What Are Cushion-Cut Engagement Rings?
Cushion-cut diamonds have been one of the most popular choices for engagement rings for centuries. These prevalent diamonds feature large facets that maximize brilliance. Its rounded angles create a soft, romantic feel.
A cushion-cut diamond is a popular choice for those seeking an engagement ring with an antique cut. One of these beauties will make the perfect offering of love.
Versatile as they are gorgeous, cushion-cut engagement rings are stunning, whether in one of our intricate halo settings or left to shine alone in a solitaire.
How Much is a Cushion-Cut Engagement Ring?
As with any diamond engagement ring, the price of cushion-cut engagement rings will depend heavily on various factors. They include the 4Cs, style of ring, type of precious metal, and more. With this in mind, a 1-carat cushion-cut diamond at Clean Origin can cost anywhere between $759 and $1,781.
Tips for Buying a Cushion-Cut Engagement Ring
Cushion-cut engagement rings are a timeless classic primarily because of their effortless simplicity. Nevertheless, you will still have a few things to consider and compare.
Here are some things to pay close attention to when customizing your cushion-cut engagement ring, as well as some advice for making sure you are happy with this timeless gemstone shape.
You'll see clearly defined large facet patterns when you look down into the table of “chunky” cushion-cut diamonds. It resembles the look that a round diamond achieves and is often called an “antique” cushion cut.
When you look down into “crushed-ice” cushion-cut diamonds, you will see what looks like broken glass (or crushed ice)— disorganized, sparkling bling. Either style will look gorgeous on your partner's ring finger, but it’s up to you to compare and decide which look you prefer.
A crushed-ice cushion will hide most inclusions. If you’re interested in the antique look that has a more transparent appearance, you may want to go for more clarity. But, like always, let your eye—and heart—guide your decision. And if you need to request outside assistance, contact a jewelry consultant for a virtual appointment.
More than most diamond cuts, especially round-cut diamonds, cushion-cut diamonds retain their color. If you’re planning on setting your diamond in white gold or platinum, stick to H color or higher. For other types of bands, let your eye for your style shop for you.
Although the traditional cushion-cut diamond has a length-to-width ratio of 1.00, it can also be found in rectangular shapes. Currently, the 1.1–1.2 length-to-width ratio is the popular choice, though you should let your and your significant other’s personal jewelry preferences dictate your final choice.
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 into this timeless gemstone shape.
Over time, cushion-cut diamonds underwent various changes to maximize brilliance. Alterations included developing a larger table and a smaller culet.
Initially, cushions lacked the standards of modern cuts, so they came in many variations, but all shared the same basic structure. These “mine-cut” cushion diamonds eventually gave way to the contemporary cushion-cut we know and love today.
These updates have helped the cushion-cut diamond retain an antique yet modern look that makes cushion-cut engagement rings endearing even today.
Celebrities with Cushion-Cut Engagement Rings
The timeless gemstone shape, quality, and undeniable elegance of cushion-cut engagement rings have made them the ring of choice for many well-known celebrities. Here are a few examples of famous women who opted for a cushion-cut engagement ring.
Leighton Meester — A gift from husband Adam Brody, Leighton’s 4-carat, cushion-cut diamond is surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds. A trendy rose gold band jazzes up Leighton’s timeless diamond.
Gabrielle Union — Gabrielle’s 8.5-carat cushion-cut engagement ring was a gift from her husband, Dwyane Wade. Estimated to cost $1 million, Jason of Beverly Hills created the ring with Dwayne’s input.
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, her candlelight diamond is worth anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million.