If you are planning to purchase a diamond for your engagement ring, you might know that there are a lot of factors to consider before you finalize your diamond. One of the major problems many encounters is choosing the diamond shape. There are many different diamond cuts and each cut has its own unique features, both good and bad. Most people blindly select round-cut diamonds, because they are the most popular. But if you are a person who seeks uniqueness and does not like to go with the herd, you can go for other diamond shapes.
Here in this article, we are discussing two popular diamond cuts- the cushion cut and the Asscher cut.
The design of the modern cushion cut is inspired by the old mine cut that was dominant in the 19th century. The shape of a cushion cut resembles a square pillow as the diamond cut has a square shape and rounded corners. A cushion cut combines the design of old mine cuts and the brilliance of a round-cut diamond. They usually feature 58 facets and offer decent brilliance. When compared with a round-cut diamond, cushion cuts have less brilliance, but they can offer better fire than a round cut.
Joseph Isaac Asscher is the creator of the Asscher cut and made this magnificent cut in the year 1902. Asscher cut diamond is the world’s first diamond to get patented to restrict others from replicating its design. You may get easily confused between an emerald cut diamond and an Asscher cut diamond. But the Asscher cut diamonds have a higher crown, a smaller table, and includes a larger step facet compared to an emerald cut. Above all, the Asscher cut offers higher brilliance than an emerald cut.
Brilliance And Scintillation
Modern Cushion cuts is a brilliant cut, meaning that it is specially cut to enhance the brilliance whereas clarity is more important for Asscher cut diamonds. So without any doubt, we can say that cushion cuts are more brilliant than an Asscher cut diamond.
Cuts And Facets
The Asscher cut is a step-cut diamond but cushion cuts are brilliant cut diamonds. As we mentioned earlier, Asscher cuts have higher clarity and their facet pattern is easily distinguishable from a cushion cut diamond.
There is not much difference in price between these two diamond cuts. But if the cost of a diamond is a problem, you can go for lab-grown diamonds.