Clear Cut Classroom: Step Cuts

Want to learn more about step cuts? Inspired by your questions from our weekly Q and A’s on Instagram, we’ve got you covered!


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A step cut is a type of faceting pattern that has long narrow open facets that look like you're walking down steps (where it gets the name!) to the diamond. There are two main types: emerald cuts and asscher cuts.

Let’s start by understanding the difference between the two:

1. Emeralds are rectangular and they have many varieties of length to width ratios. This means that they can either look long and skinny, or short and chubby. The most classic ratio is called “the tennis court” which is between a 1.3 to 1.45 ratio. Anything below 1.3 is considered chubby and anything above 1.45 is considered longer and skinnier. If you have longer fingers, we recommend going with a longer ratio -- and vice versa too! If you have shorter fingers, opt for a shorter ratio.

2. Asscher cuts are more square with their steps going into the center of the diamond. This cut was very popular during the art deco period and they’re a still a timeless cut. Because of the faceting pattern, inclusions can be much more visible, so it is important to prioritize clarity in an asscher cut.

Step cuts, in general, are great at masking color. This is why I recommend prioritizing clarity over color. If you’re looking for a longer, timeless style, an emerald cut is the perfect choice! If you want a more unique and art-deco feel, the asscher cut is for you. 

We’re obsessed with both of these cuts! What do you prefer? Let us know what you think in the comments!


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