The cut – what’s its most striking detail, best part, maybe not so best part!
The beautiful cushion cut indeed looks super modern and eclectic in a lab diamond engagement ring. But its origins are literally a century old, going back to the 19th century when women knew it as the ‘mine cut’. It was later christened to a pillow cut or the now famous cushion cut. A famous cushion cut is literally like a square cushion with rounded corners. The name ‘mine cut’ came from the famous Brazilian mines from where the stone was unearthed. They came to be known as the “old mines” after diamonds were discovered in South Africa, as well.
They are blessed with large faced that award a diamond its luster and shine. The cushion cut unlike the princess cut gives the soft edges feel. Essentially considered a fancy-cut, the cushion cut diamonds are therefore considered less expensive than the round brilliant cut diamond any day; literally a 25 percent less than round-cut diamonds of the same carat weight and quality. The popularity of this cut let jewelers introduce more facets- from 58 to 64 making it the most desirable form of cut in engagement rings. This beauty of its cut has been introduced to many other precious gemstones like ruby, amethyst, sapphire, topaz, moissanite, to name a few.
But due to the diamonds top positioning of the durability index, it shows off well on lab and mined diamonds equally. Its greatest point of attraction for would-be prides is its alluring romantic cut- the round corners and its large facets that maximize brilliance. They ooze a certain sophistication because of which they are the sort after cut for many celebrity brides as well. Off late, jewelry designers have been using it as a center piece in antique style settings. Also, there is the option of an extra row of facets or half-moon facets to be added for a slightly different look than the traditional cushion cut.
In 2003, Tiffany & Co. introduced a cushion cut diamond into their Legacy collection celebrating the five most iconic engagement ring styles. Since then, it has become an iconic symbol of exuberance.
The latest in trends is milgrain and hand carvings with micro paving to go along with the center piece. Most popular setting is white gold, as it awards this cut the maximum brilliance. While cushion cut diamonds do not sparkle as much as round cut diamonds, they have larger facets, which make them appear larger when viewed from above.
Often confused with princess and asscher even – difference of each diamond cut, add facet details and symmetry that makes them stand out
Many a times, the cushion cut has been seen to be confused with a princess or an asscher cut too. This is a cut that has a personality of its own and speaks volumes of the person who wants to wear it as their center stone of an engagement ring. The main big difference lies in the way the edges are cut between these three design cuts. Unlike the cushion cut, the princess cut has straight edges and sharp corners. Due to the fact that a princess cut has more facets cut-in (57 or 76), it is always going to show up more anomalies and inclusions, unlike the cushion cut that beautifully can hide them.
So, if you are looking for the Very Very Slightly Include to Slightly Included range of lab grown diamonds, its wiser to choose the Cushion cut any day.
Let us remind you that there is a beauty to the round edges of a Cushion Cut. The rounded edges give the square a softer look, and the increased cuts can make it a lot more sparkly than a traditional princess cut. What worked well in the 17century, made a comeback in the 21st century, when jewelry designers started experimenting with its elements of roundness that make the cushion cut look more traditional. Combined with those were geometric lines that keep it modern. Both of these characteristics work together with the 58 facets to make it incredibly brilliant with a lot of fire.
In comparison to the Princess cut, the cushion cut has a grace and femininity to its look. The princess cut misses that mark. It has a pyramid shape with four beveled sides. It usually works for brides who like to make a bold statement without adding too much of womanly charm to their engagement ring. Its presence has not been as old as that of the Cushion cut, and therefore is considered as rather immature design fancy for the young millennials. However, the princess cut has the ability to award your ring with incredible brilliance because it has so many facets.
Even then, a cushion cut costs 20-25 percent less than a round brilliant, a princess cut costs even less to a 30 percent.
When we compare it to the Asscher cut, both can be square in shape, while the Cushion cut can be rectangular too. This cut is also not very old. Created in the 1900s, it is named after the Asscher Brothers of Holland who first produced the diamond shape in 1902. Since then, two separate Asscher cuts have developed; the original, which has 58 facets, and the Royal Asscher Cut, which has 74 facets.
The Asscher cut does not have soft cut edges but actually truncated ones, unlike the cushion cut. When the corners of the diamond are covered with prongs, as they often are in an engagement ring setting, this difference is less noticeable. Here, the center stone is more prone to be caught into clothes are develop scratches or cuts.
The Asscher cut is a more elegant and vintage look to it and costs much more than the cushion cut. However, unlike the brilliant cut like Cushion cut, it does not award brilliant overall light but gives out flashes of white light.
Salient features or recommended cushion cut characteristics … like radiant cuts they can be square or rectangle so include these two also while you highlight proportions
In Cushion cuts, there are two variations to choose from- the crushed ice cushion cut and the chunky cushion cut. Their appearance differs mainly in their faceting pattern. A crushed ice cut cushion will have many tiny facets in the center of the diamond that gives it that crushed ice look, while a chunky cushion cut will have a wider faceting pattern that is more similar to that of a round brilliant cut. In fact, the crushed ice cushion cut is literally a disorganized space of sparkling bling. And the chunky cushion cut is much more called the ‘antique’ cut as well.
Both have their beauty to offer. Like a radiant cut, their best feature is the beauty, love and opulence that their cut provides to the wearer. Due to its unique shape, the depth to length ratio is something you should keep in mind, while selecting your diamond.
The chunky cushion version uses higher quality diamonds but awards less fire. So, if you wish to save somewhat on your center piece, choose the crushed ice version instead. The cushion cut looks incredible in the halo and solitaire setting or complimented with accent diamonds. Whether it is a 2-carat cushion cut diamond or a 4-carat cushion cut diamond, the most practical setting is four-prong. This setting ensures the stone will remain in place for the longest period of time possible.
Some very well-known celebrities got themselves hitched with cushion cut diamonds to be spotted in the engagement rings. Kim Kardashian West, Leighton Meester, Meghan Markle, Molly Sims, Giuliana Rancic, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Garner, Mena Suvari, Jessica Biel, Iggy Azalea, and Ivaka Trump are just a few of them.
Who should buy a cushion cut diamond and who should not (expectations the stone can live upto and what it cannot)
As soft and romantic the Cushion cut is, it also guarantees to hold the fancy colors in it. This is a good option if you are looking at a stone of a carat and above. A four-pronged setting works best for a cushion cut while a six prong is used for larger carat rectangular diamonds too.
This is the ideal method to hold the diamond in place and protect its setting. The lab grown diamonds in this cut look stunning in pinks, yellow and browns. Because this cut has large facets too, it will highlight any inclusions or blemishes in a diamond or gemstone. Unlike the round brilliant, this therefore does not always hide imperfections well. If you are going for a large carat stone, better to look for premium quality lab grown diamond as a lower range may disappoint you. Usually, jewelers recommend VVS to SI lab grown diamonds in a minimum H color grade.
If you are looking for great fire and luster, then this is not the cut for you. But if you are looking at making a sophisticated fashion statement, the cushion cut in a halo or solitaire setting will never let you down. With a delicate array of accent stones, your cushion cut can give you the radiance that is unmatched to any other. It also adds volume to the bring and makes it look larger. In the halo setting, you could go a few notches below on the grade, as all eyeballs stop on the center stone.
With the halo setting, you can be rest assured of an additional buffer for security that prevents the center stone from accidental damage. Go for a split shank setting with a Cushion cut halo engagement ring, and voila, the love is all yours. Another great thing about this setting is that, the accent could be beautifully matched in varied colors to suit the charm of your center stone. Best is to check with a premium jewelry designer who can give you expert advice on best settings in your budget.
