February 23, 2010 E-ring Lust, Pt. II
To carry on from yesterday’s post prefacing my e-ring desires, I will now delve into the particulars. As for cut, I really want an asscher cut stone. The unique square shape really intrigues me, it’s so elegant while being so markedly different. ❤
Lovely, right? Well, I became a big fan of frequenting a website & forum called Pricescope ; the ultimate resource for eye candy, in particular with colored stones and unique e-rings in their forums ; I like to go to the “Rocky Talky” department, but I diagress. This site is awesome to learn all about gems, gemstone cutting, and the best independent designers in the land. Here, I learned all about the asscher. For the indepth version, visit this page— for my cliff notes, read on:
Asschers are considered a fancy shape cut, but in essence it’s a square emerald cut. The main issue with an asscher is that it’s easier to see flaws or inclusions in any step-cut stone, they look smaller in comparason to round stones (i.e a round brilliant carat looks larger than an asscher carat) and in order for the cut to look right, there’s a certain proportion that has to be followed with the table percentage and depth percentage. The table is kind of the most important part of your stone’s cut– it’s the flat surface you look down at; if the table is too small, the stone will lack brilliance (sparkle). Since the asscher is a more difficult cut to achieve the proper table ratio for ideal brilliance, it’s often a bit more expensive when the stone is perfect.
From Pricescope, Lovey’s diamond asscher ring:
Now the above pertained primarily to diamonds. When we started talking about e-rings, shapes, sizes, colors, I let FFI know I was really into a) sapphires, b) asschers, and c) the color yellow. We were having this conversation on 09/29/08 (forever ago, duly noted ladies) and no, I don’t have an amazing memory, I have gmail chat transcripts. Evidence. He said, hey, check this stone out from Jeff White, WhitesGems:
To which I about died. It looks like a perfect little yellow sunshine. It’s awesome. It’s made from a local gemcutter (yay) and then we found out that it had already been sold. Already sold. I was upset, but I said “hey, we’ll find another one. Right?”
Well, after some research I discovered that sapphires are very difficult stones to cut into the asscher shape because of their table. Go ahead, do a google search for “sapphire + asscher” and see what you don’t come up with: sapphires cut in asscher shape. I found a few blues, but blues aren’t my thing. You know when you have those kind of “once in a lifetime” moments where you wish you’d gotten something but you hadn’t and now you’re going to mope about it forever because everything is going to be compared to it? FFI, if you are reading this, know that i’m not totally serious– you know I’ll love anything you get me, as long as it’s yellow and a sapphire. 🙂
So, I let the asscher go. It’s like looking around the corner at Walmart and hoping to see a unicorn. I started to consider other shapes, like Cushion cuts. In the meantime, I continued to lust after my sapphire ring with the perfect asscher cut stone. In that process, I stumbled upon the fine, fine work of Mr. Leon Mege, an independent designer in NYC. I found this ring, ignore the mad number of stars in making it, I have expensive tastes and I know it, I’m working through it!
Sooo pretty, right? I created my own version with a yellow sapphire in my favorite friend, Photoshop:
Despite my creativity, we’ve yet to see or hear of another yellow asscher sapphire, or a yellow cushion cut sapphire in that same shade of brilliant yellow. I try not to be too depressed about it, because I know I’ll love whatever FFI gets me all the more, because he is all about getting me the ring he thinks I’ll love, and I know that he will do an amazing job. I can’t wait to see what I do end up wearing on that lonely finger. Until then, I haunt the interwebs, in search of my new dream ring until my dreams come true 😀