Graff Asscher-Cut Diamond

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Origin of name

The name "Graff Asscher-Cut" is a combination of the name of the diamond's owner, Graff, and the cut of the diamond, asscher-cut.


Characteristics of the stone

The Graff asscher-cut diamond is a 21.46-carat, D-color, internally flawless (IF), asscher-cut stone. The diamond has been set in a ring by expert craftsmen, probably in the Graff's large in-house workshop for handmade fine  Jewelry, situated in London.

Being a D-color diamond, the Graff Asscher-cut is most probably a Type IIa diamond, free of nitrogen impurities and having perfectly formed crystals. They are absolutely colorless and are said to be the "purest of the pure" of all diamonds.



Nothing much is known about the stone except for the characteristics given above. The ring had appeared in a series of ads in the New York Times newspaper, along with other diamond-set rings from Graff. It is not known whether the ring set with this unique diamond has already been disposed of by Graff diamonds, but in all probability it has, as the diamond is not listed among the 36 Graff diamonds given in the Graff website.

The Asscher-cut is a diamond cut developed in 1902, by I. J. Asscher & Co. of Holland, renowned diamond cutters of Amsterdam, who had earned the rare distinction of cutting the world's first and second largest rough diamonds, the Cullinan and the Excelsior, that weighed 3,106 carats and 995 carats respectively. The Asscher-cut is a stepped square cut, also known as the square-emerald cut, and like an emerald-cut the Asscher has cropped corners. The pavilion facets are rectangular in the same way as the emerald-cut, and this creates the unique optical appearance  of the stone. The classical emerald-cut shape has a length-to-width ratio of between 1.30 and 1.40, but the Asscher-cut being square, should ideally have a length-to-width ratio of 1.00, but a slightly higher ratio from 1.01 to 1.05 can still be considered as Asscher.

Graff is an international business empire, founded by Laurence Graff, dealing with all aspects of the diamond industry, which includes the following :-

1. - Mining and prospecting for diamonds, mainly in Africa.

2. - Sourcing and purchasing of diamonds from mines around the world.

3. - Processing of diamonds of all sizes, that involves both cutting and polishing.

4. - Introducing state-of-the-art technology for the processing of diamonds and other precious stones.

5. - Maintaining the world's largest in-house workshop for hand made fine jewelry.

6. - Marketing of exquisitely created, items of fine jewelry around the world.

7. - Training of a team of highly skilled personnel who could confidently undertake delicate operations involving the cutting and polishing of diamonds and subsequent setting onto fine jewelry.

 Graff has a chain of workshops  around the world, situated at important diamond trading centers, such as Antwerp, Johannesburg, London. and New York. It has a state-of-the-art workshop, in the Indian ocean island of Mauritius, processing rough diamonds and turning out magnificent jewelry. Graff also has sales outlets in cities like Monte Carlo, Geneva, Moscow and Dubai.

Laurence Graff, the founder of Graff Diamonds, is also known as the  "King of Diamonds" and is said to have had a passion for diamonds from an early age. He has set an unsurpassed standard of excellence  and innovation in the industry, and it is said that more important gem-quality diamonds have passed through his hands, than any other living dealer. Some of the stones are centuries old and steeped in myth and history, while others have just been discovered and brought to life in Graff's own workshops. The Graff Asscher-cut diamond is an example of such a stone, brought to life recently in the Graff Workshops.


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