Cushion-cut diamond engagement rings are popular for a variety of reasons. Cushion-cut stones' unique shape and rounded corners increase facet size, resulting in an elegant and sophisticated sparkle. These stones are classic and versatile, looking equally good solitaire as they do in a halo or three-stone setting. Furthermore, no two cushion-cut diamonds are alike. Some rocks are rounder in shape, while others are more square in shape, and some are even oval in shape.
What Does the Cushion Cut Mean?
Cushion cuts are distinguished by their rounded corners and 58 brilliant-style facets that resemble pillow shapes. Brides-to-be have preferred them since the nineteenth century.
The Cushion Cut's History
This cut, which dates back to the 18th century, was once known as the "mine cut" after the Brazilian miners who cut these diamonds by hand. The cushion cut was extremely popular in the nineteenth century, when it was used to cut most gemstones, not just diamonds. (In fact, the famous "Tiffany diamond" is cushion-cut!)
This diamond cut, despite being refined, is often regarded as antique and speaks to old-world style due to its popularity during a previous era. Many modern cushion-cut diamonds have 64 facets rather than the original 58.
Pros and Cons of Cushion-Cut Diamonds
The cushion-cut diamond is one of the most traditional and well-known diamond shapes. One of the most unique characteristics of the cushion-cut diamond is the variety of ways it can be cut, resulting in a wide range of appearances. From elongated and square, sharp and defined, to soft and pillowy, cushion-cuts allow for versatility and the ability to select a ring that aligns with the bride's personal style.
Keep in mind that this cut will not create the illusion of a larger stone for the bride who believes bigger is better. Cushions in square shapes appear smaller than cushions in other shapes. In order to combat this characteristic, her clients frequently request elongated cushion shapes. They are, however, extremely difficult to find, and your options may be limited.
What to Look for in a Cushion-Cut Diamond
How do I know if the ring is of high quality?
As with any diamond, quality is important. The importance of clean cuts and clarity, as well as any authenticity certifications, cannot be overstated. Cushion-cut diamonds, on the other hand, are distinctive in several ways. Because of the way they're cut, these diamonds have a softer glow than other styles, so if you want a shinier look, choose a diamond with more facets. It is also important to ensure that the four corners are as identical as possible.
What settings complement a cushion-cut stone the best?
Cushion-cuts are ideal for vintage-inspired settings, but they also look great in more contemporary settings such as east-west, two-stone, and double-band. Because of the rounded edges, this style is softer, and while it looks great in platinum or white gold, it can also shine in a romantic rose gold setting or mixed-metal ring.
How to Care for a Cushion-Cut Diamond
With any diamond cut, remove your engagement ring before activities that include contact with dirt, water, or sweat. This will both protect the setting and diamond and help keep it clean.
Getting into the habit of maintaining a regular ring care routine is the best way to ensure long-lasting shine. Clean your diamond once a week with jewelry cleaner, such as our Foam Jewelry Cleaner, or scrub with a soft toothbrush and warm water and dish soap. Make sure you get under your diamond to remove any dirt that has become trapped.
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