Reese’s Ring: An Ashoka Cut from William Goldberg



Sure, Reese Witherspoon said “yes” to Jim Toth’s marriage proposal because she
loves him, but it doesn’t hurt that he popped the question with an Ashoka-cut
diamond
from William Goldberg!  

These elegant-looking stones feature an elongated cushion shape, where “40 to
60 percent of the rough may be cut away” before a final stone is sculpted and
polished
, according to the diamantaire. The display of light evident in the
stone is achieved through a balance of reflected and refracted light, and opposing
angles and facets that are polished to proprietary tolerances. Each Ashoka has
62 displayed facets and rounded corners, and, according to the company, less
than 10 percent of all rough diamonds mined annually have the potential to be
fashioned into an Ashoka-cut.

The stones also have one heck of a backstory. A 41.57 ct. D
color, internally flawless Ashoka diamond was once owned by a supposedly
beloved Emperor of India, Ashoka Maurya (for whom the stone was named). He was
remembered for ruling with love, respect, and compassion, and for his “magical
Ashoka diamond,” according to the company, which some believed to have the
power to “remove sorrow.”

Looking at Witherspoon’s beautiful ring, with its colorless
4 ct. Ashoka-cut center set stone in platinum with colorless pavé, I have no
doubt that this stone—or any of the others available for sale, below in the
slideshow—would remove sorrow through wear.

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