The Emerald cut is a rectangular diamond with trimmed corners, it is known as a step-cut because its concentric, broad, flat planes resemble stair steps. The Emerald cut has fewer facets to reflect light. It is popularly set with multiple side stones to provide balance to the elongated shape.
The Emerald belongs to the Step cut type. It is a unique shape as its pavilion is cut with rectangular facets. Since the Emerald shape has a very open table, people often prefer a higher clarity grade stone to hide minor defects. The rectangular cuts along the pavilion are always done in steps, which are clearly seen through the table of the stone.
Below you can view a gallery of different Emerald cut diamonds in the many styles they appear:
Among the world's most famous diamonds you can find the following Step-cut diamonds:
The Graff Pink, a 24.78ct Fancy Intense Pink and The Kimberley, a 70-carat, champagne Flawless diamond.
During the years, different Step-cut diamonds were sold for record prices at auctions:
• On Oct 2007 a 6.04ct Emerald cut Fancy vivid Blue was sold for $1,321,496 per carat being the "Highest price per carat ever paid at auction."
• On November 2010, "The Graff Pink", a 24.78ct Fancy Intense Pink Emerald cut was sold for an astonishing price of $46,100,000 being the "Highest price paid for any diamond and any jewel sold at auction"
The Graff Pink
• In mid-2011 a 6.60 carat Fancy Intense Blue Emerald shaped stone was sold for 830,000 / per carat.
• On November 2010, "The perfect Pink", a 14.23ct Fancy Intense Pink was sold for $23,100,000 and became " The most expensive jewel ever sold in Asia."
The Perfect Pink
Learn more about the other common Diamond shapes: