The Asscher cut diamond was pioneered all the way back in 1902 in Holland by the Asscher brothers. It is often called the square emerald cut, due to it’s stepped square shape and cropped corners (similar to an emerald cut, though it has larger steps, and a smaller table). This particular shape of diamond became popular in the 1920s but faded into obscurity over the ensuing years. Just ten years ago, you’d be hard pressed to find an Asscher diamond cut in your local jewelry store but since 2005 it has grown to be one of the hottest new diamond shapes on the market today. The reason for this, I hear you ask? A little TV show by the name of Sex and The City. Sarah Jessica Parker’s character wore an Asscher cut diamond engagement ring and kaboom, the internet lit up with renewed excitement about this long forgotten diamond cut. And it’s been going strong ever since.
Choosing the right Asscher cut diamond for you can be a daunting task. The Asscher is designed specifically to draw the eye to the centre of the diamond, so choosing the highest quality diamond you can get is obviously of utmost importance. As a rule of thumb, the minimum quality Asscher cut diamond recommendation is as follows: Cut – Good, Color – H, Clarity VS-2, Depth percentage 64%-72% and table 54-63%. When selecting an Asscher cut diamond ring, you’ll want to make sure you choose a four pronged ring setting in order to adequately hold the gem in place.
In recent years, the Asscher has truly become the rising star in the world of diamond shapes. Some of the most notable wearers of an Asscher rings include: Jessica Alba, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow. So if you’re looking for something a little more unique with a hint of classic chic, you might want to look into the asscher shape.