You could also choose a simple band with a pave setting too. Keeping your budget in mind, the cushion cut stone here oozes charm without too much glitter and glam, that a round brilliant is famous for. Ideal setting is white gold or platinum. Something that has come back into fashion and rings a sentimental bell in the hearts of the millennials is the antique looks. A popular style chosen is the Vintage Flower Diamond Engagement Ring with a halo setting designed in a flower pattern that makes the center stone look considerably large. You could compliment it with either a single row or a double row of pave stones on the shank, if you wish to add to the glamour.
While the white gold setting definitely brings back the attention on the center stone, if you choose yellow gold, that is going to bring a certain kind of warmth and traditionality to your Cushion cut halo engagement ring. It works well for those who really want to personalize their ring and prefer an heirloom vibe to this piece of jewelry. Yellow gold also works well if your center stone has tints of yellow to it.
You might choose something that fits your personal style and budget that you choose a lab grown diamond of the I or J grade, significantly bringing down the cost of the central piece. This way, you can opt for a larger stone. Though the color on these stones is faint, a yellow gold setting will diminish any lingering tint. That means this setting can actually make your stone appear whiter too. Believe us, it isn’t magic, just good designing at play. Another look doing rounds is a Cushion cut halo engagement ring with baguette diamonds lined on the flanks. The halo can comprise round cut diamonds of less than a carat to accentuate the center stone. In this setting, you could downplay the size of the center diamond too as the whole setting makes the center stone look a few degrees larger than it is actually might be.
The classiness of a solitaire is evergreen. It is a tried and tested sophisticated ring design that can never go out of fashion. If you are of the kinds, who will wish to wear your Cushion cut engagement ring all the time, this is a cut for you. A luster and style added to the band, accentuates the look of the cushion cut diamond in the center. Choose the color and grade according to your personal liking and an experienced jewelry designer will be able to suggest trendy designs to complete your look. While many brides like to have multiple engagement rings, if you are of the kind, you is satisfied with one significantly expensive personalized one, choose the Cushion Cut Solitaire Engagement ring setting for yourself.
What you could save on the diamond, can be easily invested into a white, gold or rose gold setting. While it can be a challenge to know everything about a diamond you want to purchase, we have some pointers to share that can help you make a sensible well-informed buy.
- Always look for symmetry in your center stone’s outline. We mean that you look at the sides and corners and ensure they can mirror each other. Idea is all the sides should have the same amount of curve, to avoid an off-shape.
- Ensure the girdle is not too thin. This can lead to easy chipping. In a cushion cut, the girdle will always vary in thickness: the girdle at the corners will be thicker than the girdle between corners. It is wise to choose a bezel setting, rather than use the prongs. This will always prevent the girdle from damage.
- A cushion cut is known for its royalty cut quotient more than the sparkle and fire. There is a certain sophistication that comes with this cut. So, if you are not sure what you want, ensure you see some loose stones yourself. You could also choose the 360degree whole view advantage that a lot of online brands now offer to ensure you can view the diamond of your choice, in the safety of your space.
If you were to choose between the two royalty diamond shapes of oval and cushion cut, the latter is a more cost-effective option. The oval has the celebrity status of having dressed the crown of the Queen mother of England. Like the round brilliant, the oval is also considered a ‘brilliant cut’ simply because this cut falls under the category of diamond cuts that were designed to maximize on brilliance. An oval diamond that is cut well will have a tiny bowtie or none at all. Such finesse and cutting need incredible precision and therefore come at a cost as well.
Let’s look at a price comparison in Lovbe. A 14k gold setting for an oval center diamond in a solitaire setting costs somewhat close to what a cushion cut would. But the promise of exuberance is much more with the latter.
An IGI certified cushion cut lab grown diamond with an excellent cut grade, a color F grade with an VS1 clarity grade cost $2634. In comparison, an oval cut diamond of the same parameters cost $ 2589. The cost difference isn’t huge; but the look and feel would make a sea of a difference.