Everything You Need to Know About Elongated Cushion Cut Diamonds
At first glance, it seems like all cushion cut diamonds are the same: roughly square shaped with few options for personalization. The truth? These diamonds actually come in a variety of shapes, ranging from square to elongated. Wait, is elongated a shape? Not exactly. Learn everything there is to know about elongated cushion cuts and why they could be the perfect choice for your diamond engagement ring.
What are elongated cushion cut diamonds?
A cushion cut diamond is essentially a square-shaped diamond with rounded corners, giving it that pillow-esque look. The shape has been popular for centuries and, until the 20th century, was the standard for diamond cuts.
Elongated cushion cut diamonds still fit the traditional mold, but is basically a catch-all term for cushion cut diamonds that aren’t in a perfect square shape. Some of these elongated stones still look square-ish, but others look more rectangular.
Different elongated cushion cuts
While traditional cushion cut diamonds typically have equal ratios — meaning one side is the same length as the other — elongated cushion diamonds are different.
Typically, an elongated cushion cut with a square-ish shape will have a ratio of 1:1 or 1:1.5, meaning that one side is slightly longer than the other. Rectangular elongated cushion cuts typically have a ratio of 1:2, meaning that one side can be twice as long as the other.
Are elongated cushion cut diamonds good?
The best diamond is the one that you like — and will cherish for decades to come.
If you like elongated cushion diamonds, go for it. The length to width ratio all comes down to personal preference. If you like a rectangular look, then consider adding one to your diamond engagement ring. Some people say that at a certain point they start to look like ovals, though. It all comes down to taste — and it doesn’t matter what other people think, as long as you like it.
Are elongated cushion cuts more expensive?
Opting for an elongated cushion cut doesn’t mean that your bill will be elongated, too.
Two cushion cut diamonds of the same carat weight — one elongated and one square — will have the same price if the other three factors of the 4Cs are consistent because these aspects, not the ratio, affect the price.