CUSHION DIAMOND CUT VS ASSCHER DIAMOND
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.
- 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
- Table width percentage between 55% - 65%
- Depth percentage between 61%-68%
- GIA or AGS grading report
- Thick girdle and bezel setting
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 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.
- 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 - G, H, I
- VS2, VVS1, VVS2
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.