Emerald or Round Solitaire? Pics please?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
2463 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Get the emerald cut solitaire and when you tire of it, put it in a halo…best of both worlds.

Also, I may be saying that because I’m biased and have an EC halo  yell

Post # 3
842 posts
Busy bee

I have a love for emerald cut diamonds myself (my fingers are long, and I never really liked how rount cut stones looked on my hand). SO and I ended up picking out this cushion cut with a halo– I feel like it’s a nice compromise between the sparkle of a round stone, but the cut of it is flattering since it seems to be a bit longer.


Post # 6
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I love EC so they always get my vote. But I’m biased as I have one! I tried on this set for funzies the other day.

Post # 8
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Mine is a 1.75 carat round diamond 

Post # 9
2531 posts
Sugar bee

I think a lot will depend on your budget for the stone. These two cuts are VERY different. MRB’s are more forgiving on both color and clarity. For that reason, you can often get higher carat for the same budget. 

EC’s show color and inclusions very well because of their crisp, mirror-like facets. 

Here is a thread regarding minimum specs one “should” look for in an EC:

The other thing to consider is that EC’s don’t have a standard from which to determine cut quality. For this reason, you can’t trust that any stone online or even in person has an “excellent” or “ideal” cut, unless you are ready to educate yourself on what the best proportions are. 

FWIW, I have long, narrow fingers and was considering an elongated cusion for a looong time because something in me just rebelled against the thought of the “typical” round stone. But then I learned about OEC’s and fell in love. It’s the classic round shape, but with more interesting (IMO!) faceting than MRB’s. 

My ring: (2.02 I VS1, size 4)

Post # 11
2270 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Here is my round solitaire engagement ring. It is just over a carat. I unfortunately don’t have one of my wedding ring and engagement ring. They shine though. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 13
2169 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

paigerino :  To me, it depends on size. I like round solitaires of all sizes (well, after about 3cts they start to look a bit like door knobs to me). Emeralds, however, I think have a sweet spot of about 2-3cts. To me, when they’re around 1ct or smaller, the uniqueness and beauty of the cut gets lost.

This is just my personal (and somewhat picky) opinion. Both cuts are beautiful in their own right, rounds simmer and sparkle where as an emerald will flash light.

I’d recommend trying both on if you have not yet done so (and consider what type of band you might want–that was harder than expected for me!). Good luck!

Post # 14
2270 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

paigerino :  Thanks. He did a good job (it wasn’t at all any of those pics of rings I sent him). ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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