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Asscher cut diamonds may look like square-cut stones at first glance. But they’re actually octagons, with the corners of the square cropped away. They look fantastic set in platinum or gold, and they have historical significance, too.

History Of The Asscher Cut

The first Asscher cut diamonds were developed by the renowned Asscher Brothers. In the early 1900s, these gentlemen were like diamond royalty, having just cut some famous gems like “the Star of Africa.” This new cut would maintain more of the original rough stone and boost carat weight.

  • Asscher cut diamonds were en vogue during the “Roaring Twenties.” 
  • Then, when the Great Depression struck, many of these stones were sold or pawned to feed families.
  • So for decades, they were “old fashioned” and available at vintage jewelry stores.

Today, Asscher cut diamonds are gaining popularity again. They’re available in engagement rings, diamond stud earrings and gentlemen’s jewelry.

Characteristics Of Asscher Cut Diamonds

Thanks to tight geometry, a broad table and step-like facets, the Asscher cut looks best on a very clear, near colorless stone.

  • A great Asscher cut displays perfect geometry.
  • When you gaze down through the table of the stone, you should see concentric squares.
  • Yellow, gray or brownish hues would be obvious, so a truly colorless diamond wears this cut well.

Now, some people enjoy the warmth of a slightly yellow diamond — especially when it’s set in warm 14k or 18k gold — and there’s nothing wrong with that. But poor color is impossible to hide in an Asscher! 

Choosing A Modern Asscher Cut Diamond

When seen from above, a modern Asscher cut looks similar to an emerald cut stone, except it boasts more significant step facets and a higher crown.

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Now, every diamond is a unique entity. Indeed, “flawless” stones are very expensive and difficult to find. So choose a diamond that feels right to you! Perhaps you prefer a slightly warm, yellowish hue when set in rich gold. Or maybe you think that a tiny flaw makes a particular diamond unique. Ultimately, it’s about finding the right diamond for you. 

Feel free to learn more about diamond grading on our blog. Or, visit us in person at one of our three locations: Silver Spring, White Oak or Takoma Park. Our experienced jewelers at Silver Spring Jewelry are ready to help you find that perfect piece today.