Welcome to another informative piece from Marci Jewelry, your trusted family-run jewelry business since 1971. Today, we dive into the captivating world of Asscher cut diamonds. They are a distinctive blend of traditional and modern elements, a classic cut that oozes charm and elegance.
The Asscher cut, named after its creators, the Asscher Brothers, dates back to the early 20th century. It is a square cut with deeply trimmed corners, resembling an octagon. But what is it that makes this cut so special and unique? Let's find out!
Origin of the Asscher Cut
The Asscher cut has a rich history steeped in expertise and innovation. Created by the renowned Asscher Brothers of Amsterdam in 1902, the original Asscher cut was a pioneer in the diamond cutting industry. In 2001, the Asscher family introduced the Royal Asscher cut, an enhanced version of the original design, holding on to their legacy.
The Asscher Brothers and their influence in the diamond-cutting industry
Founded in 1854, the Asscher Brothers' diamond business is as time-honored as ours here at Marci Jewelry. Their influence in the diamond cutting industry was monumental, marked by the creation of the Asscher cut that revolutionized diamond shapes and faceting techniques.
The Creation and Patent of the Original Asscher Cut
The original Asscher cut was a distinctive square-cut diamond with a high crown, a small table, and deeply cut corners. This design was groundbreaking, and it quickly became popular in high society, especially during the Art Deco period.
The Development and Introduction of the Royal Asscher Cut
Fast forward to 2001, the Asscher family enhanced their original design by adding more facets, bringing the total from 58 to 74. This new cut, named the "Royal Asscher Cut," offered even more brilliance and was patented to protect its unique design.
Characteristics of the Asscher Cut
What sets the Asscher cut apart? As experts in diamond cuts and shapes, we can break it down for you.
- Shape and Structure: The Asscher cut is often described as a "square emerald cut." Its corners are deeply trimmed, giving it an octagonal shape. This unique design brings a certain depth and allure to the diamond.
- Facet Structure: Asscher cuts have step facets, meaning they have parallel, rectangular facets running down the sides of the diamond. This creates a beautiful "hall of mirrors" effect that's distinct from Asscher cuts.
- Original vs. Royal: The original Asscher cut features 58 facets, while the Royal Asscher cut boasts 74, providing additional brilliance and sparkle.
The Appeal of Asscher Cut Diamonds
The allure of the Asscher cut is undeniable. Its vintage charm, coupled with its modern brilliance, makes it a favorite among those looking for a diamond that tells a story.
- Unique Visual Qualities: Asscher cut diamonds offer a depth and intricacy that are captivating. The stepped facets draw your eye into the center of the stone, creating an infinite, mesmerizing effect.
- Popularity in Vintage and Art Deco Jewelry: Asscher cuts were the diamond shape of choice during the Art Deco period, making them a popular choice for those who appreciate vintage and antique jewelry.
- Celebrity Engagement Rings: Asscher cut diamonds have graced the hands of many celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor, who received the Krupp Diamond, a 33.19-carat Asscher cut diamond, from Richard Burton.
Buying Guide for Asscher Cut Diamonds
Buying an Asscher cut diamond? Here's what you need to know:
- The 4Cs: Cut, color, clarity, and carat weight are essential when purchasing any diamond. The high crown and step facets of Asscher cut diamonds make color and clarity particularly important.
- Proportions: Ideal proportions for an Asscher cut diamond involve a length-to-width ratio close to 1.00.
- Setting: Asscher cut diamonds look stunning in various settings, from vintage designs to modern styles. At Marci Jewelry, we love helping you find the perfect setting for your Asscher cut diamond.
The Value and Investment Potential of Asscher Cut Diamonds
Asscher cut diamonds are not just an investment in beauty, but also in value. Compared to other cuts, the Asscher cut tends to be less expensive due to less demand. However, this doesn't take away from its elegance or charm. The appeal of its unique characteristics and vintage appeal continue to grow, making it a good investment for diamond lovers.
Asscher cut diamonds are a timeless choice. Their unique qualities and vintage appeal set them apart, and they are an excellent choice for those seeking something distinctive. At Marci Jewelry, we love helping you explore the rich history and beauty of these stunning diamonds. With our emphasis on customer satisfaction, you can trust us to guide you in finding the perfect Asscher cut diamond for you or a loved one.
Remember, at Marci Jewelry, "You dream it, we'll create it."