Cuts make all the difference when it comes to finding the perfect diamond. Each type of cut sparkles in its own way and deciding which one most appeals to you is a good place to start when looking for your dream ring.
The most popular engagement rings include round, princess, marquise, emerald and cushion-cut stones, but the list extends far beyond that. There are also oval, pear, radiant, Assccher and heart-shaped cuts to choose from. Read on to learn about each cut and its characteristics.
Named after the jeweler who patented design in 1902, the Asscher cut features a octagonal shape with 58 large step facets. Though it is technically an octagon, when it is set in a four-prong mounting it looks more like a square and is often referred to as the “square emerald.” In 1999, the family introduced an updated version of the classic called the Royal Asscher cut, which boasts 74 facets for even more reflective brilliance. The Asscher cut has been a favorite among the fashion-conscious crowd ever since Carrie Bradshaw modeled an Asscher cut during her brief betrothal to Aidan Shaw on Sex and the City.