Originating over 200 years ago, the cushion cut was once referred to as the "old mine cut." It has undergone various transformations, evolving from its antique form to the more refined and brilliant version we see today.
Key features of a cushion cut diamond include:
Shape and Appearance: The cushion cut is characterised by its rounded corners and square-to-rectangular shape, resembling a pillow—hence the name. This unique shape strikes a perfect balance between the classic round cut and the edgier princess cut, offering a soft yet sophisticated appearance.
Faceting and Brilliance: Traditional cushion cuts are known for their large facets, which enhance the diamond's depth and radiance. Modern cushion cuts often incorporate a "modified" facet pattern, increasing the stone's fire and brilliance. This results in a captivating dance of light, making cushion cut diamonds exceptionally sparkling.
Variations in Cut: Cushion cut diamonds come in various proportions, from square to elongated rectangles. The choice between a more square or rectangular shape is largely a matter of personal preference, though it can influence the diamond's overall appearance and brilliance.
Versatility in Design: This cut is incredibly versatile, fitting seamlessly into a variety of settings and styles. Whether set in a vintage-inspired halo design, a classic solitaire, or a modern bezel setting, cushion cut diamonds adapt beautifully to different styles, making them a popular choice for custom jewellery.
Choosing the Right Cushion Cut Diamond
When selecting a cushion cut diamond, consider the following factors:
Cut Quality: Look for a well-proportioned cut that maximizes brilliance. The quality of the cut greatly influences the diamond's sparkle.
Clarity and Colour: Due to their large facets, cushion cuts can sometimes highlight colour and inclusions more than other cuts. Choosing a higher clarity and colour grade may be preferable, depending on personal taste and budget.
Personal Style: Reflect on the wearer's style. A cushion cut diamond offers a timeless yet unique look, fitting for those who appreciate a mix of classic and contemporary aesthetics.
Cushion Cut Guide
Cushion Cut Ratio
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