Everything You Need to Know About Ashoka-Cut Diamonds

Ashoka Diamond

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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.

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 jewelry expert Lauren 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.’”

Meet the Expert

Lauren McCawley is a jewelry and style expert and the owner of Carbon West PR.

Today’s Ashoka cut was introduced in 1999 by diamond dealer William Goldberg, who has since patented and perfected it. The modern Ashoka cut is exclusively available 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.

Ashoka-cut diamonds have become exceedingly rare because making them requires a large rough diamond at least three carats in size that is 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 told Brides.

Meet the Expert

Madeline Fraser is the founder and CEO of the try-before-you-buy jewelry site and app Gemist.

What to Look for in an Ashoka Cut Diamond

When looking for the perfect Ashoka cut, keep the 4 C’s in mind: cut, color, clarity, and carat. “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.”

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.”

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.

Scroll through these stunning engagement rings featuring an Ashoka-cut diamond.

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Kwiat Ashoka Diamond Engagement Ring

Kwait Ashoka Diamond Engagement Ring

 Courtesy of Kwiat

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.

SHOP NOW: Kwiat, starting at $4,150

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Ashoka Ring with Bullets

Ashoka Ring With Bullets

Courtesy of Ashoka by William Goldberg 

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.

SHOP NOW: Ashoka by William Goldberg, price upon request

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Vintage Ashoka Diamond with Pink Diamond Halo

Vintage Ashoka Diamond with Pink Diamond Halo

Courtesy of Boodles 

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.

SHOP NOW: Boodles, price upon request

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Tripe Row Sideways Trellis Ring

Tripe Row Sideways Trellis Ring

Courtesy of Ashoka by William Goldberg 

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. 

SHOP NOW: Ashoka by William Goldberg, price upon request

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Ashoka Double Halo Ring

Ashoka Double Halo

Courtesy of Partridge Jewelers 

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.

SHOP NOW: Partridge Jewelers, price upon request

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Anastasia Ring

Anastasia Ring

Courtesy of Ashoka by William Goldberg 

This iconic design features an Ashoka diamond set in a micropavé halo with a micropavé platinum band. The simple look packs a punch.

SHOP NOW: Ashoka by William Goldberg, price upon request

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Shimmering Ashoka Ring

Shimmering Ashoka

Courtesy of Partridge Jewelers 

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.

SHOP NOW: Partridge Jewelers, price upon request

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Micropavé Trilogy Ring

Micropavé Trilogy Ring

Courtesy of Ashoka by William Goldberg 

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.

SHOP NOW: Ashoka by William Goldberg, price upon request

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Ashoka Simplicity Ring

Ashoka Simplicity Ring

Courtesy of Partridge Jewelers 

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.

SHOP NOW: Partridge Jewelers, price upon request

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Ashoka Diamond Engagement Ring

Ashoka Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Kwiat

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.

SHOP NOW: Kwiat, starting at $7,650

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Ashoka Diamond Engagement Ring

Ashoka Diamond Engagement Ring

 Courtesy of Kwiat

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.

SHOP NOW: Kwiat, price upon request

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