Pros and Cons on Emerald cuts

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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Sierra1 :  I’m not a long time wearer of an emerald cut. It’s a moissy too and the only complaint I have is that it needs to be wiped often or else any water residue gets multiplied by all the mirror facets. Other than that I love it. Its a classy cut! Not everyone loves it because it doesn’t sparkle like rounds but I think its beautiful in it’s own right.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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Sierra1 :  I’ve been wearing an emerald cut diamond for 5 years and it still makes me smile every day. I love the hall of mirrors effect, especially on cloudy days. The only downside is that they show dirt quickly so if you want a super shiny ring you have to clean it a little more carefully. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I have an EC and wouldn’t choose any other cut.

Pros: hall of mirrors effect, gives of big, bold flashes of light

Cons: not as sparkly as other cuts eg round brilliant, shows color and clarity easily

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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Sierra1 :  I just use a soft toothbrush and a little dawn dishsoap. About once a year or so I’ll take it to the jewelers for a cleaning too. I don’t have that big of an issue with dirt on the surface, it’s little specs schmutz that gets underneath so a little brush works better than an alcohol wipe. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - City, State

My first ring was an EC, I loved how it showed off the clarity of the stone and it felt more unique than a round.  However, it didn’t sparkle as much. I do love how classy they are. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

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Sierra1 :  Hot water, dish soap, Windex mix and a tufted toorhbrush.  My ring was designed with an open basket so it’s really easy to clean underneath.  Once in a while, I take it in to have all the prongs checked and tightened since I have a halo.

And always carry alcohol wipes in my bag for on the go cleaning. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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Sierra1 :  I debated for many months between an emerald cut diamond and an asscher cut diamond. I’ve been wearing an asscher solitaire for 7+ years now and I love everything about it; the clean lines, the simple setting, the subtle flashes of light, the understated glamor. I clean it 1-2x per week with hot water, dish soap, windex and a soft toothbrush like a few PP. 

The only minor drawback is when people ask me about my princess cut  undecided but that’s unlikely to happen with an emerald cut stone. Good luck! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I love my emerald cut! I get tons of compliments on the cut. 

Pro: the eye catching flashes, I have had people tell me they could see my ring flash from across the room!

con: My diamond gets dirty easily. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Pro: I looooove the hall of mirrors look and the bold flashes of light it reflects. I also love how its a pretty uncommon cut, so it stands out a bit.

Con: This isn’t even a big con at all, but it needs more regular cleaning. A baby soft toothbrush and some warm soapy water does the trick!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

As others have mentioned, emerald cuts need more frequent cleaning. Additionally, they will show color more easily and they are a cut that highlights clarity. Often (though not always), an EC needs to be a higher quality stone because the cut is just not as forgiving as, say, a round brilliant. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I love emerald cut! The cleaning doesn’t really bother me. When I wash my hands I just do it with my ring on😉

For me, the difficult part is to find a stone with the length and width ratio I like and the setting that goes well with the ratio. I like more rectangular shape, so it took me a while to find it.

The stone in the first picture has a ratio of 1.47 and the second one 1.42. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

As previously mentioned, emerald cuts do require a little more frequent cleaning to stay in their best shape. But this is my ring on the dirtier side, and I still think it’s gorgeous. I’ve received a bunch of compliments from friends and strangers on mine, and even after wearing it for a year, I still find myself staring at it on a daily basis. *mine is a padparadscha sapphire, not a diamond. I love dainty rings and have chosen to just wear my engagement and not add a wedding band to it, but an emerald cut engagement ring with a sparkly wedding band seems like a great way to get the best of both worlds. Below I have a pic from when my husband proposed and you can see the “flash” my ring gives off. The light isn’t hitting it quite as well as it could for that, but for a ring that’s only half a carat, it still looks pretty good.

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