What is Asscher Cut Diamond?
The asscher cut diamond, also known as a square emerald cut, is a little hidden secret of the diamond world. The asscher cut diamond originates from a renowned company known as the Asccher Diamond Company (ADC) which is now known as the Royal Asscher. Previously, the asscher cut diamond was an exclusive cut only available through ADC, but this secret cut then became available to the widespread diamond market after WWII when the patent was sold.
Asscher cut diamonds are new to the diamond market and today represent only 2% of diamonds produced – it is no wonder many people have not heard of this exclusive cut!
In 1854, the Asscher’s established their family business and by 1902, Joseph Asscher invented the asscher cut. Born through 6 generations of craft and artistry and decades of family innovation, the new asscher cut diamond was patented to ensure exclusivity to the company.
In that same year, the 3,106ct Cullinan diamond, the largest rough diamond discovered, was gifted to King Edward VII who commissioned the Amsterdam based Asscher brothers to cut it. This assignment created immense publicity for the Asscher family and resulted in them cutting some of the biggest diamonds in the world, now worn by royals and celebrities.
The elite asscher cut diamond was released into the diamond industry at the end of WWII when the patent was sold. It then became highly desirable, particularly during the 1920’s Art Deco period.
This illustration shows the different views of an asscher cut diamond.
The asscher cut diamond is also known as square emerald cut as it looks exactly like a square version of the emerald cut. The difference is the slightly rounded corners that create a very distinctive windmill pattern in the facets.
The facet placement of an asscher cut’s 58 facets is so intricate as they run parallel to the girdle, creating a hypnotic “hall of mirrors” effect which is completely mesmerising! When light bounces throughout an asscher cut diamond, it emits a brilliance that is incomparable to other diamond cuts.
The asscher cut diamond holds a lot of its carat weight below the girdle and has a small surface area designed to accentuate the diamond's quality rather than its size. When selecting your asscher cut diamond, it is important to note the number of step cuts on the crown of the diamond – three is the standard number, however it is occasionally cut with four to retain more of the diamond rough, resulting in a larger carat weight.
When selecting an engagement ring, it is important to consider the craftsmanship of not only the ring but the diamond itself. This can make a considerable difference in the light performance and quality of the diamond regardless of the 4 C’s gradings.
Asscher cut diamonds are a mesmerising and modern cut that is most seen in art deco engagement ring designs however suitable in any style of setting. It's high return of light and unique sparkle is complemented by the perfect Janai engagement ring.
At Janai, we will take the utmost care to provide you the knowledge to confidently select a diamond with premium craftsmanship, but also the promise of flawless aftercare service including lifetime complimentary cleaning and inspection.
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