The emerald cut for me oozes timelessness and aristocratic elegance.
What makes the emerald cut for diamonds so special is that the square and rectangular cut shapes have well defined corners along with rows of facets which almost always run parallel to the girdle producing spectacular colours. They tend to act as mirrors showing a reflection in the diamond especially in colourless stones.
The emerald cut, also known as step cut has 58 facets, with 25 crown, 8 girdle and 25 pavilion. Because of the angle, size and shape of the facets the emerald cut shows less brilliance and dispersion than other brilliant and modified brilliant cut diamonds.
Because of the open large plate like nature of the facets I highly recommend staying at the higher colour (D-G) and clarity (VS2 and higher) as the natural imperfections are a lot easier to see in the emerald cut compared to other cuts.
The most attractive proportions are a length to width ratio of 1.50:1.00 with a table percentage between 60-68% and total depth percentage ranging from 60-68%.The emerald cut was developed for emeralds, rather than diamonds. This said though, the emerald cut diamond has a rich history. In 1477, it is believed the very first emerald cut diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximilian of Austria.
In 1956 Prince Rainier III of Monaco originally proposed to Grace Kelly with an eternity band of rubies and diamonds. When he saw other leading ladies in Hollywood were flashing bigger rings, he quickly ordered a 10.5-carat emerald-cut diamond flanked by two baguettes.
In 1957 Mike Todd proposed to Elizabeth Taylor with a gorgeous 29.4 carat and many others such as Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce Knowles, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston adorn this gorgeous cut.