What Is an Asscher Cut Diamond?

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Although it was first introduced in 1902, the Asscher cut did not become popular until the 1920s. It was created by the Asscher Brothers of Holland’s Asscher Diamond Company (now the Royal Asscher Diamond Company), who, at the time, were famous for cutting a 3,106 carat rough diamond. For decades after the Great Depression, Asscher cuts were primarily found in vintage jewelry stores, but the shape surged in popularity again during the early 2000s.

Asscher Cut Diamond Shape

Asscher cuts look similar to emerald cuts with the most obvious difference being that they are square, as opposed to rectangular. This cut features large step facets and a high crown that produces a brilliance unlike any other diamond shape. In fact, diamond experts often refer to the shine and sparkle of an Asscher cut diamond as an endless hallway with reflective mirrors.

Although the Asscher cut is known as a square shape, it is actually somewhat octagonal since all four corners are cropped. However, these cropped corners are not noticeable once the diamond is mounted into a four-prong setting, unlike a true octagon.

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Shopping For An Asscher Cut Diamond

If your heart is set on an Asscher cut diamond ring, there are a few things you should keep in mind about the color and clarity. The table of the stone is flat and offers an unobstructed view into the center of the stone, making inclusions quite obvious to the naked eye. Because of this, it is recommended that you consider purchasing a stone with a clarity grade of at least VS2. Although you can easily go lower on the clarity scale for other cuts, it’s important to go a tad higher on step cuts like the Asscher.

Choosing a color is really all about your preference. The step facets make it easier to see color in Asscher cut diamonds, especially if the diamond is above 1.5-2.0 carats. Many diamond experts suggest sticking to an I color for Asscher diamonds. This grade will give you a beautiful color without breaking the bank, so it’s the perfect compromise for this cut.

Asscher Cut Diamond Settings

This versatile cut is a great addition to any type of jewelry, and can complement a number of different settings. Asscher cut diamonds are often described as architectural and naturally tend to the Art Deco style of the Roaring Twenties in which they gained their popularity. These diamonds look breathtaking in vintage-inspired ring settings with intricate detailing and clean lines.

Because this cut is not as brilliant as other diamond shapes, it also works well with a halo setting that can be used to add extra sparkle and shine to the center stone. Pair this with an eternity wedding band for the wedding ring set of your dreams. Besides engagement rings, Asscher cut diamonds are often used in stud earrings and tennis bracelets.

Regardless of how you decide to wear it, an Asscher cut diamond will speak volumes about who you are. These diamonds symbolize elegance and class, and are a great choice for women who love the look of emerald cuts but want a square shape.

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