A story about Emerald Engagement Rings
Emerald rings are described as elegant, magnificent, refined, classic and graceful. No wonder the world’s celebrities from the early 20th century to today have used these emerald rings as engagement rings.
Emeralds cuts first became popular in the 1920s after the influx of diamonds poured into Europe and new technique and technologies provided for more precise cuts of stones. These diamonds are step cut and feature a large expanse on the table (top) of the stone, which allows them to appear larger than they are. However as good as that sounds, it’s important to focus of three of the 4Cs due to the almost mirror like effect of these shapes. It makes sense that cut, color and clarity are more important that the carat weight of the stone. Modern day celebrities who own emerald cut diamond engagement rings include Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Amal Clooney and J. Lo in her most recent marriage to Alex Rodriguez.
Perhaps a favorite story of an emerald engagement ring harks back to the 1950s when Prince Rainier originally proposed to Grace Kelly with a ruby and diamond eternity band—the colors of Monaco—but when he noticed that the American tradition lent itself towards bigger, flashier rings, he took no time in upgrading and commissioned a Cartier 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond. Kelly also wore the ring in the 1956 film High Society (the musical version of The Philadelphia Story). The ring turned out to be a perfect fit for the part of a newly engaged socialite and appears often in the film, on Kelly’s finger and alongside Crosby and co-stars Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm. There were even a few lines written into the script about it. “That’s quite a rock Sam,” says ‘C. K. Dexter Haven’ (played by Bing Crosby), to his ex-wife and socialite ‘Tracy Samantha Lord’ (Grace Kelly) in the film. He then turns to her fiancé, George Kittredge’ and asks: “Did you mine it yourself George?” Adding a little inside humor into those who worked on the film and knew it was the soon to be Princess of Monaco’s own engagement ring. It also started a trend for emerald-cut engagement rings with woman who saw the movie.
Another fun behind the scenes story is when Beyoncé́ sang Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), Jay-Z got the message and did not choose just any ring for his superstar girlfriend. He proposed with appropriately flawless 18-carat emerald-cut engagement ring by Lorraine Schwartz, valued at approximately $5 million. The two married in secret in April 2008 and Beyoncé́ then publicly displayed her engagement ring for the first time on the red carpet for the ‘Fashion Rocks’ concert in New York City the following year.