ve outlined above.
In the long run, a higher value cut can be a good thing, and with proper care and maintenance, these timeless gems will provide many years of enjoyment and satisfaction — which makes them well worth the price! Are you ready to make a perfect choice?
Don’t forget to head over to our store before you go to find a range of dazzling diamond fine emerald cut jewellery, including elegant and timeless engagement rings.
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