The Beauty Of Asscher Cut Engagement Rings
Asscher cut engagement rings have risen to popularity partly because of a rising interest in engagement ring diamonds with a square shape appeal but mostly because the Asscher cut addresses one of the chief problems associated with the traditional emerald cut diamond.
That being its lackluster performance in the brilliance department when compared to other brilliant square cuts like the cushion and princess.
Compared to an emerald cut , the asscher has a smaller table, deeper pavilion, steeper crown and corners that are cut a bit wider.With its 72 step facets it is cut and fashioned to draw your eye into the center of the diamond.
These differences contribute to the asschers stunning ability to shine and sparkle to the level of most brilliant cut diamonds while at the same time retaining the elegance of line typical of step cut diamonds with their long parallel facets on both crown and pavilion.
Many women when encountering an Asscher cut for the first time are struck by its combination of refinement and brilliance that sets it apart from other oblong and square diamond cuts in the traditional vein.
The Origins Of the Asscher Cut Diamond
The name Asscher comes from of course The Royal Asscher diamond Company started in the 1850s by Isaac Joseph Asscher and succeeded by his sons Joseph and Abraham.
In the early 1900s, the elder son Joseph was responsible for cleaving the largest rough diamond the world has known the Cullinan.
This diamond which weighed over three thousand carats in the rough and is pictured cut to the right as it exists today in the Crown Jewels of The Queen of England.
Thus was born the legendary house of Asscher responsible for cleaving some of the largest pieces of diamond rough ever discovered as well as pioneering the proprietary asscher cut.
Why Asscher Cut Diamonds Are So Special
Asscher cut diamond engagement rings are considered special by their owners because of their refined aesthetic and their allure as a modern looking diamond cut but with a distinctive handcrafted aura and quality.
Many women find this craftsmanship quality lacking in regular diamond cuts like the round brilliant which many brides to be feel is too mathematical and precise and lacking in elegance.
The cut is also a favorite of celebrities for their engagement rings.
Reese Witherspoon received a D Color 4.5 carat Asscher cut diamond engagement ring from Ryan Phillips back in 1998 (pictured above) and don’t forget Kate Hudson’s 5 carat E color Asscher cut engagement ring in an art deco style mounting from 2000.
Vintage asscher cut engagement rings commonly refer to diamonds actually cut by the family up till the 1930’s.
These estate pieces are quite rare and hard to find and it is mostly celebrities who are willing to pay top dollar for an original Asscher cut diamond from back in the day.
These rings are also referred to as Asscher cut antique engagement rings even though they may not be quite a hundred years old yet since the Asscher company only started the cut around 1910.
Scintillation and Brilliance in an Asscher Cut
Asscher cut diamonds go well with many different types of setting from vintage looking mounting styles from the art deco and Edwardian periods all the way to modern platinum tension settings.
Check out Kate Hudson's Asscher engagement ring to the right when she got it in 2000.
An Asscher cut diamond engagement ring will always have that classic look about it no matter how contemporary the setting because the cut is so different from all other diamond cuts.
It is an eight sided step cut with a distinctive square shape appeal and when you look through the crown you feel like you are looking very deep into the stone, much more so than with a traditional emarld cut diamond.
This is due to the extra depth of the pavilion and the extra step facets on the pavilion and crown. These extra facets give this cut much more scintillation than an emerald cut and is decidedly different looking from the brilliance coming from a typical round or square brilliant diamond because you get the broad flashes of light from the rectangular facets.
The Best Side Stones For An Asscher Cut Engagement Ring
Solitaire Asscher cut diamond engagement rings are my favorite. I think an Asscher has that quality and ability to stand on its own without any help from side stones apart from small 1 point accent diamonds in a channel or pave setting going down the shoulder.
If you decide that you must have the framework of a matched diamond pair next to the asscher center diamond then trapezoid cuts would be my choice as the type of side diamond that takes away the least from the Asscher’s thunder.
You can even have the trapezoids taper off into a matched pair of bullet shaped diamonds like this ring to the right and this will still look very complete while allowing the center diamond to be the star. Trillant side diamonds on the other hand look atrocious as do half moons beside the Asscher.
I think any brilliant cut diamond next to an Asscher will not only take away from the center diamond but also give the entire engagement ring an awkward look because the combination of brillianteered diamonds next to an Asscher is simply too jarring.
I think you can perhaps get away with trilliants on the side of a classic emerald cut because it has a more oblong shape appeal and is not so decidedly intense about its identity as a pure step cut diamond.
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