There are many different cuts available when it comes to diamonds. The cut is one of the all-important 4 C’s (clarity, color, carat and cut.) Examples of different diamond cuts include round, emerald, marquise, princess and Asscher. This cut is named after the Royal Asscher Diamond Company who created it. Created by Joseph Asscher, this cut was a hallmark of the Art Deco style but is highly popular today. If you’re shopping for earrings consider a pair of Asscher cut diamond earrings, which will become a treasured part of your jewelry collection and possibly a family heirloom as well.
The shape of this diamond is square, but the corners are deeply cut which gives the stone almost an octagon appearance. The stone feature multiple steps and is sometimes referred to as the square emerald cut. It is similar to a cushion cut diamond also. Unlike step cut emerald stones, the Asscher cut has a more fiery and dazzling look due to the number and positioning of the step cuts. This cut is patented, so if you buy Asscher cut diamond earrings make sure your jeweler shows you proof of authenticity such as the official insignia and identification number.
Most Asscher diamonds are held in a prong setting. Many are smaller than other cuts because a stone too large detracts from the unique beauty of this cut. You can go for earrings as small as a quarter carat, half carat, three-fourths carat or even a whole carat depending on your budget and what is most flattering to your face. Most women can carry off any size, just beware of carat weights that are excessively large as the earrings may look gaudy. No matter what your hairstyle or color Asscher cut diamond earrings are going to look gorgeous, and are appropriate for every day and every event.
Be prepared to pay more for the Asscher cut than for other cuts of comparable size, color and clarity. One reason for this is because of the unique design, and the high-end company from which this cut originates. Many celebrities adore the Asscher cut and choose it for earrings and diamond engagement rings. You don’t have to be a star to wear this type of diamond, however. You may just have to settle for a smaller carat weight and do some comparison shopping to get the best price. In some cases buying pre-owned diamond jewelry from eBay or the classifieds can save you a fortune.
Once you have chosen Asscher cut diamond earrings as your preference, the next step is deciding what precious metal you want for the setting. Sterling silver is nice but not nearly up to par with the Asscher diamond. Platinum or gold are recommended. Platinum is heavy, hard and stunningly beautiful, it goes very well with the brilliant flash of the diamonds. It is also more expensive than gold. Gold is a good choice, you may not want 24 karats because it is softer than the other types of gold that are mixed with metals. 18K and 14k gold are ideal for diamonds. You can go for white gold which mimics a platinum look, or choose the traditional yellow gold.
One thing is for certain, whether you are choosing a gift for a special someone or treating yourself to a luxury item, you cannot go wrong with Asscher cut diamond earrings. They are not only beautiful but may be an investment piece as well. At the least, they are likely to be the favorite item in one’s jewelry box, earrings that are worn every day with pride.
If you are interested in jewelry making and want to stay up to date on the latest trends, you should be aware of the different types of glass beads. For example, Czech and Austrian glass is very popular for its beauty and quality. There are so many different colors of glass, from clear to every color of the rainbow and beyond. Glass pearl beads are popular and can give any piece of handmade jewelry something special. They look just like real pearls but are far less expensive and come in so many gorgeous shades. They are opaque and pearlescent, but rather than being solid pearls they are glass. There are many applications for glass pearl beads, they can be used on rosaries, necklaces, bracelets, anklets and more. As mentioned earlier they have benefits because they are cheaper than real pearls and come in more colors and sizes. And, you don’t have to be a jewelry maker to appreciate the price and versatility of these beads. Jewelry shoppers can also take good advantage of the wide range of glass bead jewelry available. Most often, you will find beads of this type incorporated into silver jewelry pieces. Sterling silver is a perfect accompaniment to art glass because silver is beautiful and durable, yet not too extravagant. In order for a piece of jewelry to be called sterling, it must contain a minimum of 92.5 percent pure silver. The reason pure silver is not used on its own is because it is too soft and would be easily damaged. Also, pure silver is nearly impossible to shape and mold. Other metals are added for durability and malleability. This is also the case with gold, however gold is more expensive than silver and comes in different karats, which refers to how much gold is in a piece of jewelry. Glass pearl beads are also often seen strung together like strands of pearls, on flexible elastic string or wire. These strands can be long or short, depending on your preferred style. The choker style necklace is popular if you want a gothic, Victorian look. Chokers are best work with open necklines to highlight the cleavage. Long necklaces are trendy and fashion forward, you will see celebrities in magazines wearing strands that almost reach their waist. You may prefer something in the middle of these two extremes, or even a sophisticated multi-length look that features several strands worn together. Because glass pearl beads do come in every color imaginable, you can have a strand for every outfit and other accessories to match. Whether or not to mix different colored strands is up to you, of course it matters what you are wearing. You don’t want your necklace to clash with your outfit, however if you are wearing something neutral or something that features a few key shades you can pull off wearing more than one color of pearl beads. One thing you’ll love about these beads is that without close inspection, no one will realize they are not actually pearls. With the popularity of artisan glass and crystal being made into jewelry, you should have no problem finding jewelry made with glass pearl beads. If your local jewelry store doesn’t have the item you want, consider getting creative and making it yourself. Or, check the Internet as there are many independent jewelry makers who use glass beads in their one of a kind creations.