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Royal Asscher: A most personal history of diamonds

Join Mike Asscher for an afternoon talk on his family’s diamond legacy, from cutting the Cullinan diamond for the royal family through to modern-day ethics  

February 3, 2020 By Rachael Taylor


The Asscher family name is synonymous with diamonds. Since 1854, it has been involved in cutting some of the world’s most famous gems, including the Cullinan diamond – the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found.


The 3,106ct Cullinan diamond was presented to King Edward VII in 1907, and it was to the Asscher brothers in Amsterdam the king sent this invaluable rock for cutting. The rough produced many valuable diamonds, including the 530.4ct Cullinan I, or Great Star of Africa, which is now mounted on the head of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross, part of the Royal jewels. Seven other diamonds liberated from this mammoth rough diamond are also privately owned by Queen Elizabeth II, who inherited them from her grandmother Queen Mary.


Join Mike Asscher, a sixth-generation diamantaire and member of this prestigious jewellery family, at The Jewellery Cut Live on February 17th as he discusses his family legacy. During a private afternoon session titled Royal Asscher: A most personal history of diamonds, Asscher will take you back in time to give an insight into the creation of some of the most-talked about gems to pass through his family’s skilled hands.


A skilled gemmologist himself – and creator of Royal Asscher Round Brilliant, Oval and Cushion cuts – Asscher will talk deeply on diamonds. As well as taking you on a historical journey, he will also talk about the future of diamonds, current trends and the ethics surrounding their production.


Guests will also have the chance to view replicas of royal tiaras and famous diamonds, and you will have the chance to put your own questions to Asscher, whether those be related to the cutting process of historic gems or modern-day conundrums surrounding investment, ethics and jewels.




Royal Asscher: A most personal history of diamonds will take place at 1pm on February 17th, 2020, at The Jewellery Cut Live, held at The Royal Institution, 21 Albermarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BS. Early bird tickets start at £10 (£20 thereafter). Book your ticket here


Queen Elizabeth II coronoation
Queen Elizabeth II coronoation


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