How Much Do Diamond Asscher Engagement Rings Cost?

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Individuals who pick Asscher cut diamonds for their engagement ring centerpiece stones are often drawn to the diamond’s vintage appeal and antique charm. Diamond Asscher engagement rings feature sleek and sophisticated step-cut facets that make them the ideal choice for Art Deco and Victorian inspired settings. While the Asscher cut isn’t known for extreme fire and brilliance, the cut remains popular for its aristocratic aesthetic.

While the look of the Asscher exudes opulence, the cut isn’t necessarily more expensive than other diamond shapes. However, the Asscher’s distinct cut and shape require the buyer to carefully consider and prioritize each of the 4 Cs and understand how they each influence the look and beauty of this unique diamond.

Cut of an Asscher

The depth of the Asscher diamond affects how light is reflected within the stone. The minimum depth grade buyers should accept for an Asscher diamond is “good” (a depth percentage between 57 and 75%). If you don’t buy the proper depth, the radiance of the diamond will be remarkably reduced.

Proportions also prominently play into how the Asscher cut measures up. Buyers often confuse an Asscher for an Emerald shaped diamond, but don’t be fooled. These two diamonds are very different. An Asscher diamond should be a nearly perfect square, so look for a 1:1.05 length to width ratio. If you invest in an Asscher with poor dimensions, your Asscher diamond could look more like an off-kilter Emerald.

Cut of an Asscher

Color of an Asscher

Hints of yellow are often much more conspicuous in step-facet cut diamonds than in brilliant cuts. Buyers should invest in a high color grade for a whiter and brighter diamond Asscher.

However, if the budget absolutely necessitates cutting the cost for color, you may hide warmer hued diamonds by setting them in yellow gold or rose gold bands.

Color of an Asscher

Carat of an Asscher

Of all the 4Cs, carat is the least important for capturing the beauty of the Asscher cut. Loose Asscher stones are available in sizes ranging from 0.30 to 20+ carats. Solitaire Asschers look lovely in all sizes, and their square shape often makes them appear larger than the carat size suggests.

When investing in an Asscher, carat size should be the first ‘C’ that a buyer sacrifices for budget issues. It’s a much smarter investment to purchase a smaller, high-grade Asscher stone than to opt for a massive, low-grade stone. To make smaller stones appear larger, buyers can add a diamond or gemstone halo or additional side stones.

Carat of an Asscher

Clarity of an Asscher

Step-facet cuts are also notorious for magnifying imperfections. For this reason, clarity grade is extremely important when selecting a diamond Asscher engagement ring. Diamonds with a clarity grade of SI (slightly included) or lower will have flaws that are easily recognizable within the diamond’s steps. Select at least a VS2 or higher for clarity. Sacrifice color and carat before you even consider opting for a low-grade clarity.

Clarity of an Asscher

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While Asscher cut diamonds are not necessarily more expensive than other diamond shapes, they do require buyers to understand how the 4Cs affect the beauty of their stone. Low grades for cut and clarity greatly reduce the sleek elegance of the shape; visible flaws detract from the appearance and poor cuts limit how light dances within the stone.

Buyers can choose to sacrifice color grades by masking warmer hued Asschers in yellow or rose gold. For extremely budget-conscious shoppers, carat should be the first ‘C’ to be sacrificed for the Asscher centerpiece. There are ways to make a smaller Asscher appear bigger, but buyers can never mask a poor cut or messy clarity. With the Asscher, diamond knowledge and education will lead to a smarter investment with greater Brilliance.

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