The Asscher cut is a lesser-known and very unique diamond shape. It’s perfect for lovers of art deco and vintage designs.
Popular in the 1920s, an Asscher cut engagement ring can be a gorgeous and attention-grabbing piece.
This article will tell you everything you need to know about the Asscher cut—when it was invented, how popular it is, and all of the pros and cons.
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History of the Asscher cut
The Asscher cut first arrived on the scene in 1902 during the art deco trend period. Joseph Asscher, a renowned diamond cutter in the now-named Royal Asscher Diamond Company, was responsible for the design.
The Asscher cut was originally a patent of the Asscher family but has since expired. Today, any diamond expert can make an original Asscher cut. However, the updated design, known as the Royal Asscher cut, is still patent-protected.
Asscher cuts became popular in the 1920s, and popularity resurged in the early 2000s with the introduction of the Royal Asscher. One of the most famous diamonds of all time, the Krupp Diamond, was a 33.19 carat Asscher cut diamond.
These days, they are most often found adorning vintage or vintage-style engagement rings.
Like every cut, the Asscher cut will suit some but not others. There are a few advantages and disadvantages to keep in mind when shopping for an Asscher cut.
The good things
The “Hall of Mirrors.” Any diamond with concentric squares that produce an optical illusion with a name like that has to be unique, right? Gazing into an Asscher diamond is like looking down a hallway of brilliant mirrors, glittering infinitely.
That kind of effect is sure to get the attention of admirers.
Interestingly, the Asscher cut is very similar to a rough diamond. This cut means that less waste is produced on an Asscher cut than other designs.
An Asscher cut is a perfect fit for a vintage-inspired diamond engagement ring. If vintage is your style, then an Asscher cut engagement ring is the ideal choice for you.
Similarly, if you like unique and rare designs, then the Asscher is right up your alley.
Asscher cut diamonds can be much rarer than other cuts, including the emerald cut. The Asscher cut makes up only about 2% of diamonds. Taking the 4Cs into account, finding the perfect Asscher diamond with the clarity grade you want might not be worth the time.
Their rarity in the diamond industry and difficulty to cut also mean that Asscher cut diamonds are expensive. With affordable engagement rings surging in popularity, this might be a major downside for the Asscher.
Further, the style is win or lose with buyers. It’s a preference thing, but many people just don’t enjoy the strong geometric theme and fancy shape of the Asscher.
But, if you’re a fan of the Asscher cut, then this point doesn’t matter!
While it is truly unique, the Asscher just doesn’t have the same brilliance and sparkle of some more popular cuts. Round cut, oval cut, and cushion cut diamonds have diagonal facets rather than blocky straight lines.
This overall gives them more fire and makes these cuts sparklier than the Asscher cut.
One final problem is that Asscher cut diamonds are usually very deep (or tall). The depth causes two issues. Firstly, they can stick up high on your finger and cause problems with functionality.
Secondly, a deep Asscher cut can mean much higher carat weight and diamond prices, but little extra in terms of what you can see.
Like all things, choosing the right style of diamond cut for your engagement ring or diamond jewelry is entirely your choice. If you like the Asscher cut and are willing to spend the time to find the perfect one, then why not?
A special cut like the Asscher has a handful of unique aspects that can make you either love or hate it. We hope this article has given you all the information you need to make an informed decision!