History of Cushion-Cut Engagement Rings
Originating from an antique cut called the “candlelight diamond,” the cushion-cut has been around for nearly 200 years—and was the engagement ring cut of choice for a century. In the nineteenth century, because of its popularity, the cushion-cut was not limited to diamonds; most gemstones were cut in the eternally adored shape.
Over time, cushion-cut diamonds went through various changes, such as improved brilliance, a larger table, and a smaller culet. Originally, cushions lacked the standards of modern cuts, so they came in many variations, but all sharing the same basic structure. These “mine-cut” cushion diamonds eventually gave way to the modern cushion-cut that we know and love today. These updates have helped the cushion-cut diamond retain an antique yet modern look — one that makes cushion-cut engagement rings simply timeless.
Celebrities with Cushion-Cut Engagement Rings
The ageless quality and undeniable elegance of a cushion-cut diamond engagement ring has made it the ring of choice for many well-known celebrities. Here are just a few examples of the famous women who have opted for a cushion-cut engagement ring.
Miley Cyrus — While Miley’s relationship status has been a mystery for a while now, the ring Liam Hemsworth gave to her is definitely a stunner. The 3.5 carat cushion-cut diamond rests in a 18k yellow gold band that features delicate art nouveau details.
Kim Kardashian West — Kanye West didn’t hold back for his superstar wife. Kim’s engagement ring, estimated at $2 million is a 15 carat, flawless, elongated cushion-cut diamond from jeweler Lorraine Schwartz.
Leighton Meester — A gift from husband Adam Brody, Leighton’s 4 carat, cushion-cut diamond is surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds. Leighton’s timeless diamond is jazzed up by a trendy rose gold band.
Gabrielle Union — Gabrielle’s 8.5 carat, cushion-cut diamond was a gift from hubby Dwyane Wade. Estimated to cost $1 million, the ring was created, with Dwayne’s input, by Jason of Beverly Hills.
Meghan Markle — Prince Harry’s stunning gift to Meghan features a 3 carat, cushion-cut diamond—but that’s not all. He also included side diamonds that belonged to his mother, Princess Diana. With that royal influence, the ring is worth anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million.
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