With a rise in popularity of certain engagement ring styles such as the halo ring, there is nothing we haven’t encountered. That being said, cushion cut diamonds have become increasingly popular in recent years and have now overtaken some of the other diamond cuts, such as the pear and Asscher, and is now a clear popular shape, only to be outdone by the classic Round Brilliant.
A cushion-cut diamond looks either square or rectangular, but instead of the sharp edges of the princess cut or the complete roundness of the round brilliant cut, the cushion (hence its name) has rounded edges for a much softer look. A much more feminine and organic look.
Furthermore, while more traditional diamonds are limited by their shape, there is no standard length to width ratio for the cushion cut diamond. This simply means that they can be the same width and length to appear ‘squared’, or alternatively longer, which is a nice little option for those wanting an elongated diamond without the sharp appearance of an Emerald cut diamond, as a perfect example.
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Cushion Cut Engagement Rings
This timeless gemstone shape features large facets that maximize brilliance, and rounded corners that create a soft and romantic feel. Cushion cut diamonds have been sought after for centuries due to their enduring sophistication. Especially popular in antique style settings, a cushion cut center diamond is an elegant choice.
Cushion Cut Engagement Rings
Cushion cut diamonds range in shape from square to rectangular and have been a popular choice for more than a century. The unique rounded corners and larger facets increase brilliance and highlight clarity. Whether a cushion cut halo engagement ring or a classic style, our handcrafted settings offer a stunning assortment to choose from.
Cushion Cut Diamonds
The cushion cut diamond once referred to as old mine cut) combines a square cut with rounded corners, much like a pillow (hence the name). This classic cut has been around for almost 200 years, and for the first century of its existence was the most popular diamond shape (similar to round cut today). Until the early 20th century, the cushion cut diamond was the de facto diamond shape.
Traditional cushion cut diamonds return light in a chunkier pattern than modern cuts. Combined with the enlarged culet (which was considered desirable for the pattern created when viewed through the table), this created a distinctive look that is prized today among dealers in antique diamonds.
Partially based on cut research initiated by Marcel Tolkowsky in the 1920’s, refinements to cushion cut diamonds over time (such as shrinking the culet, enlarging the table, and improving cut angles for increased brilliance), have led to a resurgence in popularity. Many buyers are attracted to the antique feel combined with modern performance offered by the cushion cut.
Cushion Cut Diamond – Three Pavilion Patterns
The standards for cushion cut vary more than most other shapes, and personal taste will dictate choice. While generally less brilliant than round brilliant diamonds, cushion cut diamonds often have better fire, which is part of their appeal. Modern cushion cuts tend to have one of three basic pavilion facet patterns (see picture). The third pattern has an extra row of facets on the pavilion and is classified by GIA as a “modified” cushion cut. These modified cuts tend to have a “crushed ice” or needle like facet pattern, more similar to a radiant cut than a traditional cushion cut.
Different type of cushion cut facet