Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

June 18, 2010 / Diamond Education, Engagement Rings

This beautifully unique shape is nearly identical to the emerald cut, except that it is square.  Also, this shape has a pavilion that is cut with rectangular facets in the same style as the emerald cut.

The Asscher cut diamond was developed in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland and became very popular in the 1920s.

With deeply angled corners and remarkable depth, Asscher cut engagement rings are stunningly beautiful alternatives to more traditional emerald or princess cut rings.  From vintage rings to modern stones, an Asscher diamonds makes a sophisticated statement about the bride’s individuality and personality, and the timeless cut is sure to remain an elegant gem for many years.

The Asscher stone’s distinctive shape – square with deeply trimmed corners resembling an octagon – is sometimes called the square emerald cut, and is also a type of modified cushion cut.  An Asscher stone is cut with a series of many parallel steps, creating a hall-of-mirrors effect when looking deeply into the stone.

Because step cuts allow more depth of the diamond to be seen, precise cutting is extremely vital for a quality Asscher diamond.  As with emerald cuts, flaws and inclusions can be easily seen and it is important to choose a quality stone.  Furthermore, colour is an important consideration because it may be more visible at the stone’s wide corners.

Because such high quality is necessary, however, many Asscher diamonds tend to be smaller than easier cuts.  For couples interested in a large diamond for their engagement ring, an Asscher cut is not the most economical choice.  On the other hand, the uniqueness and intricacy of the cut can outweigh the stone’s size by providing a truly exceptional look, even with a smaller stone.

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