The Asscher cut diamond is a perfect example of older trends coming back to popularity. This cut originally gained popularity during the Art Deco period due to its unique shape and “hall of mirrors” effect.
Now, the Asscher cut is gaining popularity again as brides-to-be search for alternatives to the more popular round brilliant and princess cut diamonds. The Asscher cut is primarily listed as a square emerald cut on GIA and AGS laboratory certificates. Make no mistake though – this cut has characteristics all its own.
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History of the Asscher cut diamond
The Asscher cut diamond was originally created in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland. Joseph Asscher, the primary owner of the company, gained fame when he was commissioned by King Edward VII to cut the Cullian Diamond for the English crown jewels. The Cullian Diamond was 3,106 carats in total, and Asscher brother’s achievement earned them a royal title after completing the task.
After creating the Asscher cut, the stone gained widespread notoriety in the late 1920’s. After its peak during that time, the cut became less desired until it was recreated at the turn of the century in 2002.
The Asscher Redesign
One of the biggest reasons for the rise in popularity of the Asscher cut over the past ten years is its recent redesign. Edward Asscher, who is the grandson of Joseph Asscher, opted to create a version of the stone that had more brilliance and fire than the original.
The “Royal Asscher” was born. The original cut featured 58 facets, while the newly improved version increased to 74. This allowed much more light to be taken in and bounced around the stone, which created the brilliance Edward was seeking.
While the Royal Asscher is certainly more modern than the original, it manages to keep the same feel and “hall of mirrors” effect as the original.
Benefits of choosing an Asscher cut over an Emerald cut
Compared to the similar Emerald cut diamond, the Asscher cut (specifically the newer Royal version) produces much more fire and brilliance. The rectangular facets create a “hall of mirrors” effect, which makes the diamond seem to have no end when looking at the stone straight on.
This facet arrangement will hide imperfections much more than an emerald cut diamond. However, because of the size of the facets, the color of the stone will be more noticeable than cuts such as princess or round brilliant.
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