Two Names, One Diamond

There are lots of different diamonds shapes, some of which have more than one name.  A diamond shape may have a name that is commonly used and another official name for use on diamond certificates.  The second name will usually indicate a kind of description of the diamond.  An example of this is the Radiant Cut which is also called the Cut Cornered Rectangular Modified Brilliant Cut.  So the question is: Does the name Square Emerald Cut refer to another diamond shape that we know?

Yes it does, it’s another name for the Asscher Cut

A common query regarding diamonds is whether there is a difference between the Asscher Cut and a Square Emerald Diamond.  It should be clear now that there is no difference between the two.

There is, however, a difference between the Asscher cut and the Royal Asscher cut; the former has 58 facets and the latter has a higher crown and 74 facets, both were designed by the Royal Asscher Company.

Asscher Cut – Where are the Names From?

It is actually the last name of family Asscher whom in 1854 established the I.J Asscher Company.  The original Asscher diamond was created by Joseph Asscher in 1902 and became a very popular diamond cut before the Second World War.  During the war the original patent for the Asscher cut expired which led to various diamond companies producing the Asscher cut.  Some of those companies began to call the shape; the Square Emerald Cut Diamond, after all the Asscher is a square version of the emerald cut with a heavier depth.

An Interesting Fact – In 1907 Joseph Asscher was lucky enough to be chosen to cut the famous Cullian diamond, a quality diamond that weighed a whopping 3,021 carats.

To learn more about the Cullian and other famous diamonds view; What is the most famous diamond?

Asscher cut – What is it?

Look at the image of the Asscher cut shown above; its open table is so vivid and clear.  The Asscher is a step cut diamond which is why the facets resemble steps.  Step Cut Diamonds tend to have less fire and sparkle than brilliant cut diamonds but this is compensated by their high level of clarity.  You can see how the corners of the square have been truncated resulting in a shape that is octagonal.  The Asscher is an elegant choice for a diamond shape that displays subtle brilliance.

Fancy Shaped Diamonds

A quick point about fancy shape diamonds; any diamond that is not a round cut is called a fancy shaped diamond.  Diamond grading certificates will not give a grade for diamond cut for fancy shaped diamonds.  Can you work out why?  Unlike with the round brilliant cut there is no agreed upon consensus to determine the proportions that make for an excellent cut fancy diamond.  That means it’s up to you to determine if the fancy cut diamond has been well cut.  When purchasing an Asscher diamond try and find a diamond with a depth of between 60 – 68%, also look for a diamond with good clarity Vs2 or better because any inclusions will be easily visible.

Use the list below to learn about other fancy shape diamonds.

Unique Elegance .. Oval Shaped Diamond
Grace & Elegance .. Marquise Shaped Diamond
Love & Romance ..  Heart Shaped Diamond
Delicate & Sophisticated .. Pear Shaped Diamond
Glamorous & Star Studded  .. Emerald Cut
Modern yet Traditional .. Cushion Shaped Diamond
The Ultimate Accent .. Baguette Cut
Ideal Side Stones .. Trilliant Shaped Diamond
Bold Side Stones .. Shield & Kite Shaped Diamonds
Modern Side Stones .. Trapezoid Shaped Diamonds
Fancy Side Stones .. Crescent & Half Moon Shaped Diamonds

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