Engagement Rings – The Asscher Cut Diamond
If you like the vintage style of the step cut emerald diamond and the square shape of the princess cut diamond, the Asscher cut diamond just might be for you. The shape and cut is absolutely stunning set in an engagement ring with either a solitaire setting or a setting with small diamonds set on the shoulder.
About the Asscher Cut Diamond
The cut was developed in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland who became two of the most prodigious diamond experts of the 20th century. Although the diamond is square, it actually has eight sides as the corners are cut allowing the stone to capture more light from the different angles. The cut of the stone is what’s known as a ‘Step Cut’. This is because its appearance, when viewed from above resembles a row of steps. This style of cut is designed to draw your eyes into the centre of the stone, so the higher the quality the better.
When set in engagement rings the diamond creates a very dramatic effect and should always be set in a 4-claw prong setting. Due to its unique cut and shape, solitaire settings where the diamond is set singular on a metal band or accented with other diamonds make the perfect chose.
If you like this style, our expert advice is as follows – select a clarity higher then VS2 in order for the design of the cut to be the best it can. We also recommend that you only buy Asscher cut diamonds that have been certificated by a reputable diamond grading lab like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).