If you’re looking to buy diamonds, you may have heard of an Asscher cut diamond and wondered what it was. This is a particularly popular type of diamond with over four trillion carats mined annually, making it the second most common diamond in the world behind the round brilliant cut diamond. In this article, we’ll talk about the Asscher cut diamond and how it compares to other popular types of diamonds.
The History Of Asscher Cut Diamonds
The Asscher cut diamond was developed by Amsterdam diamond cutters in 1902. It is named after Joseph Asscher, who at that time owned a cutting firm called Maison Joseph Asscher. The Joseph Asscher Cut was developed to take advantage of newly developed technology which allowed for greater precision when cutting diamonds.
Prior to its creation, other less-precise cuts were used for diamonds with similar characteristics to an Asscher-cut diamond, but did not yield optimal sparkle or brilliance because they did not allow for precise design and faceting. The popularity of Asschers has grown since their introduction in 1902 and they have become increasingly popular over time due to their great brilliance and durability.
Characteristics Of Asscher Cut Diamonds
Asscher cut diamonds don’t have a brilliant appearance because of their octagonal shape, which is thought to be just one step away from a square. Rather than facets on all sides, most brilliant-cut diamonds have crown and pavilion facets that sit flat on top of each other. Asschers, on the other hand, have eight steeply angled facets—with nothing in between—that create points and triangular shapes.
- Clean Cut: Asscher diamonds feature rectangular facets with brilliant cuts, offering a clean appearance with a unique aesthetic for a great engagement ring.
- Vintage Appearance: This diamond has between 58 and 72 facets and square shapes that make for an extremely vintage view.
- Octagon Shaped: Asscher Cut diamonds have distinctive square shapes with equal lengths and widths. Although it has angled corners, the octagon shape makes it an exceptional center stone, a very well-cut stone with a subtle and elegant appearance
How To Choose An Asscher Cut Diamond
Due to its exclusivity, selecting an ideal Asscher Cut diamond requires patience to learn its thresholds for transparent, dark, and white colors. The following steps will help you select an Asscher Cut diamond;
- Color: With the naked eye, it can be difficult to differentiate between warmer tones in color grade G-H and cool icy tones in color grade D-F. Asscher diamonds with ‘G’ and higher color grades are ideal.
- Clarity: A completely flawless diamond is dependent upon your personal preferences, so you should choose one that complements your loved one. You should therefore choose VS1 clarity or above to ensure a clean look.
Since Asscher cut diamonds have a relatively low price per carat, jewelers can produce a greater number of Asschers. Diamond cuts will also be cheaper as a result.
A diamond in an Asscher cut is 58 facets and typically weighs about 1/3 of a carat or less. The average cost for an Asscher cut is $1,400 with some diamonds going as high as $10,000 per carat.
Where To Purchase Asscher Cut Diamonds
The best place to purchase an Asscher Cut Diamond is at Shiva’s Gold and Gems because we’ll help you choose a ring with the perfect stone. Get in touch with us today to learn more!