When Reese Witherspoon and her agent beau Jim Toth got engaged, he presented her with a custom-designed 4-carat Ashoka-cut diamond, which left most of the world scratching their head and asking, "What's an Ashoka cut?"
Created by jewelers William Goldberg, this cut is based on a famous third-century diamond. Named after one of India's greatest emperors, Ashoka Maurya, the original stone is a 41.37 carat D flawless diamond legendary for its beauty, unique cut, and size. The modern Ashoka is a patented cut available only through William Goldberg and its partners.
It is essentially a modified cushion-cut, with a rectangular shape and rounded corners. With 62 facets, it can help a stone appear larger than it is. Because of the patent, and because the extra-long rough stones needed for this cut are rare, brides and grooms choosing an Ashoka engagement ring can be confident that their ring will be unusual and special. It's especially appropriate for couples looking for an engagement ring that feels vintage.