The emerald cut is an elegant diamond shape characterized by its step-like facets, rectangular shape, and trimmed corners. Due to its larger, open table, this shape is often reserved for top color and clarity diamonds. The emerald cut is typically polished with 44 facets. Generally, the optimum length-to-width ratio for an emerald cut diamond should be 1.35-1.65:1, although 1.25:1 to 1.75:1 is also considered to be acceptable.


With the right specifications, an emerald cut diamond can appear larger than life...and larger than the actual carat size.