The emerald cut - named for the green gemstone for which the cut was conceived - is a long step cut with beveled corners. This style of diamond cutting became popular in the early years of Art Deco, a cut well-suited to an aesthetic period marked by its use of clean lines and geometric shapes. This platinum engagement ring was made at the tail end of this period in design and features a 1ct emerald cut diamond (I-J/VS1) flanked by rounded shoulders set with diamond baguettes. The interior is engraved "T.J.C. - E.M.G. 11-15-45." This ring comes with an EGL diamond certificate and appraisal for the center stone.
ART DECO (1915 – 1940)
Art Deco is highly recognizable for its minimalism and futurism. Simultaneous art movements—Cubism, Bauhaus—informed the geometric style, along with “exotic” foreign influences like the Ballet Russe. Motifs like ziggurats and sunbursts, stripped of visual clutter, conveyed the optimism of an increasingly technological world.
In jewelry, the predominant use of white metals let colorful gems take center stage. Stones that were opaque and true in color, like lapis lazuli, onyx, jade, coral, and opal were worked into designs alongside more precious and brilliant gems, like diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Extra-long beaded necklaces and tasseled “sautoirs” followed the narrow flapper silhouette.
The baguette cut was an Art Deco innovation, and the decade saw increased use of other angular diamond cuts, like the precise caliber cut and the emerald cut. Synthetic gems, like sapphires, were celebrated as a scientific marvel. Marcel Tolkowsky, 21 years old at the time, published the design for the round brilliant cut in 1919.