If you like vintage diamonds, you’ll like Asscher cuts. Asscher diamonds are square with cut off corners. They look similar to the emerald cut, but are shorter and shinier. Asscher cut diamonds are a wonderful style for an engagement ring, but there are some things you should keep in mind before purchasing one.
What exactly is an Asscher cut diamond?
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) says that the lovely square nature of Asscher diamonds “retain a classic appearance,” have “a better balance of scintillation (shine)” and still possess “a quieter aesthetic than a modern brilliant style cut.” Asscher diamonds have at least fifty-eight facets that are made up of three top and bottom sections. The beautiful cubic design was made by a gentleman named Jospeh Asscher in 1902. The cut gained public attention nearly twenty years later during the Art-Deco Era, a period that emphasized the look of parallel lines on geometric shapes. Asscher cut engagement rings are beautiful, and there are many sound arguments about why your wedding ring should have one.
Pros and cons
Let’s address the obvious pro: they’re goregeous! Also, their cube shape will make your ring stand out among the typical round cuts. Diamond Pros also appreciates the asscher diamond look, but says it requires maintainance, especially if the Asscher cut is genuine vintage. If the stone is old, you’ll need to clean it more and make sure it stays on your ring. All this effort takes time and money, but it may be worth it. Before you maintain your rings, you have to know how to buy the perfect one.
How to shop for Asscher cuts
Always refer to the GIA’s four C’s of diamond quality: cut grade, color grade, clarity grade, and carat weight. Get a diamond that ranks high on all these categories. The International Gem Society (IGS) loves a good step-cut diamond, but there is a way to screw up the style. IGS says that a a common way to ruin a step cut is to botch the reflection. A sloppy step cut will be dark in the areas that are supposed to be shiny and reflective. If you see black, send it back! Uneven edges are another sign of lazy cutting, so make sure that you can count eight facets that meet in the ring’s center. The IGS also says to get Asscher diamonds with depth percentages under seventy. The deeper a stone is, the smaller it looks. The table (defined as “the large facet on top of the diamond that provides a window into the stone”) should measure under sixty-nine percent since big tables may affect the stone’s ability to stay on a ring.
Asscher style diamond have been around for over a century, but is a cut that remains ageless. The soft, square shape will look great on any finger. As breathtaking as Asschers are, there are some low quality ones with abysmal four C scores. However, don’t let that discourage you; there is no shortage of quality Asscher cuts available for your purchase.