Due to its classic look and timeless appeal, Asscher Cut Diamond is one of the world’s most popular diamond cuts for engagement rings. It is also one of the most affordable types of diamond cuts available today, making it an excellent choice for people who want to buy a diamond ring without spending too much money. So what is an Asscher Cut Diamond? Let’s find out.
Asscher Cut Diamond Definition
The Asscher cut diamond is a brilliant-cut stone that has an octagonal shape with four flat sides and eight rounded corners. The corners can be chamfered or un-chamfered, depending on the design. The octagonal shape of an Asscher cut diamond makes it look bigger than other round brilliant cuts, like the traditional round brilliant and baguette.
History Of Asscher Cut Diamond
The Asscher cut was created by Joseph Asscher in 1902. Its name comes from the fact that it was patented by the Asscher family, who owned the largest diamond firm in Europe at the time, the Asscher Royal Diamond Company. It became more famous during the Art Deco era of the 1920s. Today, the Asscher cut diamond is one of the most popular cuts of diamonds that you can buy.
Types of Asscher Cut Diamond
There are two types of Asscher Cut Diamonds which include:
1. The Standard Asscher Cut
The Standard Asscher Cut is the original design for this shape of the diamond. It has 58 facets. It is a trendy cut because it has excellent brilliance, sparkle, and fire for a square shape.
2. The Royal Asscher Cut
The Royal Asscher Cut was designed by Joseph’s son Alfred who wanted to create an even better-looking square shape than his father’s design. The new design has 74 facets that give it more sparkle than the original design while maintaining its classic look.
Characteristics of Asscher Cut Diamond
The characteristics of an Asscher Cut Diamond are:
- Square shape with equal length and width ratio.
- The corners are sharp, making them more brilliant than an emerald-cut diamond.
- The Asscher cut diamond has 56 facets on its crown and 58 facets on its pavilion.
- Excellent transparency (clarity). It has greater brilliance than other cuts such as round, radiant, or marquise shapes.
Choosing the Perfect Asscher Cut Diamond
When choosing an Asscher Cut Diamond for your engagement ring, you must consider the following factors:
Color: Look for color grades D-F on the GIA grading scale. While the colorless grade of this shape can be beautiful, more variety is available in the range between D-F. The lower grades will have more visible yellow tinting, while higher grades will display more fire and brilliance.
Clarity: Be conscious and don’t choose anything less than VS1 or VS2 grading. Lower gradings would enable inclusions. Any Asscher Cut Diamond with a carat weight of 1.5 and more would benefit from a VS1 grading or higher.
Carat: Asscher Cut Diamonds have a more even carat weight distribution around the belly or center of the stone. As a result, they appear smaller than round cut diamonds with the same carat weight. Since the size looks smaller, Asscher Cut Diamond could not be as expensive.
Care and Maintenance for Asscher Cut Diamond
To clean an Asscher cut diamond, use a soft cloth with soapy water or a diluted detergent. It ensures no impurities and that the diamond is sparkling before placing it in your jewelry box. You should also store the diamond in its slot, away from other stones. Since this type of diamond has sharp corners, you should avoid using harsh chemicals or ultrasonic cleaners when cleaning it. You should also avoid exposing it to heat as it can get damaged.
Pros and Cons of Asscher Cut Diamonds
The main benefit of an Asscher cut diamond is that it’s bright and sparkly but not too flashy. That means it’s perfect for everyday wear as well as formal occasions! However, its disadvantage is that they tend to be more expensive than other shapes due to their rarity and quality.
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