Post # 1
My SO & I are looking through e-rings online to give him an idea of what I like & I’m a little lost. I’ve never really been a diamond girl, so I have no idea what the whole cut/color/clarity crap is all about- but I do know I want a step cut- my favorite being asscher cuts. My college ring is a emerald cut onyx & I just love the simplicity & that it doesn’t get snagged on anythign.
Which brings me to the setting- I have no clue here either! My promise ring is a tiny diamond with sapphires around it in a flower shape (translate to tons of prongs)- and I get it stuck all the time, in my hair, in a towel, or scratch myself with it… So I know prong is most def. out. I love the tension set rings, but I haven’t seen any with asscher cut diamonds, only with round.
So— would anyone like to take a moment to give me an quick education on what I should be looking for in terms of the details (color/quality/clarity) for an asscher step cut diamond, and what type of settings (except prongs!) are best for asscher cuts? Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Most step cuts show inclusions because they are very transparent to the bottom of the cut. That helps the color because a lower color diamond looks so much whiter in an asscher, but you usually have to get higher quality than SI1. That doesn’t mean all SI qualities are not eye clean, especially under prongs or on edges under a bezel setting.
I just helped someone find a large asscher, they thought they could only afford a 1.75ct, but it looked SO small. Instead of an H color, she got a J VVS2 for $500 less than the VS1, plus instead of 7mm its 7.65mm! But, a 1.75ct round is as big as a 2.50ct asscher…They look so small!
I hope this works out for you, also please google or youtube square radiant cuts. Because they aren’t asked for very much and some have a better depth and they sparkle more, you may find that they are more affordable and you can get a lower clarity because the faceting hides some of the flaws. And they are square cut cornered stones just like asschers, just not stepcut underneith. Educate yourself online to see these stones in mountings so you can decide if you want to bezel the stone so it will never snag.
Post # 4
Yes they do face up smaller. But they’re gorgeous. To really play the stone I’d keepthe setting simple. Since they show inclusions well- cut and clarity are soooooo important. One cannot skimp on these for step cut stones. If you worried about size have it set high. That makes most stones look even larger.
If you don’t want prong what about a bezel halo? A plain bezel I think just wouldn’t do an asscher justice.
Post # 5
@puppiekisses: I was worried about the size vs. quality vs. price of the asscher cuts- they do seem to look about half as large as other diamond of the same carat but different cut. I googled the radiant square cut you mentioned & It just reminds me of the diamond rings I dislike- they look just like every other diamond ring I’ve seen. I guess what i dislike is the busy look of it (which like you said I can see would make it flashier, but I could care less about flashy factor)- I want something clean looking and the step cuts are the only cut I’ve seen that fits what I’m looking for…
@MASPA: YES! Something clean and simple is exactly on point. What does it mean to set it high- that sounds like it’d be sticking up off my fingers? I googled bezel halo rings & am loving what I see! Now that you brought up that term I realize that my college ring with the onyx is bezel set & I love the security of it- Never had any issues except the corners getting chipped.
Post # 6
@BeckyS0: a high setting is just making sure the basket the stone is in is elevated a good amount. I personally dont care for the high settings because of getting things caught and whatnot, but I cannot imagine that happening with a bezel. i love step cuts too. all my side stones are step cuts.
Post # 7
I know I’m a bit late, but on the off-chance you are still looking, I looove Asscher cut stones and have found this link very helpful: http://www.truthaboutdiamonds.com/truth-about/diamond-shapes/asscher-cut-diamonds-and-emerald-cut-diamonds/
I personally think split-prong settings are really pretty on Asscher cuts. They kind of have a vintage flair, and really compliment the shape of the stone: http://mdcdiamonds.com/images/ProductImages/AsscherWG.jpg
They do tend to be hard to find and expensive for the money; if you are not convinced you want a diamond, the Amora gem is supposed to be coming in an Asscher cut, and the Asha diamond simulant (cz with diamond coating) comes in an Assher cut as well. If not for the ring, might be an affordable way to get some matching earrings or a pendant 🙂
Good luck, and I’m sure I’m not alone when I say we’d love to see what you end up going with!
Post # 8
SI1 clarity is fine, mine is and a GIA graded SI1 will not show to the naked eye unless you have hawk eyes and no where to look. it may look like a spec of dust under the microscope I am a Certified Gemologist