The unique Asscher cut diamond has several distinguishing features that make it easily identifiable. While it may bear some resemblance to the emerald cut, with its straight step cut facets offering a clear view inside the stone, the Asscher cut is a clip-cornered square version of the popular cut, rather than elongated and rectangular like emerald cuts. From a top-down perspective, the Asscher cut diamond displays an X shape created by converging equidistant facets that center towards the culet at the bottom (pavilion side) of the stone. When viewed from its side profile, one can observe that the crown of the Asscher cut diamond is higher than that of other diamond shapes.
The Asscher cut diamond boasts exceptional beauty, style, and brilliance thanks to its wide step cuts, near perfect square symmetry, and high crown. Its facets create a dazzling reflection of light, immersing viewers in a meticulously crafted set of mirrors. To achieve this, cutters must begin with a high clarity stone, much like with emerald cut diamonds. The plain broad facets of an Asscher cut offer an unobstructed view into the stone, making flaws readily apparent. Therefore, most cutters opt for at least a VS2 clarity stone when considering an Asscher cut. While it's unlikely that a friend will ask about the clarity grade of your diamond, they will undoubtedly recognize the exceptional quality of an Asscher cut or even an emerald cut.