(Closed) Asscher or Radiant?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which do you think we should consider more?
    Radiant : (31 votes)
    48 %
    Asscher : (30 votes)
    47 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I vote Asscher!!!!

    Post # 4
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    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Do you have pictures of the stones you’re considering?

    Post # 5
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    1051 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    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=)

     

    Post # 6
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    1956 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

    I adore asschers, I think they have a really cool art deco quality that I think is beyond gorgeous! It sounds like both of them appeal to you so why not have your SO pick it out and surprise you?? 

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm

    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!

    Post # 8
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    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!

    Post # 9
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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!

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Something to consider…

     

    Good Old Gold sells a cut called an “octavia,” which is kind of like an ascher but with more facets.  Check out the pics, they’re gorgeous.  So sparkly!

    Pictures:

    http://www.pricescope.com/idealbb/view.asp?topicID=136357

     

    Videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwnSvPyb6xU

     

    Good Old Gold listings:

    http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamondResults.php?shape=2&resultsColumns=268435471

    Post # 11
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    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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!!

    Post # 13
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    860 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I love both cuts.  But keep this in mind:

    Because they are step cuts, aschers (like emeralds) typically sparkle less.  I’ve seen some people do a pave or channel set band if lots of sparkle is important to them.

    Also, aschers usually “face up” smaller than some other cuts… not sure if they face up smaller than radiants.  For example, a 1ct ascher will look noticeably smaller than a 1ct round.

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I have an Asscher and I love it. But you have to get a higher quality stone because it shows flaws more easily and you need to consider the depth % (Try for at least 60%).

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Oooh Goldfish good call! The Octavia came to my mind too when I read the OP! You reeeally can’t go wrong with Good Old Gold!! We plan on getting my cushion from them. Amazing!!

    Post # 16
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    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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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