These sparklers are all about Roaring Twenties flair.
More than a century ago, legendary Dutch jeweler Joseph Asscher gave the world the first patented diamond cut, the aptly named Asscher cut. Since then, Asscher-cut engagement rings have become popular with couples looking for wedding rings with an heirloom quality.
More square than a classic emerald-cut diamond, an Asscher-cut stone has a distinct X-shape created by converging facets at its center. Naturally, its rarity (Asscher-cut diamonds make up only 2% of all cut diamonds) and sophisticated look has made it a favorite of celebrities like Pippa Middleton, Queen Letizia of Spain, Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba. And who can forget Elizabeth Taylor's Krupp diamond ring that Richard Burton gifted her with a 33-carat Asscher-cut stone?
If you're looking for a very special and rare diamond ring, we've got you covered. Read on for a deep dive on Asscher-cut engagement rings, plus editor-approved picks you can add to your cart right now.
What Is an Asscher-Cut Engagement Ring?
While they are similar in appearance to princess-cut, emerald-cut and cushion-cut diamonds, Asscher-cut stones are more square. They can have as many as 74 facets compared to the standard 58. This is what makes Asscher-cut diamonds so rare—they are challenging to cut, labor-intensive and require a lot of skill. But the end result is absolutely stunning.
Asscher-cut diamonds have a higher crown and a one-of-a-kind facet arrangement that produces an effect known as the "hall of mirrors." It combines the best of both worlds for a standout look—it has the brilliance of a round brilliant-cut diamond and the unique facet arrangement of emerald-cut gems.
One of the latest iterations of Asscher-cut diamonds is the Royal Asscher Oval-Cut Diamond, patented in 2018. A great option for to-be-weds in the market for a more rounded diamond shape, it has 74 facets that form a distinct oval shape.
What to Look For in an Asscher-Cut Engagement Ring
Asscher-cut diamonds are rare but recognizable. When you look at an Asscher-cut stone directly from above, it will have the distinct X-shape formed by facets that "kiss" in the middle. Pro tip: A well-cut Asscher will have facets that touch at exactly the same point.
The 4Cs are incredibly important in Asscher-cut stones. Inclusions (read: internal flaws) are much more visible due to this cut's large table, so you'll want to choose a stone with a higher clarity grade. The deep shape of Asscher cuts also means a lot more light can pass through them, making their color grade very important. If you're interested in a white gold or platinum setting, opt for a G-grade stone or above that won't appear yellowish against a white metal. Finally, keep in mind that an Asscher-cut stone may look smaller compared to another diamond of the same carat weight, due to its deeper shape.
Why Choose an Asscher-Cut Engagement Ring?
The popularity of Asscher-cut diamonds exploded during the Roaring Twenties because the stone's cut was in sync with the period's penchant for geometric motifs. This type of diamond cut is a beautiful choice for Art Deco-loving brides or those who appreciate vintage style in general. Asschers are commonly designed with baguette or trapezoid side stones in keeping with the Art Deco aesthetic. The geometric symmetry of the stone also pairs very well with split shank settings.
Asschers also bring plenty of symbolism to the table. Their octagonal shape represents rebirth and infinity, giving them a natural connection to weddings.
Asscher-Cut Engagement Rings You Can Buy Now
Feeling an Asscher-cut engagement ring right now? Shop some of our fave rings below.
Vrai The Halo Engagament Ring
You can never have too much sparkle. This classic halo engagement ring delivers an extra dose of bling thanks to the pavé diamonds along the 18K yellow gold band.
Brilliant Earth Joelle Diamond Engagement Ring
A marquise diamond
-encrusted setting creates a gorgeous contrast with an Asscher-cut center stone. Bonus: This engagement ring style is available in four types of precious metal.
From $1,990 | Brilliant Earth
Berlinger Asscher-Cut Emerald Signet Ring
Going for bold color? This might be the ring for you. The warm rose gold
setting of this reimagined signet ring plays up the gorgeous green hue of an Asscher-cut emerald. Psst: This ring style is also available in white, yellow gold, and platinum and a wide range of ring sizes.
