Asscher diamond shape
The Asscher diamond shape is almost same as an Emerald diamond. Ideal Asscher diamonds have the exact proportions of outline - the cut is square shaped. This shape was introduced by the Asscher Diamond Co. (company established by the honorable Asschers brothers from Holland) in the year of 1902, the age of Art Deco design modeled after the Renaissance. Celebrated cutters made some adjustments to the well-known Emerald cut by making it square shaped. The newborn shape had made a great contrast to the brilliant diamonds and placed Asscher on the throne for a short time. Since then, Asscher shape has gone through many ups and downs, today it's back in vogue thanks to celebrities who have popularized the forgotten shape by wearing these rectilinear diamonds as jewelry on events. Royal Asscher shape was protected from copying about 10 years ago by a descendant of the famous cutter. Unlike ordinary, Royal Asscher diamond has extra facets that divide the diamond's shape into 74 pieces in total. Every diamond of this kind has its own ID engraved on the surface. High cost and limited quantity are characteristic for Asscher shapes.
The apparently clear octagonal lines of Asscher shape, due to deep pavilion and pointed facets, are obvious while you closely observe the diamond. The ratio sometimes varies from exactly 1.00 up to 1.05 while the rectangular Emeralds frequently have higher number values. The most significant similarity with the mentioned shape is the pavilion, wide and rectangular step facets are cut in the similar technique. However, Asscher diamond shape possess appreciated brilliance and a depth of up to 65% that returns 90% of light which is the cause of the high crown and small table. Table has low percentages, roughly about 60% or less, which adds extra cost and quality to shaped diamonds. Greater depth means you will get a tiny diamond that isn't easily affordable.
The rule regarding the clarity and color class priorities when choosing a diamond also applies to Asscher shapes because imperfections like crystal flaws and scratches may ruin the sparkling effect. Preferred clarity grade is Very Slightly Imperfect or better and at least K-color scale, if available. Just make sure that the well-combined diamond's quality points up the magnificence of precious stone on the ring or earrings. Asscher diamonds of lower grade may have obvious inclusions or faintly visible yellow color on its traditionally deeply trimmed edges.
The beautiful lines, brilliance and fire of this kind of diamond shapes are highlighted if a diamond is set on the baguette, solitaire ring, pendant or earrings. The loose diamonds on a setting shouldn't be hidden, but on the contrary, Asschers should be prominent on the ring. Engagement rings look glorious on the finger when worn if combined with side diamonds. Paired earrings may look great and even more magnificent with additional gems such as fancy or colored diamond cut. Asscher diamond shape is hard to find due to the law of the market. Today, it's rarely cut so the price varies on a daily basis.