Asscher cut engagement rings are a classic cut, but one that is coming back into fashion as Hollywood celebs like Angelina Jolie have chosen it for their engagement ring.
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The Asscher shape diamond was developed in 1902 by a chap named Joseph Asscher and it’s basically a square version of the emerald cut, with squared off corners and ‘stepped’ sides.
In fact, it’s more officially know as a ‘square emerald’.
Due to its symmetrical shape and the squared off corners at the top and bottom of the stone, an ‘X’ can usually be seen in the top table of the diamond.
More than a century after the original Asscher cut was invented, the Asscher family are still a prominent jeweler family in the Netherlands.
In 2001, Joseph Asscher’s great, great grandsons Edward and Joop Asscher developed a revised version called the ‘Royal Asscher’ cut to celebrate 100 years since the original cut was invented.
The Royal Asscher takes the knowledge gained of how diamonds affect light and added more facets to the original design, to allow it to sparkle more brilliantly. However, most of the Asscher cuts that you see will be the standard shaped standard Asscher cut.
Original Asscher Cut
The original Asscher cut was developed just as the art deco period was kicking off, and in keeping with the design ideals of the time, it features straight lines and an interesting geometric form. It therefore makes the perfect center stone for a retro art deco style ring.
Royal Asscher Cut
The new and improved Royal Asscher used an updated understanding of how light is affected by diamonds, with a higher crown and smaller table which give more brilliance and fire than either the standard Asscher or the emerald cut.