Asscher Cut Diamonds
The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) describes Asscher cuts as “square emerald cuts” which implies a square cut with straight faceting and 45 degree corners.
Nearly 110 years ago the Asscher cut was patented by Dutch diamond cutter Joseph Asscher whose family cut the 997 carat ‘Excelsior’ diamond now part of the British Crown Jewels.
Cut correctly Asscher cuts are elegant, appear to have infinite depth and epitomize the charm of the Art-Deco era.
Too many Asscher Cuts are cut to maximize weight resulting in stones with small face size relative to weight, culets that are off center and/or corners that are too small. The most beautiful Asscher cuts have distinct corners, multiple steps, and display unmistakable charm and depth.
The clean look of an Asscher cut typically requires higher clarity grades since even a small [VS+] inclusion might be visible to the eye. In rare instances an exceptional SI1 clarity might be invisible to the naked eye making these Asscher Cuts less costly and a ‘buyer’s best friend’.
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