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Emerald cut lovers - what's your preferred L/W ratio?

MillieLou

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I have a 1.40 ratio and love it. I *think* I prefer ECs tending towards the more elongated. But I've never seen a different ratio in real life, so... Thoughts (and photos of course) are welcome!

Thinking of going bigger to this one, with a 1.51 ratio, but no clue as to whether it's well cut. Comments on this would be gratefully received too.

 

dk168

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In diamonds, I personally prefer longer/more slender ECs to chubby ECs, and am not a fan of Asschers.

Personal preferences and all that.

DK :))
 

MillieLou

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In diamonds, I personally prefer longer/more slender ECs to chubby ECs, and am not a fan of Asschers.

Personal preferences and all that.

DK :))

Thanks DK! I think I'm the same. I love the look of more square stones on others (on PS) but for some reason they don't look good on me. Maybe because I have short fingers?! I need all the optical illusion of length I can get...
 

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I agree with the slightly longer emerald cuts being the most pleasant to my eye. Now, that said, I love an asscher that’s dead square.

Hey, call me a step it hypocrite :)
 

MillieLou

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Haha, not hypocrisy, we like what we like!

I think the problem is I just find them all beautiful. Makes it hard to be discriminating and narrow down preferences.

What do you both think of the BN stone linked?
 

dk168

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First of all, I am no good with cut quality like the experts on here.

Although I like the L:W ratio and the look of this stone, the colour is a tad too warm for my liking (my own 1.19ct EC is an E).

DK :))
 

MillieLou

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First of all, I am no good with cut quality like the experts on here.

Although I like the L:W ratio and the look of this stone, the colour is a tad too warm for my liking (my own 1.19ct EC is an E).

DK :))

Thanks DK! My existing EC is a K colour so I'm OK with them - I am not colour sensitive at all, and I have darker skin so that seems to help too. Or maybe colour tolerant is the word - I can see the difference but I like the warmth :) Your EC is stunning and icy white in photos, it must be amazing in real life!

I like the classic 1.5:1 ratio for emerald cuts, or a 1:1 for square emeralds or Asscher

Thanks - that's interesting you refer to it as classic. Blue Nile categorise 1.30-1.40 as the "standard", I wonder if this has changed over time?
 

dk168

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Thanks @MillieLou - I am glad that you like the colour as I believe it is a nice sparkly stone.

I don't have the dimensions of my EC to hand, however, I can remember Rob at Diamondhouse in Antwerp commenting at the time that the likes of Tiffany would reject my EC as it would not be considered as "ideal" to them being too long.

Hence it was also slightly cheaper compared to those that were considered as ideal for the same weight.

I did not know if all these were true or not, however, he came highly recommended, and I trusted him as I never felt being pressured into making a purchase.

He brought in 3 stones for me to choose, two within my budget and one was outside by at least 1k EUR.

When he placed the three stones on my hand, my eyes immediately drew to 1.19ct E VS1 for its longer shape immediately. The other two chubbier stones had no chance. And yes, I believe the stone spoke to me that day! :lol-2:

DK :))
 

Austina

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I know nothing about Emerald cuts, but yours looks a beauty @MillieLou.
 

MillieLou

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Thanks @MillieLou - I am glad that you like the colour as I believe it is a nice sparkly stone.

I don't have the dimensions of my EC to hand, however, I can remember Rob at Diamondhouse in Antwerp commenting at the time that the likes of Tiffany would reject my EC as it would not be considered as "ideal" to them being too long.

Hence it was also slightly cheaper compared to those that were considered as ideal for the same weight.

I did not know if all these were true or not, however, he came highly recommended, and I trusted him as I never felt being pressured into making a purchase.

He brought in 3 stones for me to choose, two within my budget and one was outside by at least 1k EUR.

When he placed the three stones on my hand, my eyes immediately drew to 1.19ct E VS1 for its longer shape immediately. The other two chubbier stones had no chance. And yes, I believe the stone spoke to me that day! :lol-2:

DK :))
That's interesting DK - I wonder what ratio is considered ideal these days? Either way, yours is gorgeous and I love the setting too!

I know nothing about Emerald cuts, but yours looks a beauty @MillieLou.
Thanks Austina! The one linked above isn't mine (yet :devil:), but I'm considering it as an upgrade.
 

