With its history of 110 years, the Asscher cut can be considered a middle-aged development in the diamond industry. Despite the initial difficulties in gaining consumer acceptance, the Asscher cut has evolved and started to get popular again over the last two decades.
The Asscher cut has a step cutting style with 57 facets (could also be cut to 49 or 65 facets) and has a very similar structure to the emerald shape. The main difference is that the length-to-width ratio of the Asscher cut is very close to 1.00:1.00 and it takes on a squarish appearance.
Also, the trademark look of the Asscher lies in the “windmill” patterning that can be seen across the center of the diamond.
The Asscher cut holds the name of its creator, Joseph Asscher, who was one of the founding brothers of the Dutch corporation – Asscher Brothers. Developed in 1902, the Asscher cut was one of the pioneers of the Art Deco movement of the early twentieth century. At that time, the Asscher’s simple refined lines and large bold facets were held firmly in harmony with the public’s expectations.
Interestingly, it came close to being forgotten for seven to eight decades until Hollywood and the world of celebrities helped reignite interest. More notably, after the Asscher cut diamond made appearances in the blockbuster series “Sex and the City” and Kate Hudson’s stunning engagement ring, its popularity began to soar again.
Did you know that the step cut is actually an efficient cutting method because it can reduce the amount of rough wastage?
Needless to say, this is also rightfully reflected in the polished diamond prices. You can usually observe Asschers to be cheaper than the round diamonds by at least 20-30%.
Like most other fancy cuts, Asschers can come in a variety of facet patterning styles. The most common form of variance can be seen in the number of pavilion and crown steps the Asscher is cut to. Ultimately, the choice of facet patterning boils down to the nature of the rough crystal and the decisions a cutter makes with it.
In the grading report, this information is found in the reference vector diagram.
– 1.02 Carat E Color VS2 and 1.31 G Color VVS2 with 3 crown and 3 pavilion steps
– 1.01 Carat D Color VS1 and 1.00 G Color VS1 with 3 crown and 4 pavilion steps
– 1.00 Carat D Color VS1 and 1.66 H Color SI1 with 3 crown and 5 pavilion steps
I know what you are probably thinking of right now… “Which is the best or recommended facet patterning you should get?” Unfortunately, there isn’t any right or wrong answers to this question. Each combination can yield a superb looking stone if it is cut correctly to good proportions and angles.
The onus is on you to make the right call on the right stone. Don’t worry, I’ll show you how to select diamonds with the best optics in a while. But first, I want to show you some of the criteria for choosing a great looking Asscher cut and the things to note…