The most important factor when choosing an emerald is the gemstone’s color
Emeralds are found in medium to deep green shades with deep bluish-green being the most sought after. Many people find that they prefer pale hues, as they’re more reflective and have a greater brilliance.
The cut of a gemstone shows off all of the emerald’s best features and affects how much sparkle it will have. Emerald cuts and step cuts, like Asscher, are favored for this gemstone because they accentuate its natural beauty.
The shape of your gemstone is its outline when you look down at it. Round and octagon shapes are popular because they allow the emerald to reflect the most light. Pear and oval shapes are favorites for showcasing an emerald’s size. And of course, emeralds always look spectacular in a rectangle shape with their namesake emerald cut, which maximizes the surface area of the gemstone.
Emeralds are a spectacular gemstone and look lovely with any metal. A lush emerald against yellow gold makes for a striking pair, but these gorgeous green gemstones look just as impressive on a platinum or silver band. A helpful tip is to choose a band that’s opposite the color wheel from the emerald to enhance its greenness. For example, if the emerald is a bluer hue, choose a yellow band, or if it’s a yellower hue, choose a white band.