Essentially a blend of the princess and emerald cuts, Asscher cut diamonds have brilliant faceting with X-shaped facets that go from the corners to the center cutlet. The cut features a flat table, big step facets, near-perfect symmetry, and a high crown with truncated corners that technically make Asscher cut gemstones an octagon, but they appear more like squares when the stone is set.
With its visual appeal, clean balance, and Art Deco style, this cut is perfect for those looking to add some vintage elegance to their jewelry collection. Asscher cut diamonds are also ideal for showcasing the clarity of the stone. This vintage elegance has been seen on the fingers of numerous Hollywood types and celebrities – Elizabeth Taylor, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Ashlee Simpson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Pippa Middleton, Kate Bosworth and more have all donned exquisite rings with Asscher cut gemstones.
The history of the Asscher Cut diamond dates as far back as the early 20th century and is one of the most popular vintage cuts today, over 100 years later. Asscher Cut diamonds were created in 1902 by the Asscher brothers – hence the name – of the then Asscher Diamond Company. Today, the company is known as the Royal Asscher Diamond Company and Asscher cut diamonds are amongst the most popular cuts, but it didn’t start out that way. The cut didn’t gain popularity until the 1920s and after the Great Depression Asscher cut gemstones were primarily found in vintage jewelry stores. It wasn’t until the turn of the 21st century in the early 2000s when the cut became popular again.
Like all diamond cuts, the Asscher cut comes with a variety of pros and cons that need to be considered before deciding if the Asscher cut is right for you. Many who get an Asscher cut diamond engagement ring do so because there are no sharp edges that make the ring work-friendly, especially for those working in an environment where they may be continuously banging into things like a kitchen. The vintage elegance also makes the cut uniquely styled which could be a plus for those with a unique or vintage style and a con for those who prefer more modern or contemporary styles. If you typically gravitate towards gemstones rather than diamonds, Asscher cut gemstones make a stunning addition to your jewelry box. The Asscher cut brings out the brilliance of precious stones with fine clarity and allows their natural color and beauty to shine. Aquamarines, rubies, and sapphires typically look the best with this cut.
However, the biggest drawback of Asscher cut diamonds and gemstones is their tendency to show blemishes and inclusions. The cut of the stone makes it so any inclusions (flaws within the gem), no matter how small, are highlighted. Smaller imperfections and blemishes which wouldn’t be seen in brilliant cuts will be apparent in the Asscher cut. The Asscher cut is also extremely complicated, making it important to get an Asscher cut diamond or gemstone from a master cutter with years of experience, or else you could end up with a stone that doesn’t have the scintillation and brilliance that make the cut so exceptional. Ultimately though, weighing these pros and cons is up to you and if you decide Asscher cut diamonds or gemstones are right for you, Revolution Jewelry Works can help you design the ring of your dreams while staying within your budget.
As your local custom jewelry design studio, Revolution Jewelry Works can turn your vision into a stunning reality. Our experts will help you create the design of your dreams in a wide variety of brilliant materials and can create an interactive 3D model so you can visualize it digitally before it’s cast, ensuring the finished product will be exactly as you imagined it. To get started, fill out our contact form or visit us in-store.