Symbolism & Meaning of Diamonds
The traditional properties closely associated with diamonds are action, passion, and energy. Jewelry containing diamonds are believed to enhance relationships, increasing inner strength and provide the wearer with balance, clarity and abundance. Wearing jewelry containing a diamond will focus the energies of the precious gemstone through the gem.
Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Rings
The tradition of wearing engagement rings, including those with an Asscher cut diamond, symbolizes the promise of a future together which is sealed with the giving and accepting of a ring. The tradition of giving a diamond engagement ring dates back to the 13th century. Mary of Burgundy is the first known recipient of a diamond engagement ring, in 1477. Betrothal Betrothal rings were initially given as a pledge to marry. All wedding and engagement rings are worn on the third finger of the left hand because the vein in this finger, called the "vena amoris", was once believed to run directly to the heart which is closely associated with love. The circular shape of rings symbolizes unending love.
Asscher Cut Diamond Solitaire
The most popular style engagement ring is a diamond solitaire, the cuts include the Asscher cut diamond solitaire. The solitaire design was introduced by Tiffany about 100 years ago. The Tiffany solitaire setting enhanced the brilliance and lustre of the diamond by introducing the first ‘open’ mount, which allowed light to travel freely through the precious stone differing from all previous settings which had restrictive closed backs. The Asscher cut diamond solitaire is a beautiful cut for this type of jewelry.
A forerunner of the emerald cut requiring a four-pronged setting. It is square step cut with cropped corners. An almost octagonal outline enhances the brilliance of the stone.