If you are looking for a rare and extremely exclusive addition to your jewellery collection then Ashoka cut diamond is a perfect option for you. This unique cut surprises with its rich history, beauty and high price. Let’s see what makes it so special.
Why Is Ashoka Cut So Special?
The modern Ashoka cut is inspired by the original Ashoka diamond and features an elegant, elongated rectangular shape with rounded corners. It has 62 facets which help Ashoka cut diamonds to appear 30% larger than an emerald cut diamond of the same size.
In fact, less than 1% of all diamonds mined can be cut into Ashoka. To achieve exact parameters master diamond cutters need extra-long and large rough stones which are rare. In addition, it can take up to 6 months for a diamond to be cut into Ashoka from rough.
All these make Ashoka the most expensive diamond cut because exclusivity comes with a price.
Ashoka Diamond History
The modern Ashoka cut is inspired by a famous third century Ashoka diamond found in the Golconda mines of India. The original stone was 41.37 carat, D colour flawless stone that had a unique cut and size and was said to have the power to banish sorrow.
The diamond was named after one of India’s greatest emperors Ashoka Maurya who came to believe that the true path to enlightenment could only be achieved through tranquillity.
Ashoka diamond had always been surrounded by myths and got even more attention when emerged in the West. It was first noticed on the finger of a famous Mexican actress Maria Felix. Later in 1984, the diamond was bought for $1 000 000 by an art investor Roberto Polo for his wife Rosa.
Mr Polo was a legendary jewellery investment adviser who curated the record-breaking sale of eight breathtaking gemstones at Sotheby’s in 1988. Golconda Ashoka diamond set as a ring was sold for $3 850 000. This is the second highest price for a white diamond in history.
Where to Buy Ashoka Diamonds?
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Cover image credit: Ashoka® by William Goldberg