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About Asscher Diamonds

Learn about the cut, how it is unique and reflects light due to revisions to the cut.

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About Asscher Diamonds

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.

The Asscher

Similar to other exquisite diamond cuts, the Asscher has undergone clever revisions to enhance its luxurious impression and improve light performance. Initially, the Asscher cut diamond pattern consisted of 50 or 58 facets and was nearly square with a 1:1.04 cut. Its unique facet arrangement creates a sparkling effect known as "the hall of mirrors."

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The Asscher Cut

The Asscher Cut has come a long way since its debut almost a century ago. Edward and Joop Asscher, descendants of its creator Joseph Asscher, decided to revamp the design by adding sixteen more facets to pay tribute to the Cullinan II diamond, the second largest diamond cut from the Cullinan rough that belonged to the Imperial Crown. The result was the Royal Asscher cut diamond, a 74-facet step-cut square diamond that reflects light from every angle, creating a stunning mirrored pool effect. Thanks to its intricate angles, this cut produces a parade of kaleidoscopic colors across the spectrum of light. It is as brilliant and dazzling as a round brilliant cut, with all the intricacies of an emerald cut, making it a true masterpiece.

How are Step Cut Diamonds Distinct?

Step Cut diamonds, such as Baguettes, belong to a family that also includes Emerald and Asscher Cuts. The defining characteristic of Step Cut diamonds is their straight, well-defined facets. As a result, Baguettes have a distinct appearance from Round Cut diamonds, with less brilliance and sparkle.

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The Modern Asscher Cut

Modern Asscher diamonds are known for their unique and distinctive features that set them apart from other step cut diamonds. One of the most prominent characteristics of modern Asscher diamonds is their high crown. This high crown allows for a greater amount of light to be reflected from the diamond, which in turn enhances its brilliance and fire.

Another key feature of modern Asscher diamonds is their broad step facets. These broad step facets help to accentuate the diamond's clarity and give it a clean, modern look. Additionally, modern Asscher diamonds have a deep pavilion which contributes to their overall depth and creates a sense of depth and dimensionality.

A square culet is another defining characteristic of modern Asscher diamonds. This feature helps to create a more symmetrical and balanced appearance to the diamond. The deep truncated corners of a modern Asscher diamond also play a key role in its appearance. These corners help to create a modern, geometric look that is both elegant and sophisticated.

Finally, when viewed from above, modern Asscher diamonds exhibit concentric octagons, creating a stunning visual effect that enhances the diamond's appearance. Overall, these unique characteristics of modern Asscher diamonds contribute to their enhanced refraction and reflection of light, resulting in a diamond that is both brilliant and fiery.

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