I have a thing lately for emerald cuts. They are definitely classy and pull off larger carat weight without looking tacky (in my opinion). I love the what I call the "hall of mirrors" effect you get from looking into an emerald cut or any step cut. Unlike round cuts which feel like they are all about that flash, that sparkle, emerald cuts a like a seductress that lures you in.
Now in our small tight nit, diamond loving, instagram family there is one particular emerald cut that most definitely has lured me - she already has a name - Emmaline who belongs to and is loved by Vivian who goes by the moniker @thejeweldiary on instagram. When it came to the next engagement ring expose I had to feature Vivian and her Emmaline. I love that she mixes her emerald cut beauty with a Cartier trinity band because I think matchy matchy wedding sets are little tired and bonus I think I have met my match for OCD diamond cleanliness. Now I dug in I expected a great story but this engagement ring expose delivered above and beyond - it is a must read.
Let’s start at the beginning — what is your proposal story?
After a whirlwind 8 months of dating, my husband proposed to me on a surprise photoshoot while we were on vacation. We were at Point Lobos Natural Reserve, enjoying the sunset at the cliffs overlooking the ocean when he proposed. I heard, “You know I love you so much, right?” and didn’t hear the rest of his speech because I started nervous laughing! My laughing was such a distraction for him that he never took out the ring to ask me those four special words. I kept laughing… hard… and he had to ask me for my formal response… which made me laugh harder. And I responded with, “no shit, Sherlock!” Now those words are forever engraved in his wedding band.
What are the specs on your ring?
Emmaline is a 4.08 carat antique emerald cut in its original platinum setting with tapered baguettes on each side.
What is your favorite thing about your ring?
Actually, the carat weight! We had our first kiss on April 8, 2015, and it’s 4.08 carats so I definitely feel it’s kismet there.
What is your favorite way to take care of your ring?
Oh my God, I am embarrassed to even admit my crazy. I am absolutely OCD about clean diamonds. I lecture my loved ones that they might as well wear plastic costume jewelry if they’re going to let their diamonds get dull and crusty. I am known to confiscate my friends’ and family’s rings to give them proper baths. I soak my ring in hot water with grease cutting dish-washing soap for a few minutes, then scrub with a toothbrush and a tiny paint brush underneath and in between every gap. Since I photograph my ring and see it magnified often, I also don’t like any smudges or watermarks. I rinse it off in distilled water and use a hair dryer to blast all the water droplets off.
We love the combo of your ring + wedding band — how did you choose your wedding band?
Thank you! My wedding band is the Trinity de Cartier rolling ring in a combination of white, yellow, and rose gold. I scoured the internet, forums, and jewelry friends for help in figuring out a wedding band that would sit properly next to my engagement ring. For some reason, the classic tapered side-stone solitaire rings are very difficult to match with. Nothing was sitting next to it properly, so I decided to step away from trying to be matchy-matchy. I think the representation of the three rings being the past, present, and future also tugged on my heart strings. I’m always about appreciating symbolism.
You can find Vivian blog at thejeweldiary.com.