Ah, the emerald gemstone. That big, richly-colored, shimmering square green gem that you seem to get lost in upon a glance. If you have ever seen a significant emerald in a museum or at a fine jeweler, you understand what I mean.
A less popular choice than a diamond, an emerald engagement ring can be equally (if not more) spectacular. A top-quality emerald can be worth more than diamonds on a per-carat basis. A 1-carat emerald appears larger and perhaps even more impressive than a 1-carat diamond, since an emerald is lower in density.
Top Emerald Engagement Rings
1) Pear-Cut Emerald and Diamond Engagement Ring Set
There is something about emeralds in a pear-cut that just looks exquisite. This breathtaking faceted ring shows off the vibrant and rich qualities of the featured emerald. A sparkling border of diamonds will draw the eye in and further showcase the emerald as the star of the show.
2) Lace Pattern Emerald Engagement Ring
What could be more decadent than a lace print amidst a deep green oval-cut emerald? This spectacular engagement ring brings a real wow factor with a uniquely designed 3D-printed lace setting. The band is carefully constructed with openings to allow for light and maximum reflection.
3) Pear Emerald Engagement Ring
Sometimes simplicity goes a long way. This ring is a perfect example of how a simple yet unique setting can truly allow the featured stone to shine. I love the brilliant white diamond addition that sits on top of the pear-cut emerald – just like the star on a Christmas tree!
4) Triangle Emerald Diamond Ring
Minimalism is a lifestyle that isn’t going away any time soon. This ring is a perfect blend of minimalism and timelessness. A one-of-a-kind triangle emerald shines beside a few tasteful diamonds for a look that people are sure to notice.
5) Twig Natural Emerald Engagement Ring
Bring nature with you with this exquisite natural leaf ring. A single full carat emerald sits in a four-prong setting accented by lovely leaves and a textured bark band. Choose from your preference of 14K white, rose, or yellow gold.
6) Emerald and Diamond Halo Vintage-Inspired Milgrain Ring
By Blue Nile
Remember that magical ring you used to admire on your grandmother’s delicate hands? This ring borrows a vintage style that will remind you of a family heirloom. A milgrain halo with pavé-set diamonds beautifully complements the sparkling center emerald.
7) Oval Emerald Ring with Diamonds
What’s not to love about a ring that could be fit for a queen? This spectacular ring features a generous 1.2 carat emerald in your choice of yellow, white, rose gold or platinum. The “piece de resistance” is the lovely set of brilliant diamonds crowning the feature stone.
8) Emerald Engagement Ring with Pavé Diamonds
Our list would not be complete without an emerald-cut emerald! This sophisticated ring lets the feature gemstone steal the show. A tasteful pavé-set diamond band brings plenty of sparkle while the genuine Columbian emerald delivers an almost hypnotic effect.
9) Green Emerald Cushion-Cut Halo Engagement Ring
By James Allen
This ring feels like something you would only see in the movies. Carefully placed diamonds sparkle at every angle and draw the eye into the breathtaking 1.16-carat emerald. Slip this on your finger and you’re ready for any red carpet.
10) Petite Emerald Stacking Diamond Ring
by Blue Nile
Simple yet far from understated, this striking little ring would make a wonderful anniversary, birthday or graduation gift. An adorable round-cut emerald is surrounded by 12 sparkling diamonds adorning the band. Stack it with other rings or leave it to shine on its own. Either way, it is sure to be loved.
Why Choose an Emerald?
“Girls can wear pearls, but it takes a woman to wear serious emeralds.” – Hettie Judah
Emeralds are the birthstone for May, as well as the traditional wedding gift for the 20th, 35th, and 55th wedding anniversary in North America.
Where are Emeralds found?
Emeralds have been around for a long time, dating back to the Egyptian days of Queen Cleopatra. Egyptians were the first to mine emeralds and then later trade with European countries.
Who Wore an Emerald Best?
Celebrities over the years have had no hesitation showing off gorgeous emerald engagement rings on their left hands. Perhaps one of the most notable was a 2-carat emerald, 2-carat diamond ring slipped on Jackie Kennedy’s finger by John F. Kennedy. Halle Berry also showcased a 4-carat emerald designed by French jeweler Robert Mazio.
Nowadays, emeralds are mined throughout the world. Specifically, the three main sourcing countries are Columbia, Brazil, and Zambia. Popular opinion is that Columbian emeralds are the finest quality. While they tend to be a little bit lighter than other emeralds from say, Brazil, due to a strong presence of Chromium. Columbian emeralds are among the most popular and sought after emeralds today.
Angelina Jolie walked down the red carpet at the 2009 Academy awards wearing show-stopping emerald drop earrings. Beyonce announced her first pregnancy at the MTV Music Awards donning a dazzling Lorraine Schwartz emerald ring.
I like to think that choosing an engagement ring is a little bit like choosing a home. You are making an investment and a long-term commitment. You want to make the right decision and feel confident you’ll still adore your ring in the years to come.
Emeralds have staying power. While they’ve been around since Egyptian times, they have lasted over the decades from Elizabeth Taylor’s collection in the 1960s to Julianne Moore donning emeralds at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. You can be sure that 40, 50 and even 100 years down the road, an emerald will be something to treasure.
Factors for Purchasing an Emerald Ring
Like most precious gemstones, you want to pay attention to the four C’s: color, clarity, cut and carat weight. The most important of these is color. The finest emeralds are vivid green or blue-green with an even tone all over. They are also quite transparent but like Goldilocks and her porridge, you want a color that is not too light, not too dark but “just right”.
It is common for emeralds to have some type of inclusion or imperfection. There are few emeralds discovered in history without some type of imperfection.
Where to Buy Emeralds
You can find emeralds everywhere from exotic markets and gem shows to fine jewelry stores around the world. With today’s age of the internet and online shopping it’s easier than ever to find your dream ring from the comfort of your own home. Most companies online offer sizing, custom specifications, international certifications, free shipping, and free exchanges to help you get the perfect ring.
Let’s get into our carefully curated list of emerald rings! Then, keep reading below to see more background information about these regal gemstones.
Now that you’ve got the full scoop on the luxurious emerald, it’s time to make your decision. Let us know in the comments below if you’ll be joining the company of Queen Cleopatra and Queen Bey(oncé) in your choice of gemstone engagement ring.