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Shop Cushion Cut Diamonds
Cushion cuts turn heads with their scintillating brilliance and fire. The square-shaped natural diamond features rounded sides and rounded corners – it is timeless, elegant, durable, and gorgeous. Before discussing contemporary diamond cuts, let’s briefly look at the past to see how cushion diamonds were created.
While their popularity has increased in recent years, the contemporary cut is based on a diamond cut from hundreds of years ago. The cushion cut that’s popular today is based on a cut called the “old mine cut” that dates back all the way back to the 1700s. Wild, right? It got the “old mine” name because diamonds were originally mined from Brazil; however, once diamonds were discovered in South Africa, all the Brazilian mines became known as the “old mines.”
Gemstone cutting technology has perfected the cut of the cushion diamond since the 1700s. Today’s cushion looks drastically different. In the past, stonecutters spent hours cutting diamonds and did their best with what they had, but they’re nothing like the diamond cuts we adore today. The original “old mine” cuts were still square-shaped diamonds, but they had a higher crown of the diamond, a smaller table, a deeper pavilion (bottom), and a larger culet (tip). With limited technology and tools, diamond cutters aimed to retain as much weight as possible from the rough diamond.
Modern-day cushion cuts are much more refined than the “old mine” cuts from years ago. Technological advances have perfected how cushions are cut - today, they have stunning brilliance, fire, and symmetry. Contemporary cushion cuts are square or slightly rectangular shapes with curved sides and rounded corners. The shape is reminiscent of a puffy couch cushion, which is how it got its name. Their 58 facets are much like a round diamond, which gives it gobs of fire. Natural cushion diamonds are popular for diamond engagement rings because of their brilliance and unique shape. It is a popular choice at With Clarity as well with hundreds of engagement ring settings to choose from for cushion-cut diamonds.
Like other diamond cuts, the 4Cs (carat, color, cut, and clarity) impact the quality of natural cushion-cut stones. Cut is crucial because you need the right ratios and well-cut facets for a sparkling cushion cut. You want the length-to-width ratio to be between 1.00 and 1.09 for square cushions. Look for length/width ratios between 1.15 and 1.5 for slightly rectangular cushions. Clarity can also impact the overall look of cushion-cut diamonds because they feature a larger table that could showcase larger inclusions.
Another appealing aspect of cushion diamonds is their ability to stun in a variety of settings. With Clarity has hundreds of settings that work for natural cushion center diamonds. Cushion cut diamonds are versatile enough to work in vintage-looking settings, classic solitaires, regal three stone rings, and sleek halos. You have many settings to choose from, so spend time browsing to see what kind of engagement rings look appealing based on preferences and style. Once you select the setting, you can choose the metal you like and then find the perfect natural cushion diamond for your stunning ring.
What are the key features of a cushion cut diamond?
Cushion cut diamonds have a square shape with curved sides. The shape resembles a couch cushion, which is how they got their name. You’ll see slightly pointy and rounded corners for this diamond.
Is the cushion cut a popular choice for lab diamond engagement rings?
The modern shape and gorgeous brilliance make the cushion cut a popular choice for lab grown diamond engagement rings. It’s a versatile diamond shape that complements settings of all styles: contemporary, traditional, vintage, or anything in between.
Are cushion cut diamonds more vintage or modern in style?
Cushion cuts are versatile and can work with vintage and contemporary settings. Modern technology has perfected this diamond cut from the past, but it’s stunning in all types of engagement ring settings.
Are cushion cut diamonds suitable for all types of jewelry?
You’ll see cushion diamonds used primarily for engagement rings, but it’s a suitable cut for all jewelry. They’d look amazing in a pair of diamond studs or a diamond solitaire necklace.
What are the advantages of choosing a cushion cut for an engagement ring?
Cushions are well known for their head-turning brilliance and fire. The rounded corners make this a durable stone as well that works in a variety of settings. Whether you want a simple solitaire where the stone is the star or a more elaborate setting, cushion diamonds look amazing. You’ll also have plenty of cushion cuts to choose from because they’ve become more popular in recent years.
What should buyers consider when selecting a cushion cut diamond?
Each natural diamond is rare and unique, so you’ll want to evaluate each diamond you’re considering by looking at its 4Cs (carat, color, clarity, and cut). Cut is important for cushions because it affects the sparkle. Some cushion cuts can retain more color than others, so keep that in mind as you browse loose diamonds.