What Is a Cushion-Cut Diamond?
Cushion-cut diamonds are a mix of the modern round brilliant diamond and the old mine-cut diamond. They have rounded edges and a soft, pillow-like look.
Taking the best of both worlds, cushion-cut diamonds feature large facets that increase brilliance and rounded corners that contribute to a romantic look. A favorite of the stylish for over a century, these timeless stones won’t be going anywhere soon. This diamond cut is extremely popular with its radiant sparkle and rounded edges.
Because their exact shape and facet patterns can be chosen, cushion-cut diamonds are some of the most customizable diamonds for engagement rings. When looking for a classic and minimalist setting, consider choosing an exquisite cushion cut diamond engagement ring.
Do Cushion-Cut Diamonds Look Larger Than Round Diamonds?
Because of the way they are cut, cushion-cut diamonds can appear larger than round brilliant cut diamonds in engagement rings. A cushion-cut diamond has larger facets and generally has a larger top than a round-cut diamond. This makes them look bigger when comparing diamonds of the same carat weight.
Modern cushion cut diamonds can be set in a solitaire ring or be a center stone with smaller diamonds surrounding it. This will also affect how big the diamond will look in a cushion-cut diamond ring.
How Many Facets Does a Cushion-Cut Diamond Have?
A typical cushion-cut diamond has 58 facets like a round diamond, but it can have more. A cushion-cut diamond with more than 58 facets will have a "crushed ice" look also known as a modified cushion cut, and this cut allows you to clearly see the double rows of facets.
Are Cushion-Cut Diamonds More Expensive?
Cushion-cut diamonds are generally less expensive than other diamond shapes. You can expect to find cushion-cut diamonds at prices 25-50% lower than round diamonds. Cushion cut diamonds are also a great choice for when working with a budget as this cut allows a beautiful finish without the extra cost of a fancy shape.
Like princess-cut diamonds, cushion-cut diamonds produce less waste when cutting, which makes them significantly more affordable than round-cut diamonds. Cushion cut diamonds are quite versatile, making them great cuts for personalized jewelry. It may be worth it to look into cushion-cut engagement rings because of their soft rounded edges and romantic look.
Clean Origin’s Selection Of Cushion-Cut Diamonds
Choose from over one hundred brilliant cushion-cut diamonds, then pair your pick with a setting from our solitaire, halo, classic, and vintage collections. You may prefer a more square shape for a bolder look or an elongated cushion-cut diamond to help accentuate and lengthen the fingers. Complement a diamond engagement ring with a striking pavé band or a delicate halo. Whichever combination you choose, you’ll be sure to create a unique and modern look for your one and only.
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Tips for Buying Cushion-Cut Diamonds
Two main factors of the cushion-cut diamond are customizable: the stone’s facet pattern and exact shape. “Antique” or “chunky” and “crushed ice” cushion diamonds are your two facet choices, neither claiming any status over the other. With the antique style, you’ll see clearly defined facet patterns within the stone, while with the crushed-ice style, you will see what looks like broken glass (or crushed ice). Size is another item you can customize. A cushion cut shaped diamond is a great option when looking for an engagement ring, as no two cushion cut diamonds look the same. While traditional cushion diamonds are often made in a perfect square, they can be found in rectangular shapes as well. Currently, the 1.1–1.2 length-to-width ratio cushion-cut ring is the most popular. Elongated cushion-cut diamonds may have an even greater length-to-width ratio.
Cushion-Cut Diamonds - The 4 C’s
As with any diamond shape, the overall quality and value of a cushion-cut diamond is determined by four factors: cut, clarity, color, and carat.
Cut. — The shape of a diamond refers to its physical appearance, while the cut refers to how well the diamond’s features interact with light. Because cushion-cut diamonds are a “fancy” cut, they are not graded. However, the diamond cut is still important when it comes to cushion-cut rings; you can choose whether you would prefer an “antique” cushion-cut diamond with defined facets inside or a “crushed-ice” cushion-cut diamond with disorganized sparkles inside.
Clarity — Cushion-cut diamonds do not need to be scrutinized for clarity, which refers to the number of inclusions and blemishes in a stone. Each diamond will have a different amount of these flaws, ranging from SI2 (having the largest amount) to VVS1 (having the least). Because of the shape and cut of cushion diamonds, they will hide most inclusions—especially if you choose the crushed-ice facet style as opposed to the antique style.
Color — When you’re examining diamond choices, ‘color’ actually refers to the absence of color. Diamond color is graded on an alphabetical scale, from D down to Z (with D being a colorless diamond and Z being noticeably yellow). Clean Origin only offers diamonds ranging in color from J to D. More than most diamond shapes, cushion-cut diamonds retain their color. If you decide to go with a cushion-cut engagement ring, a white gold or platinum band would be the best if you are choosing a diamond color lower than ‘H.’
Carat — Cushion-cut diamonds can look slightly larger than their actual carat weight due to their larger facet sizes. They can be made to look even larger by adding a halo to surround the center stone. If a halo doesn’t add enough oomph to your small diamond, a lab grown diamond will save you 20-30% on the price, allowing you to increase carat size without breaking the bank.
Lab Grown Cushion-Cut Diamonds
Lab grown cushion-cut diamonds have identical chemical constructions and appearances to mined diamonds. When comparing the two, you will look for the same qualities in clarity, color, and carat. Both types offer antique or chunky and crushed-ice styles and both square and rectangular shapes. However, lab grown cushion diamonds offer the same qualities as mined diamonds at a 20-30% lower price, empowering you to modify your jewelry and add that extra carat, halo, or pavè diamond while staying within your budget.