A Guide to Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Rings: A Modern Elegance

A Guide to Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Rings: A Modern Elegance

While Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Rings seem like a newer trend, they're one of the oldest diamond cuts. In recent years, they've emerged as a popular cut for diamond rings because they look unique and have an elegant, timeless look.

History of Cushion Cut Diamonds

The cushion cut you see today is based on a cut called the "old mine cut" that dates back to the 1700s. It got that name because it was mined originally from Brazil. Once diamonds were discovered in South Africa, Brazil mines were called the "old mines."

Diamond-cutting technology has changed dramatically since the 1700s. In the past, it was challenging and time-consuming to cut diamonds. The "old mine cut" were squarish-shaped diamonds with a high top of the diamond, a small table, a deep pavilion (bottom), and a large culet (tip). With limited technology and tools, diamond cutters wanted to retain as much weight as possible from the rough diamond.

Characteristics of Cushion Cut Diamonds

Today's cushion cuts are more refined than the "old mine cut" from the past. Technology has allowed cushion cuts to be cut perfectly to emit as much brilliance as possible. Cushion cuts are square or slightly rectangular with curved sides and rounded corners. The shape is reminiscent of a cushion, which is how it got its name. It has 58 facets, much like a round cut, which gives it plenty of fire. It's a popular cut for diamond engagement rings, and it's a popular choice at With Clarity as well.

Popular Styles and Settings

Cushion cut diamonds are versatile and look good in all settings, including solitaire, halo, pavé, and vintage-inspired designs. While it's helpful to discuss cushion-cut diamonds, it's also beneficial to look at a few different designs. A classic solitaire looks amazing with a cushion diamond. All of the focus is on the stunning diamond. Select the metal you want, and you have a fantastic engagement ring. Halo settings work well with cushion diamonds and make the cushion-cut diamond appear even larger. Pavé bands add some subtle sparkle along the band so all eyes will be on the cushion-cut diamond. If you are drawn to vintage rings, this Celtic engraved ring features a cushion-cut diamond with some intricate details.

Choosing the Right Cushion Cut Diamond

Like other diamond cuts, the 4Cs (carat, color, cut, and Clarity) impact the quality of cushion cuts. Cut is crucial because you need the correct ratios and well-cut facets for a sparkling cushion cut. The length-to-width ratio should be between 1.00 and 1.09 for square cushions. For more rectangular cushions, the ideal ratio would be between 1.15 and 1.5. Clarity is also vital for these cuts because they feature a larger table that may showcase inclusions.

Trending Designs and Customizations

While classic solitaires look amazing, you have plenty of other options and trends to consider. One notable trend is using mixed metals within the ring. The contrast paired with a diamond offers an interesting look. Hidden halos, a halo at the base of the diamond, can only be seen from the side. It's a delicate detail that you can admire while you're wearing it. You can also work alongside With Clarity to custom-design a ring. Gemologists can create a 3D replica of your ring from a drawing or picture. They make the process easy, and you get a completely custom ring.

Maintenance and Care Tips

Diamonds last forever, and you'll want to care for yours. Clean your ring periodically using warm water, dish soap, and a gentle brush. Soak it for about 15 minutes and clean out built-up dirt and grime to sparkle again. About once a year, it would be best to take your ring to a professional to inspect the stones and setting.

Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing

Most modern couples are shifting towards lab grown diamonds as they are against the ethical and environmental impacts of purchasing natural diamonds. Since these 'conflict-free' diamonds are created in a lab, they use fewer natural resources than their mined counterparts. With Clarity has an array of lab grown cushion cut diamond engagement rings for you to choose from.

Cost and Budget Considerations

The cost of the diamond depends on its quality. Larger diamonds will cost more than smaller diamonds. On average, a one-carat natural diamond will cost about $2,000 to $4,000. In comparison, lab grown diamonds are typically 40% to 50% cheaper than mined versions, so they’re an excellent alternative, and allow you to purchase a larger carat diamond without stretching your budget. Consult with a With Clarity gemologist to learn more about lab diamonds and ask all the questions you have. Lab diamonds have plenty of benefits!

Still unsure? Check out the With Clarity Home Preview option to try on rings from home that you desire. Shortlist your top two and get replica rings that look like the real thing so you can see how they look and feel. Go for you dream ring after you try it out.


Cushion cut diamonds have a fascinating history, and their timeless elegance will ensure your engagement ring has a classic look for years.

They are durable and offer plenty of sparkle with their 58 facets. As with any diamond, evaluate the stone's quality to ensure it's perfect for your ring. With Clarity's expert gemologists are happy to help you find your dream cushion-cut engagement ring.

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