Cushion Cut Diamonds

September 05, 2015

If you have been keeping up with our blog, then by now you are well versed in the four C’s of diamonds, as well as some of the main differences in different types of metals (aside from color). We know what a big decision buying an engagement ring is, for that reason, lately; we have been reviewing some of the more popular shapes of diamonds and highlighting the reason why they are popular. In the last couple of weeks we have reviewed both the round brilliant cut diamond as well as the princess cut diamond. In this blog, we are going to be looking at what is referred to as the cushion cut – somewhat of a hybrid between these two different cuts of diamonds.

For quite some time, the hunt for cushion cut diamonds was a bit of a challenge. For the most part until recently, it was nearly impossible to find cushion cut diamonds outside of auctions and estate sales. Recently however, cushion cut diamonds have had a huge increase in popularity and are currently one of the more sought after cuts of diamonds.

The cushion cut diamond is essentially a square (princess cut diamond) that has rounded edges. However, the cushion cut diamond is a spin on the “Old Mine Cut” which was quite popular in the 19th and 20th century and the current oval shape diamond. The Old Mine Cut diamond is also known as a candlelight diamond which in a reference to when diamonds sparkled by candles before electricity.

Because cushion cut diamonds have larger facets, it is very important to consider the cut of the diamond before you purchase it. As you are probably very familiar with by now, the cut of the diamond is what determines the sparkle and brilliance. A cushion cut diamond that is poorly cut, will not have much fire and sparkle. Our advice is that if you are selecting a cushion cut diamond, it is very important not to skimp on the quality of the cut.

If you have any questions about cushion cut diamond – or any shape of diamond for that matter, we invite you to stop by our store and get your questions answered. We would be more than pleased to explain the various traits to look for in each shape of diamond and help you find the shape of diamond that is perfect for you! We hope to see you soon!