Asscher Cut Vs. Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Asscher Cut Vs. Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

You’re here to find out the difference between Asscher cut diamond engagement rings and emerald cut diamond engagement rings. Let us guess: you just learned from your girlfriend’s Pinterest “Dream Bling” board that diamonds come in lots of shapes. Who knew?

Learning about cuts with difficult-to-say names (Asscher is pronounced “ash-sure,” so get your mind out of the gutter) is as easy as a pre-school lesson about shapes – we promise! In this post, we’ll explain the difference between Asscher cut diamonds and emerald cut diamonds.

When comparing Asscher and Emerald cut engagement rings, you’re looking at two styles that are both elegant and unique, but have distinct differences that might appeal differently depending on taste and preference.

Emerald Cut

  • Appearance: Rectangular with long, linear facets and cut corners. Creates a “hall of mirrors” effect. They’re known for elegance and understated glamour.

    Emerald Cut Engagement On Hand
  • Finger Coverage: The long shape makes emerald cuts appear larger than their carat weight would suggest and can elongate the finger.
  • Sparkle: While they do sparkle, their brilliance isn’t as intense as round diamonds, as step cuts are designed for flashes of light rather than fire.
  • Clarity: Emerald cuts don’t hide inclusions as well as brilliant cuts, so opt for higher clarity grades (VS1 or better or a minimum of VS2).
  • Color: Similar to the Asscher cut, the Emerald cut also shows more color due to its broad, flat facets. Ideally, staying within the G-H range at a minimum can help ensure that any hints of yellow or other color are minimized. Some people prefer a slightly warmer toned diamond (especially in vintage-inspired designs) and don’t mind a subtle tint.
  • Ideal ratio: The ideal classic emerald cut ratio falls between 1.30 and 1.50. This ensures that the rectangular shape is distinct and elongates the finger. At Diamond Mansion, we consider a ratio of 1.4 to 1.45 as the perfect ratio as its preferred by most of our customers. This ratio offers a nice balance between elongation and a rectangular shape. It creates a flattering look that lengthens the finger and showcases the “hall of mirrors” effect well.

Asscher Cut

  • Appearance: Square with dramatically cropped corners, creating an octagon-like look. It has larger step facets and a windmill pattern of light reflection. Popular choice for vintage-inspired rings.
    Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring On Hand
  • Finger Coverage: Doesn’t provide the same finger-lengthening effect of emerald cut.
  • Sparkle: Offers a unique brilliance with distinct flashes of light and a bottomless “hall of mirrors” effect.
  • Clarity: Like emerald cuts, inclusions can be more visible, so choose higher clarity grades.
  • Color: Similar to the Emerald cut, the Asscher cut also shows more color due to its facets. For Asscher cuts, it’s typically recommended to choose a diamond with a higher color grade. Ideally, staying within the G-H range at a minimum can help ensure that any hints of yellow or other color are minimized.
  • Ideal ratio: Ideal Cut Asscher cuts aim for a square-like shape with a length-to-width ratio very close to 1.00. The cropped corners enhance the octagonal appearance.

History & Age of Emerald & Asscher Cut Diamonds

The emerald cut has a longer history than the Asscher cut, which was first created in 1902 by the man with the unfortunate last name, Joseph Asscher. It became popular during the Art-Deco period. The emerald cut, as we know it today, was standardized in 1940, but it evolved from a history of cuts that dates back to the 1400s.

Why Choose an Asscher Cut Diamond or an Emerald Cut Diamond?

Since they were popular during the 1920s, Asscher cut diamonds are a great choice if you’re looking for a ring with the Art Deco look of a vintage engagement ring. Emerald cut diamonds are an ideal choice if you’re looking for a stone that looks larger than, say, a round brilliant cut stone with the same carat weight.

If your lady has long, elegant fingers, emerald cuts will highlight them. And if you like to swim against the current, you should know that emerald cut diamonds can also be set horizontally for a nontraditional look.

If you prefer a ring that combines vintage charm with a touch of modern sophistication, the Asscher cut may be the better choice. Its unique geometry and subtle glow cater to those looking for something less traditional.

Pro tip:

Always buy a Diamond that is certified by GIA (Gemological Institute of America). GIA is renowned for its stringent grading standards and consistency. A GIA certificate provides a reliable, unbiased assessment of a diamond’s characteristics and quality.

In essence, opting for a GIA-certified diamond reduces the risk associated with such a significant purchase, provides peace of mind regarding the authenticity and quality of the diamond, and enhances its long-term value and liquidity in the market. This makes it a wise choice for both new buyers and experienced investors alike.

At Diamond Mansion, We carry GIA certified Asscher Cut & Emerald Cut diamonds with documented color and clarity grades! Since step cuts can’t hide blemishes and imperfections the same way that a brilliant cut or princess cut can, only a high-quality diamond will make the – ahem – cut.