Engagement Ring Spotlight On: the Asscher Cut

As you shop for an engagement ring for the woman you plan on spending the rest of your life with, step away from traditional styles and consider something a little more unique: the Asscher cut. This particular style is for brides who love an antique style with a little extra sparkle. To help make your decision a little easier, here are some facts and pros and cons about this cut.

Engagement Ring Spotlight On: the Asscher Cut

Characteristics of the Cut:

Basically, there are two types of Asscher cuts: the standard Asscher cut, which was created by Joseph Asscher in 1902 and the Royal Asscher Cut, which was created in 2001 by Edward and Joop Asscher.

The standard Asscher cut diamond is very similar in appearance to an emerald cut diamond, but has more of an octagonal shape with a small table, high crown facets and a deep pavilion, making the Asscher extra sparkly, like the round brilliant cut diamond. The cut includes 58 facets.

The Royal Asscher cut is a patented cut which is the same shape as the standard Asscher cut diamond, but has 75 facets and a slightly higher crown, making it that much flashier.

Pros and Cons of the Asscher Cut:

The Asscher cut is an extremely unique looking cut that really makes your diamond or gemstone stand out as far as clarity and color. It is elegant, but flashy and works with gemstones that have higher hardness ratings. Because the edges of the cut are angled, there are no exposed edges that could be at risk for damage.

The main con about the Asscher cut is that it will highlight any defects in clarity. This means even the smallest of inclusions or blemishes will stand out. Also, since the Asscher should only be used on gemstones and diamonds with the highest clarity and color characteristics, Asscher cut rings will be a little more expensive than other types of engagement rings.

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