Asscher cut diamonds
Discover the clean lines and mesmerizing geometry of the vintage-inspired Asscher cut diamond.
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Our guide to Asscher cut diamonds
Our tips for finding the Asscher cut diamond meant just for you.
Asscher cut diamonds are known most for their squared shape and truncated corners. They feature a flat table, large step facets, and distinct x-pattern in their center.
The Asscher cut was invented by Joseph Asscher at the very start of the twentieth century. This cut became increasingly popular during the Art Deco era in the 1920s and 1930s, when style that emphasized geometric patterns, abstract design, and an overall look of fine craftsmanship was at its peak.
The most popular engagement rings featuring Asscher cut diamonds are Classic Solitaires or Signature Solitaires, which highlight this unique shape and its distinctive x-pattern to perfection. Three Stone engagement rings, Cathedral engagement rings, or vintage-inspired Art Deco engagement rings are also sought after for this diamond shape.
When it comes to selecting an Asscher cut diamond based on the 4Cs, prioritize color. Its larger, step-cut facets spotlight color more than in a brilliant cut diamond. Clarity is also important for the same reason; slight inclusions can be more visible, so selecting VS1 and above is a worthwhile investment. An excellent cut is always important for ultimate brilliance and highlighting the Asscher’s “hall of mirrors” effect. And Asscher cut diamonds can actually appear smaller than some Round Brilliant diamonds of the same carat weight; for those wanting a substantial center stone, going up in carat weight is necessary.
Frequently asked questions about Asscher Diamonds
Explore VRAI’s inventory to buy diamonds. Browse Asscher cut diamonds to make your selection, then choose “Purchase without setting” to complete your purchase. Loose VRAI created diamonds of 0.5 carats and more are sold with a Lifetime Warranty, so you can choose your lab-grown diamond with confidence.
Asscher cuts can appear smaller than other diamond shapes of the same carat weight. This is because an Asscher’s cut is deep, not wide; some of their carat weight is therefore concealed from view. For those who want the Asscher cut diamond in their engagement ring, for example, to look larger, it’s easiest to simply move up in carat weight.
However, when it’s time to buy an engagement ring, certain settings like Halo, Signature Bezel, and Three Stone engagement rings can make your center stone appear bigger should you not want to move up in size.
Although both Asscher and Emerald cut diamonds feature step-cut facets that create a “hall of mirrors” effect, they are not the same shape. An Emerald cut diamond is rectangular in shape, while an Asscher is squared. An Emerald has an elongated form that maximizes carat weight and can make it appear slightly larger, while an Asscher carries most of its carat weight through its center and can actually appear smaller than other diamond shapes of the same carat weight.
An Asscher cut diamond produces brilliance — what gemologists say when referring to “sparkle” — unlike most other diamond shapes. Its large step facets and a high crown produce a “hall of mirrors” effect, similar to that of an Emerald cut diamond. But because of the Asscher’s deep cut, this effect is accentuated by the addition of a distinctive x-pattern at the diamond’s center.