If you were a princess, you may go for a princess cut diamond, but if you are the sister of a princess, you may go for an Asscher cut diamond. Indeed, the Asscher cut, which is a diamond cut in a brilliant octagonal shape, is currently going through a bit of a craze thanks to the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – otherwise known as Princess Kate. Her younger sister Pippa stepped out over the weekend wearing her four carat Asscher cut engagement ring, which was given to her by her hedge fund manager turned fiancé, James Matthews.
This is all royal news, but the real news is that NADB predicted this craze nearly a year ago.
In another blog post, we gave a little history of the Asscher cut and talked about some of its unique properties – and why it makes such a unique diamond compared to all the rest. The Asscher cut, which was developed by two brothers in Holland in 1902, is one of the oldest and possibly classiest diamond cuts in existence, which is why it is so fit for a princess’ sister.
In the 1920s, the Asscher cut was all the craze thanks to its unique shape, which is similar to an emerald cut, but has larger steps and a smaller table, which makes the diamond look like a glittering fountain that you can just dive into. After the 1920s, the Asscher cut faded into obscurity, but then popped up again when Sarah Jessica Parker’s character wore an Asscher cut diamond engagement ring. Again, the Asscher cut slipped back into obscurity. Now, though, with a renewed appreciation for the glamour of the 1920s, it’s back and in full effect.
Around the turn of the century, the great-great grandson’s of Joseph Asscher – the inventor of the cut – decided that it needed an upgrade for our era, so they created the Royal Asscher. The new Asscher has 78 facets, as opposed to 58, and they added numerous other refinements, but there really is nothing more beautiful and classic than the original Asscher. Indeed, the original Asscher has a refinement that transcends trends and style moments in history, which is probably why it’s sitting on Pippa Middleton’s finger right now.
In the end, there are some downsides to purchasing an Asscher cut diamond engagement ring that you want to consider. For instance, because the Asscher requires a larger stone and more precision, you may wind up paying a lot of money. As a rule of thumb, you’ll only want to purchase an Asscher cut if you truly want to make a statement, which is why it is so perfect for an engagement ring. It’s brilliant and it’s flashy, but still maintains an element of exceptional class.