Saint Patrick’s day might be over but green is still in. Everything from the popularity of the blockbuster hit Oz: The Great and Powerful and Pantone proclaiming emerald the color of the year to the color popping up in fashion and design everywhere is definitely making people green with envy.
Emerald Engagement Rings
It’s tempting to choose emerald engagement rings. Yet, it may not be the best stone for your nuptials. Even though the stone is relatively hard on the MOHS scale, it has many naturally occurring inclusions which makes emerald stones prone to breakage. However, there are ways to enhance the durability with new technologies. Yet, no one can deny that emeralds are exquisite. Images like those of The Chalk Emerald at the Smithsonian will help you see why. Modern couples like Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez are opting for emerald engagement rings.
The Emerald Cut
If you know that an emerald stone is for you, then there is something that can better preserve the emerald. Jewelers created the emerald cut to work around the stone’s flaws. The emerald cut’s rectangular shape avoids breakage. Besides being practical, the emerald cut has a high refractive index. Translation: lots of strong flashes of intense light! This cut is not only reserved for emerald stones and use for diamonds as well.
The lines of the emerald cut are modern, chic and elegant. Because they are not as popular as the round brilliant, you may be able to get a nice emerald cut for less than a round brilliant, with the added benefit of having something different. Fortunately, if you fall in love with the emerald cut, then you can also apply the cut to other stones and diamonds.
Both emeralds and the emerald cut are personal favorites of mine. So, are you emerald with envy yet?