The cut of a diamond is exactly what determines its splendor and shine. A well-cut diamond is going to take full advantage of certain pavilion angles with finely-detailed cuts which will brilliantly reflect light off the surface of the diamond. This is what gives it the tell-tale sign of a quality cut diamond. A poorly cut diamond does the opposite and actually defuses the light or absorbs it so much so that a bad cut can reduce the quality and value of the stone. The cut of a diamond is graded on a scale cover anything from Ideal to Poor. Though the shape and cut of a diamond are matched to each other the shape refers to the exact shape of the finished stone rather than saying the cut refers to it. Also, man diamond cutters say that an uncut diamond may be better to use for specific shapes if the shape and cut of a diamond work together with the diamond’s natural characteristics. A cut diamond comes in many shapes, but the most prevalent cuts are Round, Princess, Emerald, Oval, Radiant, Marquise and Asscher.
The Asscher cut diamonds are uniquely shaped diamonds that are very similar to the Emerald cut diamonds. However, the length to width ratio makes it a nearly perfectly square. A diamond cutter by the name of Joseph Asscher is the man who developed the Asscher cut. He was commissioned by the Royal Family in 1902 to cut the then world’s largest diamond. It was the 3.105 carat Cullinan Diamond which still remains with the British crown jewels. After he developed the Asscher cut it then became very popular and peaked in popularity in 2001. But now it has since been revitalized and is one of the most popular cuts today as testified to the fact that the Asscher cut diamonds are in extremely high demand.
The Asscher cut is patented and any authentic Asscher cut diamond will have the Asscher family insignia inscribed on it. The Asscher cut diamonds also have their own identification number on each diamond. These inscriptions are only visible through high magnification and in no way mar the diamond. Any knowledgeable jeweler will help you verify an Asscher cut diamond when you take one to him. As stated above, these cut diamonds have a square shape but what also makes it unique is that it has deeply trimmed corners that make it look like an octagon. A series of parallel steps are followed to give it its famous ‘hall of mirrors’ effect when you look deeply into such a cut diamond. Sometimes the Asscher cut can be called a “square emerald” or “modified cushion” cut.
If you are shopping for an Asscher cut diamond engagement ring the most common ones will have a four-prong setting. The four-prong setting will elevate the diamond so that it will attract more light and make it shine with all its brilliance. When looking at a diamond engagement ring with a four-pronged setting like this just make sure you don’t get one with prongs that hide any part of the Asscher cut diamond’s corners. You can find some stunningly beautiful Asscher cut diamond engagement rings in new pave settings. These are the rings that are encrusted with diamonds down the ring shank. The pave setting is perfect to pair with the rare beauty of an Asshcer cut diamond. You will also find these rings with other accent stones that lie against the flat sides of the center Asscher cut diamond. However, one solitaire Asscher cut diamond is also stunning on its own. You will find that a lot of celebrities choose this cut and have been responsible for making it so popular once again.
Just look for a high-quality jeweler and you’ll be sure to find a choice selection of Asscher cut diamonds. Any quality jeweler will have several styles to choose from. The Asscher cut diamond rings have proven to be durable as well as timeless. When buying any engagement ring you should consider both the shape of the recipient’s hands and fingers as well as the style of wedding band that will be accompanying the ring. Be sure you buy from a reputable jeweler who has a return policy and give a certification with their rings.