Although the Asscher cut diamond has been around for more than a century, it has not been until very recently that it has gained such prominence in the world of jewelry. To show just how popular Asscher engagement rings have become, consider that it was featured on Sex & the City which gained it almost instantaneous notoriety. Also, Goldie Hawn’s daughter, Kate Hudson was given one of the most astounding Asscher engagement rings by her fiancé. In recent years they have become quite trendy, but not because of their Hollywood notoriety. It is primarily because of the unique cut that draws the eye right down into the glories of a perfect diamond.
Asscher Engagement Rings are Perfection
One of the most important facts you need to know about Asscher engagement rings is that only the most flawless of stones are chosen for the Asscher cut. Developed by the Asscher brothers in Holland and first revealed to the world in 1902, the Asscher cut is a stepped square cut, at times referred to as the ‘square emerald cut.’ The cut itself is extremely precise and each step is measured with complete accuracy. When looking down into an authentic Asscher cut diamond, the steps allow you to see greater internal refraction of light. This cut by far produces the most radiant of all diamond cuts. Asscher engagement rings truly are perfection.
What to Look for When Buying Asscher Engagement Rings
A genuine Asscher cut diamond will be certified by the world’s leading authority in diamond grading, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and/or the International Gemological Institute (IGI). There will also be the Asscher family insignia emblazoned on the girdle along with a unique identification number. Without a certificate of authenticity, it may be cut in an Asscher-like cut, but it will not be an authentic Asscher. No jeweler other than the Asscher company (that has exclusive rights to the cut) is allowed to use this patented cut.
Vintage and Modern Asscher Engagement Rings
Vintage Art Deco Asscher engagement rings were extremely popular during the ‘Roaring Twenties’. However, with the onset of the Great Depression the company closed their doors in 1930. It wasn’t until sometime in 1945 that they reopened and began once again fashioning this highly treasured Asscher cut diamond. Unfortunately, over time a great number of counterfeits surfaces so they repatented an updated and more intricate cut that would be much more difficult to fake. This was in the year 1971. The modern version of an Asscher engagement ring is called the “Royal Asscher Diamond” cut ring.
Asscher Engagement Rings Price Range
There is now way to actually gauge the price of an Asscher engagement ring because you are talking about thousands of dollars. While some smaller stones may be just over $1,000, that price is rare. Asscher engagement rings are several thousand dollars, some as high as five or six digits! Rare vintage collector’s rings may be extremely expensive, but it is a ring that any woman would truly treasure for a lifetime. Also, there is now way this ring will not continue to grow in value over the years. Besides being one of the most exquisite rings on earth, it could one day be worth a small fortune.
Asscher engagement rings come in gold, white gold and platinum and there are an amazing number of marvelous settings from a simple solitaire to a ring that is part of a wedding set. One thing is certain, once you have the chance to look into the depths of an Asscher cut diamond, you will be mesmerized by the radiance that the cut allows to shine forth. This is the ring of all rings.