So my ring situation is a little weird. I have a ring, but it doesn’t have a stone. We’ve been saving up for a “traditional” engagement ring and we’ve got the center stone we like narrowed down to two: Asscher cut and Radiant cut (with 1:1 side length ratio).
We like the square shapes of both and i LOOOVE the cut corners on both! So what separates the two? The Asscher is definitely more “interesting” looking. The facets of the stone aren’t something you see every day, I love that. However, the Radiant, I have been led to believe, is more brilliant (read: sparkley).
I love sparkles and I love interesting. We were set on the Radiant cuz we’d never seen a Asscher and then we walked past a jewelry shop the other day and they had them both there right in the window. Omg! They were both so beautiful! How do I decide?
I have a perfect square radiant and LOOOOOOOVE it (I keep saying one of these days I’ll take a fancy shot of it…but no one should hold their breath). I get compliments on it all the time. At first glance, because it’s square, everyone assumes it’s a princess then they ask why it looks different. If anything, if I had to pick another cut, I’d prolly go cushion (but I do thing asschers are gorgeous!!) Good luck=)
I have an Asscher (well, actually a square-cut emerald. Apparently “Asscher” is a brand name and you pay major $$$ for that name!) I love my ring, but there are a few things I learned when researching them.
To get the steps (that make the stone so pretty) they have to use a deeper stone. This depth causes the stone to face up much smaller than rounds, cushions, radiants, etc. (basically they look quite a bit smaller than other stones with the same carat weight…). With Asschers, you also need a premium cut and excellent clarity since so much of the diamond’s beauty relies on the stone’s cut and quality (they can look dull w/o an excellent cut and show any inclusions much more clearly).
All that said, I love my ring and wouldn’t change it. Have you visited pricescope.com? They have excellent info!
I feel your dilemma.. when my fi was shopping I couldn’t decide between asscher, cushion, and radiant so I told him to pick! He picked a cushion cut which actually became my fav so that worked out, but both asscher and radiant are so beautiful!
Given the choice between the two I’d pick radiant and here is why:
1- radiants are generally more rectangular than square, and I really like that feature
2- because a radiant isn’t square, less people will assume its a princess cut (not that there is anything wrong with princess cut, but I would rather people noticed my stone was different)
3- radiants will be more sparkly
That being said, asscher is definitely more unique. I’ve never seen anyone with an asscher in real life, and I agree with trail mix that its very art deco. So if you want unique and antique-ish… asscher is your cut!
Asschers are more unique, they kind of remind me like emeralds. More shine, less sparkle. But radiants are a sparkly stone, and i’ve only ever met one person in real life who has one, so they’re probably unique also.
You could do a radiant engagement ring with an asscher eternity band. I thought about getting one for awhile; it looked cool!
Asscher….I have one from Whiteflash and boy oh boy does that baby sparkle like mad. I am in love with my asscher; she is just so gorgeous!!!! An asscher has a different kind of sparkle from a radiant, but a well cut asscher will shoot fire from the facets like no other cut. Radiants and asschers are cut completely different, so the sparkle thrown off by each cut is extremely different.
If possible, I’d call around to see if any local jewelers have any diamonds in those cuts to compare how much you like them. I had a princess cut and switched to an asscher because I love the uniqueness of the asscher, however, I went to a local jeweler to see if I would truly like the sparkle of the cut. Seeing them in person is probably the only way to truly determine which cut you like better; online pics do asschers no justice AT ALL!!!! Good luck!!
Thanks guys! maybe I’ll drag the boy down to that jewelry shop again and see if we can go in this time and look at them side by side (loose maybe?) If I still can’t decide then, than i’ll take the wonderful advice several of you suggested and make him pick and surprise me (why didn’t I think of that!?!?) or just eeny-meeny-miny-moe 😉
Every time I read one of your comments I was like “ok great! maybe i’m leaning toward Asscher” then i’d read a radiant comment “ok maybe i’m leaning toward radiant!” I really can’t decide!!
Ughh do we have to pick one?! 🙂 I love them both! It’s so hard to decide! But if I had to choice one I would pick radiant! I have a princess cut so I like the more square shaped diamonds better, and I also like how the corners are not so pointy!
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