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Asscher cuts look similar to emerald shapes but are more square-shaped rather than rectangular. Asscher cuts are sophisticated, square-shaped diamond cuts with X-shaped facets that run from their corners to their center culet. This style of diamond has a vintage flair and gives a subtle, soft glow. They feature step-cut facets like an emerald-cut diamond, giving a different type of sparkle with light bouncing off each parallel cut. The shape symbolizes vintage glamour and has an Art Deco vibe.
So, where did this type of cut come from? Asscher cut diamonds get their name from the Royal Asscher Diamond Company, which was a jewel company in the Netherlands. The Asscher cut was created in 1902 to retain carat weight and featured 58 step-cut facets. When the patent expired in the 1940s, other jewelers were allowed to use this cut.
In 1999, the Royal Asscher Cut debuted as a variation of the original Asscher cut. It was designed as a tribute to the original, but also made a few upgrades. The updated design included eight additional facets to each diamond half (so an additional 16 facets), which added more brilliance. The updated design also features narrower facets than the original Asscher.
At first glance, some confuse Asscher diamonds with princess cut diamonds because they both have square shapes. However, if you look closer, you’ll see the precise step cuts in Asscher cuts. They also have cropped corners, unlike princess diamonds. Other folks might confuse square-shaped emerald cut diamonds with Asschers, but these two are also different. Emerald cut diamonds have their corners pointed or slightly clipped, and Asscher cut diamonds are squares with cut corners nearly resembling an octagon. It’s also important to note that Asscher cuts are rare – generally, only 2% of the diamonds cut are Asscher cuts.
Now that you know the ins and outs of the cut, let’s see how this gorgeous cut is used in engagement rings. Asscher cuts have a vintage look, so they fit well in any setting with a vintage feel. With Clarity has nearly 100 dazzling settings for Asscher stones that vary from simple to intricate. Asscher cuts are eye-catching, so they look great when they’re the focal point of the ring, such as a three-stone ring, a pavé band, or a split shank. Asscher center stones also look stunning when paired with baguette side stones because of the step-cut variations. Once you select the perfect setting, you can choose your favorite metal (platinum, 14K, or 18K yellow, rose, or white gold). Finally, select a stunning Asscher to complete your ring and prepare to be wowed.
How did the Asscher cut diamond originate?
The Asscher cut originated in 1902 from the Royal Asscher Diamond Company, and was designed to keep as much of the carat weight as the diamond was cut. Other jewelers began using the cut once the patent expired in the 1940s. In 1999, the Royal Asscher debuted as a nod to the previous Asscher cut. It added 16 facets and made all of the facets narrower.
What kind of settings complement Asscher cut diamonds?
Asscher diamonds look amazing in a variety of settings. Some popular styles include halo, three-stone rings, and settings with a vintage feel. You can’t go wrong seeing a classic solitaire with an Asscher lab diamond as the focal point or even a pavé band if you’re looking for additional sparkle.
Are Asscher cut diamonds suitable for lab grown diamond engagement rings?
Asscher cut diamonds look spectacular with lab grown diamond engagement rings. You can’t tell the difference between lab grown and natural diamonds with your naked eye, so all the diamonds in your ring will glitter and shine. The type of diamonds you choose comes down to your personal preferences – all types of diamonds are durable, strong, and beautiful.
Can an Asscher cut diamond be re-cut?
If a diamond is damaged, a cutter can re-cut it. It depends on how big the stone is originally. It’s important to remember that Asscher is a step cut for the re-cutting process and would likely not be able to transform into a radiant cut without losing a lot of carat weight. For specific re-cutting questions, reach out to a professional jeweler.
What is the difference between an Asscher cut and a square emerald cut?
Emerald and Asscher cut diamonds are both step-cut diamonds, so they have rectangular facets. However, emerald cut diamonds have their corners either slightly pointed or clipped and Asscher cut diamonds are squares with cut corners that look like an octagon.
Are there recommended color and clarity grades for Asscher cut diamonds?
The plain, broad, parallel facets on an Asscher cut let you peer into the stone, which means you can clearly see the clarity and color. It’s recommended to look for a VS2 clarity and a diamond color of at least I or better.