Asscher Cut Engagement Rings
by Sara Gibson
May 25, 2018 / Diamond Education
Asscher cuts, like Emerald cuts, are a step cut that offers sparkle and shimmer for those that love square shapes.
The Asscher cut was designed at the beginning of the 20th century in 1902 and reached its height of popularity during the Art Deco period, becoming the diamond shape that epitomises this time. With its strong crisp lines and signature cropped corners, it was the natural and perfectly suited choice for so many designs of this time.
The difference between the Emerald cut and an Asscher cut diamond…
The Asscher cut is for those that love sleek geometric designs, a distinctively different look to the popular round brilliant design. Being in the family of step cuts, it is typically compared to an Emerald cut with the difference being that an emerald cut is rectangular and Asscher cut is more square. The other main difference between the two is the back of the stone. The emerald has facets that step down the back of the stone meeting in a line or ridge whereas the back of the Asscher cut comes to a single point which creates an “x” when looking down at the table of the diamond.
Which famous hands have been adorned with Asscher cut diamonds?
Stars in recent years who have received stunning Asscher cut rings include Pippa Middleton, Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow. But before these famous ladies, Elizabeth Taylor received one of the biggest Asscher cut diamond rings. The famous Elizabeth Taylor (formerly Krupp) Asscher cut diamond ring is a 33-carat diamond ring that was gifted to Elizabeth by Richard Burton. Renowned for her exquisite jewellery collection, Elizabeth was quoted as saying that this piece was her favourite. Following Taylor’s death in 2011 this famous ring was sold for a remarkable $9 million.
Asscher cut diamonds look stunning when set in a modern solitaire design and for those that love the Art Deco era, then this diamond shape should be at the top of your list. See below for some of our favourite Asscher cut diamond rings:
The ‘Taylor-Krupp’ Asscher cut diamond