Vintage Wedding

Why emerald-cut engagement rings are back in vogue

Wedding season is well and truly upon us, with many couples finally able to celebrate their nuptials in style, following years of interruptions as a result of the pandemic. According to new data compiled by Abbott Lyon, emerald-cut diamonds are this year’s most popular style of engagement ring, outranking other favorites including round, cushion, princess, oval, pear, and marquise cut. The emerald-cut style grew in popularity in the 1920s, an era influenced by the Art Deco movement that emphasized clean lines, symmetry, and geometric shapes.

Céline Assimon, CEO of De Beers Jewellers, told Tatler: Emerald cut engagement rings have an enduring appeal as they look both contemporary and timeless. At De Beers, emerald-cut diamond rings are consistently in demand but with 1920s influences returning, there is a renewed interest in engagement rings that capture a vintage feel without feeling dated. The enduring popularity may be due to the mesmerizing effect when the diamond catches the light – it projects confidence and understated elegance and glamour.’

With an elongated stone, rectangular shape, chiselled step cuts, and straight linear facets, the emerald cut makes for a dazzling and striking style of diamond. Tatler explores the brides-to-be through history that have sported the shape.