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Diamond Cut

CUSHION DIAMOND CUT VS ASSCHER DIAMOND CUT:

Cushion Diamond Cut

A cushion cut diamond is a squared shape with rounded corners. The shape resembles a pillow and hence its name. About 200 years old, cushion cut retains its popularity.

Advantages:

  • If you’re looking for a halo setting, the cushion cut works especially well and is extremely popular. G-H-I color is good
  • Cushion cuts combine the energy of a round brilliant with the symmetry of a radiant cut.
  • Option to choose from crushed ice diamond cut (shattered glass) or antique cushion cut (chunky)
  • Cushion cut diamonds tend to be about 25% less expensive than their round cut

Look for:

  • Table width percentage between 55% - 65%
  • Depth percentage between 61%-68%
  • GIA or AGS grading report
  • Thick girdle and bezel setting

Disadvantage:

Slightly less sparkly than round cuts. Larger facets can show clarity inclusions so make sure to judge with your eye and examine the certificate’s diamond plot.

Asscher Diamond Cut

Asscher cuts are similar to emerald cuts only difference being in shape. Asscher Diamonds are square/octagonal. The modern asscher cut diamond is similar to a square emerald cut, usually with larger step facets, a higher crown, and a smaller table. Setting Style: Asschers are well suited for a square halo setting like this. Once mounted in a four prong setting, the diamond maintains its unique shape within a square silhouette.

Advantages:

Look for:

  • Depth: 60% to 68% (under 65% is relatively hard to find) you don’t need any built-up depth to maintain brilliance, you should go as low as possible in terms of depth
  • Table: 60% to 68%
  • Table size for ovals is 54%-63%
  • Polish/Symmetry: Good, Very Good, or Excellent
  • Asscher: 1.00 to 1.05 is GIA’s acceptable range for defining a diamond as “square.”
  • Emerald: 1.25-1.55
  • Color - GHI
  • VS2, VVS1, VVS2

Disadvantage:

Step cuts aren’t cut for their brilliance, so there’s no break up of light to hide inclusions, so you will need to go for a higher cut grade and color.
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