This shape was originally meant for emerald, not diamonds. The uniqueness of emerald-cut won the hearts of jewelers and diamond cutter. The shape and long lines allow the light to give a diamond a sparkling and sophisticated appeal. A rectangular shape with trimmed corners, emerald cut usually features 57 facets, although this number can vary.
The step cut gives the appearance of large shimmering mirrors that reflect light out the face of the large table. It is a remarkably cut, though not so fiery or as brilliant as round diamonds. Emerald cut diamonds are best for diamonds with high color and no illusion those are more pronounced in this cut.