Garry H (Cut Nut)

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An important thing is the length of the keel is proportionate.
This keel is too short:
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This keel is a bit on the long side.
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This next one has a nice keel length but the corner facets stop short of true love! They do not extend to the keel.
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Alex T

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I love all & every shape of emerald cut & asscher, but you are right in that different L/W ratios look very differe t on different hands.

I do love your emerald though & it's definitely the perfect ratio on you. Can't believe you are upgrading it already?! Lucky lady!
 

MillieLou

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Thanks @Garry H (Cut Nut) ! How interesting re: keels. Wonder what you make of mine? Video attached...

@kenny and @Diamond Girl 21 thanks, yes that's pretty much what my existing one is. I like it! But I'd probably like others too - so many choices, so little money...

@alex haha dithering about whether I did it right would be more accurate than upgrading per se! Thank you for your kind comments :) I am also wondering if a larger stone may be out of place / look like costume jewellery. As a fellow (local!) Brit, I'd love your take on this...

 

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For a ring if not a SE. I like 1.2 for a ring, pendant I like 1.6+ or these days unobtanium in diamond.
 

MillieLou

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For a ring if not a SE. I like 1.2 for a ring, pendant I like 1.6+ or these days unobtanium in diamond.

That's interesting, never thought of different proportions for different items. Sorry to be dense but what does SE and unobtanium mean?
 

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That's interesting, never thought of different proportions for different items. Sorry to be dense but what does SE and unobtanium mean?

square emerald aka asscher
unobtanium is slang for an unobtainable material

This is on my dream list for my wifey.
dreamlist.jpg
Fortunately long emerald cuts are fairly common in tourmaline.
in diamond even more yummbo but unobtanium.
 
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MillieLou

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square emerald aka asscher
unobtanium is slang for an unobtainable material

This is on my dream list for my wifey.
dreamlist.jpg
Fortunately long emerald cuts are fairly common in tourmaline.
in diamond even more yummbo but unobtanium.

Aha! We don't have unobtanium over here in the UK but I'm going to import it and make it a thing, if you don't mind :lol:

That's a spectacular long EC. Love the contrast with the halo (or frame, or whatever you call the bits around it).
 

lizzydm26

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I'm around 1.45. Slightly elongated catches my eye the most. My opinion is that if you want less, might as well go for the asscher. For me anyway. But buy what you like on your hand!
 

Garry H (Cut Nut)

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Thanks @Garry H (Cut Nut) ! How interesting re: keels. Wonder what you make of mine? Video attached...

@kenny and @Diamond Girl 21 thanks, yes that's pretty much what my existing one is. I like it! But I'd probably like others too - so many choices, so little money...

@alex haha dithering about whether I did it right would be more accurate than upgrading per se! Thank you for your kind comments :) I am also wondering if a larger stone may be out of place / look like costume jewellery. As a fellow (local!) Brit, I'd love your take on this...


It looks beautiful ML.
The light return from the sides in that video is better then from the ends of the stone. BUT. You were only rocking East to West.
N-S is also important. most of the time it will be away to the north a little from you POV.
The corner facets run all the way to the keel :)
 

Garry H (Cut Nut)

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square emerald aka asscher
unobtanium is slang for an unobtainable material

This is on my dream list for my wifey.
dreamlist.jpg
Fortunately long emerald cuts are fairly common in tourmaline.
in diamond even more yummbo but unobtanium.

Because they grow in long sticks, they cheat and usually dont put corner facets. The keel runs the entire length. Would be very wasteful with diamond rough.
 

oncrutchesrightnow

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That is a gorgeous pendant!! Is it yours? I wonder why we see EC pendants so rarely.
Thanks!

Yep, it’s mine.

i don’t know why we don’t see more of them. Probably because round are the most popular and I’m guessing people don’t buy multiple diamond pendants very often. Maybe PS’ers do but not the rest of the world. :). I only do because I like small diamonds.
 

Ibrakeforpossums

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square emerald aka asscher
unobtanium is slang for an unobtainable material

This is on my dream list for my wifey.
dreamlist.jpg
Fortunately long emerald cuts are fairly common in tourmaline.
in diamond even more yummbo but unobtanium.

Ooh, Karl, very sexy pendant.
Unobtainium is in the male lexicon but not so much with the fairer sex. I know only because I was raised with gearheads, who would have no idea where to source such a necklace. But you would.
 
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