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.
Remember: there’s a difference between diamond cuts and diamond shapes.
Diamond cuts can be step cut, brilliant cut, rose cut, and mixed cut. Diamond shapes include round diamonds, square diamonds, oval diamonds, marquise diamonds, and pear diamonds.
For now, let’s only focus on the step cut. An Asscher cut diamond and emerald cut diamond are both step cut stones. For a diamond to be step cut, the facets must be made up of straight lines that run parallel to the diamond’s sides. A step cut only works on a square or rectangular shape stone.
Shape is where Asscher cut diamonds and emerald cut diamonds differ: the Asscher cut is a square (it’s actually an octagon), while the emerald cut is rectangular. The Captain Obviouses of the world call Asscher cut diamonds “square emerald cuts.”
If you’re into history, this one’s for you.
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.
Pop quiz: What popular green-colored gemstone gave the emerald step cut its name?
Hint: Call Captain Obvious.
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.
But there’s a catch: diamond color and diamond clarity are key.
Whichever you choose, remember that you don’t want an Asscher cut diamond or emerald cut diamond unless your jeweler can assure you that the stone has exceptional color and clarity. Pro tip: we carry certified 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.
Pop quiz answer: It’s an emerald.