When Reese Witherspoon revealed her engagement ring, the world was stunned. The design and the cut of the diamond fitted together perfectly, creating a distinctive look that nobody had seen before. Later, it was revealed that the marvel in her ring was an Ashoka cut diamond, leaving people stumped asking, ‘what exactly is that?’ It’s not just some made-up millennial name; it is a name that has a beautiful history, one that we would like to share with you today.
Named after the great Indian emperor of the Maurya dynasty, the Ashoka cut diamond with its unique features was said to ‘banish sorrow’ during the war times. At the time, the emperor was on a quest to spread positivity and the peaceful practice of Buddhism throughout what is now India all the way through the present-day Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
The original stone was 41.37 carats, with unmatched clarity for that day and age. It became legendary for its unique large cut and flawless beauty. The Ashoka cut diamond is making an appearance again, although you won’t come across the Ashoka cut often. The diamond needed to create this rectangular shape with rounded corners is very difficult to find, with recent studies revealing that less than 10% of mined diamonds can be transformed into an Ashoka cut diamond. After this rare diamond is found, it is cut with a range of 57 to 62 facets, creating a flawless and unmatched clarity that can take up to 6 months to perfect.
Their rarity has created high demand for Ashoka cut diamonds in the luxury diamond jewelry markets around the world. Currently, the diamond is patented with only one seller and a short exclusive list of luxury vendors that provide these amazing gemstones. A piece of jewelry featuring an Ashoka cut diamond is always an investment that is worth making because these jewels stand the test of time. As of late, Reese Witherspoon is the only known celebrity to have an engagement ring uniquely designed with the diamond of this shape. However, you can also spot the popular cut sparkling throughout the streets of NYC upon the hands of all the trendiest women.
Today, you can find a ring out on the streets of New York or in a fabulous store, but what if those designs just aren’t what you had in mind? With Rafka, luxurious cuts can be made 100% unique, with a custom design that suits you. Work side by side with one of the best NYC jewelry designers to make your own unique and stunning piece. Invest in your custom creation for a jewel that will last a lifetime!