What is it with Asscher Cut Diamonds?

Although it was first introduced in 1902, the Asscher cut did not become popular until the 1920s.

It was created by the Asscher Brothers of Holland’s Asscher Diamond Company (now the Royal Asscher Diamond Company), who, at the time, were famous for cutting a 3,106 carat rough diamond. For decades after the Great Depression, Asscher cuts were primarily found in vintage jewelry stores, but the shape surged in popularity again during the early 2000s.

Asscher cuts look similar to emerald cuts with the most obvious difference being that they are square, as opposed to rectangular. This cut features large step facets and a high crown that produces a brilliance unlike any other diamond shape. In fact, diamond experts often refer to the shine and sparkle of an Asscher cut diamond as an endless hallway with reflective mirrors. Although the Asscher cut is known as a square shape, it is actually somewhat octagonal since all four corners are cropped. However, these cropped corners are not noticeable once the diamond is mounted into a four-prong setting, unlike a true octagon.

With carefully beveled corners, Radiants have substantial durability against chips and breakage. Therefore, it makes it an excellent choice for those with an active lifestyle.
The radiant cut diamond is the first square cut (the second being the princess) to have a complete brilliant-cut facet pattern applied to both the crown and pavilion. Because of this, it creates a vibrant and lively square diamond. First popular in the 1980’s, the cropped corner square shape of the radiant is a nice bridge between a cushion and a princess cut. For that reason, it looks beautiful set with both rounded or square cornered diamonds.

In longer (more rectangular) radiant cut diamonds, a bow-tie effect is more likely. Although, not as common as in oval, marquise, and pear cuts), varying from near invisible to severe.

In addition, the visibility of a bow-tie effect cannot be ascertained by reviewing the diamond certificate or dimensions, but only upon visual inspection. The square radiant looks very similar to a princess cut, but with cropped corners. Once set, a square radiant and a princess look virtually identical, since the prongs cover the corners.

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