Ashley Zhang Asscher-Cut Rolling Ring
Looking for a modern bridal stack? Look no further. This modern rolling ring features interconnected yellow bands with milgrain details—and of course a gorgeous Asscher-cut center stone.
$3,200 | Ashley Zhang Jewelry
The Kwiat Setting Engagement Ring With an Asscher Diamond and Bezel-Set Halo
One word: Stunner. An intricate halo of bezel set step-cut stones surround an impressive Asscher-cut diamond for an über-luxe effect.
DY Capri Engagement Ring in Platinum
It's all in the details. This modern halo engagement ring features an Asscher-cut diamond plus a beautiful braided band.
Price by request | David Yurman
Brilliant Earth Luna Engagement Ring
Modern brides, take note. A bezel-set center gemstone and polished 18K yellow gold make a sleek pair in this minimalist Asscher-cut diamond engagement ring.
From $950 | Brilliant Earth
Royal Asscher Diana Five Stone Diamond Ring
Looking to make a serious statement? Royal Asscher has got you covered with this wedding ring, featuring five Asscher-cut stones, each framed by a halo of pavé diamonds.
Brilliant Earth Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Engagement Ring
It's classic with a twist (pun intended). Diamond-encrusted intertwined bands add a glamorous touch to this solitaire engagement ring.
From $1,250 | Brilliant Earth
Vintage Style Engagement Ring With an Asscher Yellow Diamond and Side Stones
The yellow Asscher-cut diamond
on this vintage-inspired two-tone engagement ring is mesmerizing. The unique stone is set in hand-engraved 18K yellow gold prongs and flanked by a duo of trapezoid side stones.
Zales Asscher-Cut Diamond Double Frame Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold
What's better than one halo? Two. This glam engagement ring boasts a glittery duo of cushion-shaped halos plus a diamond-encrusted band.
James Allen 1.21 Carat G-VVS1 Asscher-Cut Diamond Art Deco Geometric Diamond Engagement Ring
A square-shape halo surrounds around a GIA-certified Asscher-cut stone in this Roaring '20s-inspired engagement ring. A duo of marquise-cut frames set with diamonds flanks the unique center arrangement.
ZAC Zac Posen Knife-Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
You can't go wrong with a classic solitaire setting
. The pared down platinum band of this sparkler puts all the focus on the stunner Asscher-cut center stone.
Brilliant Earth Arabesque Diamond Engagement Ring
Give a nod to a bygone era with this luxe Art Deco-inspired engagement ring. An intricate halo of round and baguette diamonds surrounds the Asscher-cut center stone.
Vrai The Signature V Engagement Ring
Your search for a unique take on the classic solitaire Asscher-cut engagement ring is over. Here, a lab-created Asscher-cut diamond sits sideways between the curves of the polished 18K white gold band.
Brilliant Earth Cadenza Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
Vintage brides-to-be, this stunning halo engagement ring is for you. Delicate milgrain details give this sparkler an instant heirloom quality.
From $1,590 | Brilliant Earth
Erstwhile Asscher Prism Shifter Ring
This ring gives you the best of both worlds. Equal parts modern and Old World, streamlined baguette accent stones play up the geometric look of an Asscher-cut center stone.
Victor Barbone Art Deco Two Asscher-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Celebrate your love with this real Art Deco Toi et Moi engagement ring
with two GIA-certified Asscher-cut diamonds. Thirty more gems line the gallery and shoulders of the band for a dazzling look.
$11,000 | Victor Barbone Jewelry
Ashley Zhang Antonia Asscher-Cut Engagement Ring
Get in on the three-stone engagement ring
trend with a vintage-inspired sparkler featuring a trio of asymmetrically set Asscher-cut diamonds. The classic yellow gold band makes the diamonds really sparkle.
$22,500 | Ashley Zhang Jewelry
Blue Nile Asscher-Cut Diamond Eternity Ring
Who says you have to opt for a traditional engagement ring with a center stone? This impressive eternity band with over a dozen Asscher-cut diamonds is stunning enough to stand alone.