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Asscher Cut Engagement Rings Still Popular Trend

One of the most constant engagement ring trends of the moment is the Asscher cut engagement ring. In fact, almost 1 bride in 3 in the United States is opting for a square diamond featuring the Asscher cut. These diamonds offer a timeless vintage feel without looking old fashioned. The square cut adds symmetry to a setting and the diamond can be set alone or surrounded with smaller diamonds for extra sparkle and blind.

lasered asscher cut diamond engagement ring

The Asscher cut is also sometimes known as a modified cushion cut, or a square emerald cut. The distinctive feature of this sophisticated cut is the square shape with corners cut deeply to look like an octagon. The Asscher cut has been patented by the Asscher family, and every genuine Asscher diamond will display the patent lasered on the stone. (This is not visible to the naked eye.)

Asscher cut diamonds need to be of a higher clarity and color, as the cut of the diamond means that any visible flaws are far more easily visible to the naked eye. This means that Asscher diamonds will cost more than some other diamonds of the same carat weight. Asscher cut diamonds tend to look best when set in white metal, but in this day and age any look and style is encouraged. Due to the cut of these diamonds they give off a startling depth when looking into them.

History of Asscher diamonds:

The Asscher cut was originally designed in 1902, and fast became very popular in the 1920’s, suiting the art deco engagement rings perfectly. The Asscher cut got an overhaul in 2001, adding 16 extra facets to the original cut to increase the sparkle factor. This new improved design has been repatented and is apparently harder to copy.

Celebrity engagement rings featuring Asscher cuts:

  • Jessica Alba’s engagement ring features a 5 carat Asscher diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds. The shank is encrusted with smaller diamonds for a luxurious, timeless and elegant look.
  • Ashley Simpson-Wentz also has a 4 carat Asscher diamond engagement ring. Ashlee’s center stone has a band of smaller diamonds around it, accentuating the square cut. The band is set with small but sizable diamonds for a substantial feel.
  • Elizabeth Hurley selected a generous 15 carat Asscher cut diamond for her stunning diamond engagement ring. Ms Hurley opted to finish the look with pave diamonds set into the white metal (platinum?) band.

Asscher cut engagement rings can be a great selection for the bride who loves vintage style engagement rings with an elegant or contemporary twist. These diamond engagement rings can be stunning with just a central stone, or can be set with additional pave diamonds surrounding the center stone. Another alternative is to allow the center stone to shine on its own and have a pave set band for an extra lift. Asscher diamond engagement rings can also make for a great investment.

Asscher Cut Engagement Rings

There are many different cuts for diamonds. Some of the more common are round, princess, oval, and emerald cuts. The asscher cut was actually created in 1902 by brothers who lived in Holland. The asscher cut shape is actually somewhat like an octagon. It is essentially a square that has very trimmed corners. Jewelers may also refer to this as a modified cushion cut diamond. Within the stones cut there are many different steps so that there is actually a mirror effect within the stone itself. It is these cuts that actually allow the stone to have a lot more dimension when you look at it.

asscher cut engagement rings

Due to the increased dimension in asscher cut engagement rings, it is even more important that you pay attention to the quality of the stone that you are purchasing. With these facets, if your stone has imperfections, they will be easier to see with the naked eye. Additionally, color is very important in these type of engagement rings. Obviously, you are going to want to try to get your stone as close to colorless as you can afford. When shopping for your diamond you will want to think about size too. While you can typically find asscher cut diamonds that range in size from a third of a carat to over three, typically, stones that are between a carat and a carat and a half tend to be the best size for asscher cuts. The most important thing to check when purchasing your diamond is that it is registered with the Gemological Institute of America or the High Council for Diamonds. These two governing bodies certify that all of the asscher cut diamonds have been cut properly and in accordance with the patent associated with the asscher cut.

Once you have found the perfect stone for your ring you will need to think about the setting. Most asscher cut engagement rings will feature a four-prong setting. This setting will allow you to set your gemstone higher up so that more light can get to the stone so that it can reflect that light better creating more sparkle to the ring. However, that is not the only way that you can have your diamond set. Vintage styles are also very popular, and they quite often feature pave cut diamonds surrounding the center stone. Still other rings will actually use accent stones to help enhance the distinctive beauty and unique cut of the asscher cut center stone.

Asscher cut engagement rings are a great investment because they bring with them a fashion forward point of view while also keeping a refined polish and classical feel to the piece. Your special lady’s eyes will likely begin to sparkle when you get down on one knee to present her with the stunning and beautiful asscher cut diamond that will truly be a symbol of how special and unique she is to you.