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What to look for in an Asscher cut

MadOx75

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The gf originally had her eye on a Princess cut, but looking through some of the sites we both kind of fell in love with Asscher cuts. But I really don't know a lot about what to look for when it comes to them. I'm not a diamond expert, but I'm familiar with the basics, and know I'd like to be in the 1.25 to 1.5 carat range and preferably G in color. In most diamonds I'd want to be VS1 or higher, but I'm not sure how this cut shows off inclusions and the like. So I'm just trying to get some ideas of what I should be looking for, what I would expect to pay, and just looking for the general advice of the experts before starting out on this journey.

Thanks in advance!
 

Gypsy

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Asschers are tricky. But we have people well versed with finding them. What is your budget?

We can do this two ways. We can find stones and you trust us that they are good ones, and we move forward that way.

Or alternately, you spend your time learning about asschers, which will take a few weeks, and then you start picking asschers and then running them by us to check on them, and then go from there.
 

MadOx75

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Gypsy,

Thanks for your response. For my budget, I had about an $8K limit for the stone. Looking at the difference in actual top size of the stone being only about .31mm between a 1.5 and a 1.3, I don't really have an issue being at the lower end of that 1.25 range. I could go above the $8K if there were some astounding reason to though.

I'm a bit of an overpreparer - I honestly won't be proposing until next summer at the earliest. So I think the answer is both - I very much trust you guys, but I also want to know what I'm looking at - is the color more or less important with an Asscher, how do the inclusions affect the ring in this cut, things like that. If I found the right stone right now, I'm prepared to buy it and then look for a setting to suit it early next year...

Thanks again.
 

Gypsy

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MadOx75|1476459399|4087031 said:
Gypsy,

Thanks for your response. For my budget, I had about an $8K limit for the stone. Looking at the difference in actual top size of the stone being only about .31mm between a 1.5 and a 1.3, I don't really have an issue being at the lower end of that 1.25 range. I could go above the $8K if there were some astounding reason to though.

I'm a bit of an overpreparer - I honestly won't be proposing until next summer at the earliest. So I think the answer is both - I very much trust you guys, but I also want to know what I'm looking at - is the color more or less important with an Asscher, how do the inclusions affect the ring in this cut, things like that. If I found the right stone right now, I'm prepared to buy it and then look for a setting to suit it early next year...

Thanks again.

Okay so, to be safe I'd raise your budget to 10k. Size matters a lot with asschers. They face up very small for their weight, and that is what asscher owners, myself included, complain about the most.

Color is more important with asschers. If you want white white you should stick with G and above. Step cuts show color more.

Inclusions show more too. So you generally have to stick to Vs2 and above.

They are picky creatures and one of the hardest cuts to show for. There are 100s of threads on here. Since you have lots of time look through those first, and then come back with your questions. Okay?
 

diamondseeker2006

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I agree with Gypsy. Just come back when you are ready to buy and we can post some great ones for you based on your budget. That's the easiest way for you to get a good one unless you want to spend an inordinate amount of time reading every asscher thread posted on this forum!

Here's a good video that Jonathan at Good Old Gold made for me back when I was looking for a small asscher to go in a setting I had. All of these are good, but the one I chose was a great one. I believe it will be the second one in the video. This will provide a little education for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7SBfNGxTFE&list=UUEV7slr-i-VduBBnfv9MxhA&index=2
 

MadOx75

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Thanks to both of you. I'm going to do a bit of research searching through the posts here, and I will definitely post back when I'm ready to go.

Thanks again!
 

Shondra

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Great thread on the Asscher cut. I didn't know about it before now and now I'm extremely interested in learning more about it. Thanks for all the helpful links here.
 

whitewave

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I have a 1.53 and of course, as gypsy mentions, I wish I had gotten a 1.8 or 2 carat ring because it does face up small. I just love my asscher though. The 1.53 face up doesnt look much larger than my .75 round brilliant original engagement ring.
 
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