Professional Jeweler Archive: Hall of Mirrors

March 2001

Diamonds/New Products

Hall of Mirrors

The optical effect of emerald-cut diamonds attracts affluent consumers

When modern meets traditional, People notice.

That’s the case when traditional emerald-cut diamonds are featured in newly popular three-stone rings and other contemporary jewelry designs.

The step-cut faceting of an emerald cut creates a hall-of-mirrors effect that can entrance the wearer. But the large table also requires a diamond free of eye-visible inclusions, so emerald-cut diamonds tend to be expensive.

“The three-stone ring with an emerald-cut diamond is very hot right now and customers are asking for it in 1.5-3 carats,” says Alon Shahar, president of Shahar Diamond Inc., New York City. In earrings, the most popular total weight for emerald-cut diamonds has grown to 1-2 carats, Shahar adds.

– Lorraine M. O'Donnell, A.J.P.

14k anniversary band has three emerald-cut diamonds. Triple keystone for the mounting, $203.

Stuller Settings Inc., Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777, fax (318) 981-1655,,

Platinum ring features a 0.91-ct. emerald-cut center diamond flanked by two emerald-cut side diamonds totaling 1 carat. Suggested retail, $14,800.

Kimberley Diamond Co., New York City; (800) 223-4104, fax (212) 791-7731.

Matching platinum ring and bracelet feature bezel-set emerald-cut diamonds.

Daniel K, New York City; (212) 759-7604, fax (212) 759-7606,

Antique-inspired platinum rings have emerald-cut center diamonds and shanks with diamond accents and filigree or engraving. Suggested retail, $4,550-$5,300.

Jack Kelege & Co., Los Angeles, CA; (213) 622-1290, fax (213) 622-0363.

Platinum eternity rings. The ring at left has 9.1 carats of E-F/VS-VVS emerald-cut diamonds held by shared prongs. Suggested retail, $65,000. The ring at right has 10.54 carats of emerald-cut F-G/VS-VVS bar-set diamonds. Suggested retail, $97,500.

Kwiat Inc., New York City; (800) 927-GEMS, fax (212) 223-2796.

Photo by David R. Kaplan.

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