asscher-cut-diamondA versatile diamond that boost a royal heritage and decadent prestige, the Asscher Cut is one of the most beautiful and glamorous diamonds in the world. First created by Joseph Asscher of the Netherlands in 1902, he was famously commissioned by King Edward VII to cut the world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan diamond weighing at 3,106 carats. It still holds the record as the largest diamond ever found.

Quick Fact: The original Asscher has 58 facets whereas the Royal Asscher cut has 74 facets.

Although it was first developed in the early 1900s, the Asscher cut came to prominence in the 1920s during the art deco movement. It was seen in many art deco inspired designs and that popularity continued on during World War II. Until the resurgence of interest and re-invention of the Asscher in the late 1990s the cut was a valuable collector’s item and found in antique shops.

Elizabeth Taylor with her 33.19 carats Asscher cut diamond from Richard Burton.

Elizabeth Taylor with her 33.19 carats Asscher cut diamond from Richard Burton.

Quick Fact: One of the world’s most iconic women wore an Asscher cut – Elizabeth Taylor. Richard Burton gave her a Krupp diamond at 33.19 carats. It is now known as the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond.

The Asscher cut is similar to an emerald cut, and also described as as square cut emerald or stepped square cut. Like the Emerald, the Asscher has cropped corners and clean, defined lines. The diamond can be held by four claw prongs setting to create a square shape or surrounded by round brilliant diamonds in a halo style setting to reveal the cropped corners. Unlike the Emerald cut however, the positioning of the facets creates extra sparkle and brilliance, where it draws you in to the centre of the stone.

The Asscher cut is now a sought after engagement ring for fashion-conscious, professional women in this modern society. Due to its versatility, it can be designed in modern, art deco or vintage style of settings. If you prefer an engagement ring that is not too old fashioned or too sparkly, then the Asscher cut is the perfect engagement ring for you as it has the best of both characteristics.

A timeless and sophisticated diamond, the Asscher cut will continue to retain that element of beauty and aura for many decades to come.

At Tayha Designs we are lucky enough to have designed engagement rings with an Asscher cut stone. Here are a few selections of beautiful Asscher cut rings for happy customers;

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sculpture by the seaWe went to see the hugely anticipated Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at one of Perth’s most popular beaches; Cottesloe Beach. An annual event, it is a free exhibition for the public showcasing 70 local, interstate and international artists which has dramatically transformed the beach into a huge art space overlooking the Indian Ocean. The sculptures are exhibited along the sea wall, along the sand stretching as far as North Cottesloe and on surrounding grass areas. Due to its larger than life sculptures it is easily spotted in the distance however curiosity draws you in for a closer inspection. We were awed and mystified at the same time, it is definitely a conversation starter and we often wonder about the story behind the artworks.

Sculptures we love;

Photo by Clyde Yee

Photo by Clyde Yee

Wendi Zhang

‘Flamingos’

Bright red flamingos made with stainless steel mesh. They look oddly at home in Cottesloe Beach especially against the stunning backdrop of the sunset.

 

 

 

Kim Perrier

Photo by Pauly Vella

Photo by Pauly Vella

‘Ashes to ashes’

A celebration of the relationship between trees and humanity, the tree becoming the vessel for the transmigration of soul. It is mystical and dark at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Michael Stribling

Photo by Michael Stribling

 

 

Virginia King

‘Turning Stones’

The sculpture represents a diatom, an algae group at the beginning of the food chain. Her sculpture allows you to view the ocean in an entirely new perspective. Her work represent the fragility of the natural world.

 

 

 

 

Photo by Jessica Wyld Photography

Photo by Jessica Wyld Photography

Russell Sheridan

‘Sisters’

Is that a pineapple they caught? Or a bait? Sculptures of two girls surrounded by their dogs have kids jumping for joy trying to reach the pineapple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ron Gomboc

‘Cycle of Life Living’

A striking sculpture made entirely out of aluminium. It is inspired by the journey we have to go through in life.

 

 

 

 

Photo by Garry Norris Photography

Photo by Garry Norris Photography

 

Peter Lundberg

‘Warrior’

The sculpture represents the artist’s state of unconscious mind, exploring life’s journey and uncovering mysteries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Film Garden

Photo by Film Garden

 

Ken Unsworth

‘My home is your home’

Whimsical and magical playhouses joined together by a bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Terrific Picture Aus

Photo by Terrific Picture Aus

 

Ayad Alqaragholli

‘Hearts in Paradise’

A graceful sculpture depicting two figures in acrobatic posture, perfectly balanced and beautiful to look at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Gary Norris

Photo by Gary Norris

 

 

Hugh McLachlan

‘Cube Melt Transition’

A mind blending sculpture that play tricks on your vision, the mirror finish provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to see the world in a different perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

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518-_IGP0559hkWe have created wonderful, one of a kind and imaginative engagement and wedding rings for same sex couples over the years. The preference for custom made is at an all time high as couples endeavour to put their own personal touch on their ring designs.

There are various options and ideas for same sex engagement rings and wedding bands. Two ladies could go for the same engagement rings they both would like to wear. Or one would surprise the other with an engagement ring where they would both return to design a second engagement ring.Picture 031

As for guys, an engagement ring can also be a option depending on their personal preferences, it could have a bit of sparkle, unique textures or something a lot more reserved like a plain traditional band. Alternatively, some couples prefer the combination of both engagement and wedding ring that is stunning on its own.

menIt is not entirely necessary for the engagement and weddings rings to be completely identical to each other. There are options to go for rings that differs from one another or alternatively, a slight difference between the two. To make it symbolic and personal, the ring can feature the birthstone of the partner. Changes can be made by colour, metal, size, stones and design. The rings can be personalised, have meaningful symbols or messages. The choices are endless.030-_IGP4657aa

At Tayha Designs, we offer a full one to one consultation for same sex couples who want to create a bespoke engagement rings and wedding bands with a difference. Our experienced designers can help to assist in turning your ideas into reality.

 

 

 

Here are some of the rings we have designed;

 

Pink diamonds and rose gold

These understated yet stunning engagement rings are created for a wonderful couple who wanted an engagement ring that matches but with a slight difference. We used a combination of white gold, rose gold, pink and white diamonds and created them so the placement is different for each band. A clever way of matching an engagement ring but with a subtle twist.black diamond

 

 

 

Sleek, simple and traditional, this handmade 6mm men’s platinum wedding band has a matte finish centre and polished outer edges for a modern touch. The design is then finished off with a square cut black diamond stone in the centre.

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If considering a different wedding band, only the slightest alterations can be made. For example, round black diamonds can be used instead with the grooves in the centre with an all over matte finish.

 

 

Mokume Ring    Love creating this luxurious and sophisticated multi – coloured Mokume wedding band for our customer. Mokume has a rich cultural history and translate from Japanese as ‘wood grain’. Individual and unique, there are different Mokume designs to go for and a perfect wedding band for couples.

 

 

 

 

 

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