Congratulations! You’ve met “the one”, fallen in love, and now it’s time to propose. (If you need some advice on popping the question, take a look at The 66 Most Romantic Ways to Propose!) When it comes to selecting the perfect engagement ring for this all-important moment, you’ll want to make sure you get everything just right. Shopping for an engagement ring is the first real encounter with diamonds that most couples will experience, so let’s start with your options for different cuts. There are ten basic cuts (or shapes) to choose from: round, princess, emerald, cushion, radiant, pear, oval, marquise, heart, and Asscher. To learn more about each individual type, check out How to Choose a Diamond Shape.
If the bride is a lover of all things vintage, an Asscher cut engagement ring offers timeless appeal and could be the perfect solution. Created in 1902 by the Asscher brothers of Amsterdam, the Asscher cut engagement ring originally rose to popularity in the 1920s. This cut experienced a resurgence in the early 2000s and these days, you no longer need to go searching for one in vintage jewelry shops. Modern brides will also appreciate that recent modifications to Asscher cut proposal rings now make them even more brilliant than their predecessors. So, if you’re looking for something incredibly sparkly and also reminiscent of the art deco era, this would be an excellent choice.
An Asscher cut diamond looks very similar to a square cut emerald diamond but has larger step facets, a higher crown, and a smaller table – creating an attractive hall-of-mirrors effect. Like a square emerald cut, Asscher cut engagement rings have square diamonds with cropped corners creating more of an actual octagonal shape than square. However, this is not generally noticeable when mounted in a four-prong setting. Asscher cut engagement rings are well known for brilliant shine and sparkle, with intricate detailing and clean lines. They appear to have concentric squares within and are incredibly reflective. On the downside, this cut has one of the smallest surface areas. Also, because yellow tints and other imperfections can be easily spotted, you’ll want to be on the lookout for good quality color and clarity. You should be aware that if the actual cut is not precise, you’ll see blackout areas within the diamond. Given that this is such a big decision, it is a good idea to discuss any related concerns about potential ring options with a diamond expert.
Asscher cut engagement rings are among the more expensive diamond cuts, but offer a uniquely vintage look with modern style. The Knot has tips and advice on all things related to Getting Engaged. After your partner says a joyful “Yes!”, take our Wedding Style Quiz together and start planning the wedding event of your dreams.