When it comes to exclusive stones, it’s hard to find one more impressive than the Ashoka-cut diamond. Expensive, extravagant, and nearly flawless, engagement rings with Ashoka-cut diamonds are likely one you’ll only find on the fingers of the elite (looking at you, Reese Witherspoon). Notable for its distinctive cut and many sparkling facets, this is a stunning choice that is sure to catch everyone’s eye.
What Is the Ashoka Cut?
The Ashoka cut is a modified cushion-cut with a rectangular shape and rounded corners. The modern Ashoka cut is exclusively available through diamond jeweler William Goldberg and its partners.
Ashoka-cut diamonds are exceedingly rare because making them requires a large rough diamond—one that's at least three carats in size and essentially flawless. “Less than 10 percent of all rough diamonds mined each year even possess the potential to be carved into an Ashoka cut,” Gemist founder and CEO, Madeline Fraser, tells Brides.
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Pros and Cons of an Ashoka-Cut Diamond
Ashoka-cut diamonds are a perfect choice for the bride who is looking for a distinctive and exclusive ring. These diamonds have an added sparkle to them that makes for an eye-catching look. According to Kwiat.com—one of the few retailers carrying this patented diamond—an Ashoka-cut makes for a stone that "looks 30%-50% larger than an emerald cut diamond of the same carat weight." This cut also has more facets than a traditional round brilliant cut diamond, making it appear more impressive. The traditional round brilliant cut has 58 facets, and the Ashoka-cut has 62.
However, rarity comes at a price. Ashoka-cut diamonds are known to be one of the more expensive cuts in the world of engagement rings. Still, the time that goes into perfecting this diamond and its quality makes this cut worth the cost.
What to Look for in an Ashoka-Cut Diamond
- What should be your main priority when looking at Ashoka-cut diamonds? “If you have your heart set on an Ashoka-cut diamond, then your first priority will be the cut,” says McCawley. “Your jeweler may source a few Ashoka cuts within your budget for you to consider. Look for the stone that really catches your attention, as each diamond has its own unique characteristics.”
- What setting styles look best with this stone cut? An Ashoka-cut diamond is made to shine on its own. “For a rare cut diamond that will easily catch anyone’s attention, the best setting would be solitaire,” recommends Fraser. “It stands out on its own and needs its own spotlight.”
- Where can I buy an Ashoka-cut Diamond? The modern Ashoka cut can only be purchased through William Goldberg and its partners. “Today’s Ashoka cut diamond is patented and trademarked, and the stones are not as common as traditional shapes,” says McCawley.
How to Care for Your Ashoka-Cut Diamond
This cut might be rare, but you don’t need to care for it much differently than you would any other diamond. Fraser recommends cleaning it by soaking it in warm water and mild dishwashing liquid, then scrubbing gently with a soft toothbrush. McCawley suggests having your jeweler inspect the setting each year to make sure the prongs are intact.
History of the Ashoka-Cut Diamond
The Ashoka-cut diamond has a very long history that makes it even more interesting. “The story of the original Ashoka diamond hearkens back to the third century B.C., when a legendary 41.37 carat, D color diamond was named after one of India’s greatest emperors, Ashoka Maurya,” explains McCawley. “Ashoka was an Indian warrior-turned-leader who believed that the true path to enlightenment could only be achieved through tranquility, and his namesake stone cut is said to ‘banish sorrow.’" Today’s Ashoka cut was introduced in 1999 by diamond dealer William Goldberg, who has since patented and perfected it.
Scroll through these stunning engagement rings featuring an Ashoka-cut diamond.
A sparkling beauty, this William Goldberg ring features an Ashoka-cut flanked by two bullet-shaped diamonds in a platinum setting. The long lines of the ring create an elegant silhouette.
This solitaire ring shows off the beauty of an Ashoka diamond like no other. The platinum band is kept as simple as possible to make sure that all of the attention is on the diamond itself.
Small pink diamonds only make the Ashoka diamond appear even more brilliant. This vintage-style ring features an Ashoka diamond surrounded by pink round diamonds in a rose gold setting with a platinum band.
This William Goldberg stunner offers an especially unique look. An Ashoka diamond sits horizontally in a micropavé halo setting with an 18K rose gold band featuring a triple row of micropavé diamonds.
A ring like this one will catch all of the light in any room. An Ashoka diamond sits in the center of a double halo made up of brilliant diamonds. The shank is split and lined with more diamonds for extra glimmer.
This iconic design features an Ashoka diamond set in a micropavé halo with a micropavé platinum band. The simple look packs a punch.
To make your Ashoka as the star of the show, look for something like this engagement ring, which features an Ashoka diamond set in angeled claws. The pavé band gives it extra sparkle.
A truly stunning option, this trilogy ring features three large Ashoka diamonds surrounded by a micropavé frame. The micropavé platinum split-shank band helps make this ring stand out even more.
Settings and extra diamonds are gorgeous, but an Ashoka doesn’t actually need anything else to be a showstopper. That’s demonstrated in this simple solitaire setting with a platinum band.
A criss-cross platinum band encrusted with pavé diamonds works perfectly with a center Ashoka diamond. Sitting in a diamond halo, the diamond seems even more sparkly.
An 18K rose gold band looks fresh and modern with Ashoka diamonds. The Ashoka center diamond is flanked by two trapezoid side stones for a unique and gorgeous look.
The tapered square shape diamond side stones on this ring effortlessly accompany this solitaire Ashoka-cut diamond. It's a modern style that is sure to draw attention.
For a simple yet stunning sidestone look, consider this Ashoka-cut diamond with bezel set trapezoids on either side. The diamonds are set in a platinum band.
Dazzling is an understatement for this Ashoka-cut diamond ring. Two epaulette shape side stones make this option glittering piece you will forever treasure.
An east-west setting is where the stone is set horizontally, and in this case, it excellently highlights the ring's Ashoka-cut diamond. It is lined with 0.07ct round cut diamonds on a cocktail band.
Two is better than one with this Ashoka diamond bypass ring. The wraparound style holds 1.35ct round cut diamonds in a platinum band.
Still looking for your something blue? Then this engagement ring is for you. The Ashoka-cut diamond features a halo setting with sapphires and diamonds.
This Ashoka diamond ring has a vintage feel set in an 18K yellow gold ring. The ring boasts three Ashoka-cuts, all surrounded by smaller round cut diamonds.
This ring is truly la vie en rose. The triple Ashoka-cut diamonds are in a mosaic diamond four claw setting with pink round brilliant cut diamonds all set in a rose gold band.