Cushion cut diamonds continue to maintain their position as one of the most popular diamond shapes year after year, and there is a good reason for this!
Cushion cut diamonds have a shape that resembles a pillow and are known for their dazzling sparkle as well as their ultra-feminine, soft, and delicate qualities. A long-lasting impression has been made on brides and brides-to-be by this cut due to the soft shape of the cut as well as the substantial surface area that is exposed on the finger.
Even famous people have caught on to the beauty of this center stone cut, with mega-celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Priyanka Chopra, and British royalty Meghan Markle showing off stunning cushion cut diamond center stones on their dainty fingers. Celebrities have even caught on to the beauty of this center stone cut.
So, what is it about this gemstone cut that makes it so appealing? What characteristics should you search for when purchasing cushion center stones? In this extensive article on cushion cut diamonds, we cover all of your most pressing questions and provide answers to each one.
The Cushion cut Diamond
Cushion cut diamonds have been around for as long as diamonds themselves have been cut, but modern versions of the cut (with the exception of antique cushion diamonds) are the result of technological advancements and the refinement of techniques used to cut diamonds.
The hallmark of a cushion cut diamond is its square or rectangular outline that is softly rounded at the corners, giving the stone the appearance of being stuffed with a pillow. The faceting of a modified brilliant cushion cut diamond places an emphasis on the diamond's brilliance and sparkle, while also effectively hiding the diamond's color and any imperfections.
The brilliant cut, the antique cut, also known as the "old mine cut," and the crushed ice cut are the three different types of cuts that can be used to create a cushion cut diamond. Each of these cuts gives the diamond a slightly different overall appearance.
Cushion cut Styles
The only type of diamond shape that can be fashioned into a variety of different cuts is the cushion cut diamond. Those individuals who like the brilliance of the round cut but would rather not pay the premium price for a round diamond will find this to be an extremely appealing alternative. These individuals include those who might like the shape of a cushion but would prefer an aesthetic that is more vintage-looking (the antique cut).
The brilliant cut, the antique cut, and the crushed ice cut are the three primary variations of the cushion cut that are available to choose from. Not only in terms of outward appearance, but also in terms of brilliance and overall aesthetic, each cut style is unmistakably one of a kind.
The Brilliant Cut
At Diamond Registry, we pride ourselves on being experts in the brilliant cut, and our showroom features a comprehensive collection of brilliant cushion cut diamonds.
Brilliant cushions, which are cut in a manner analogous to that of the brilliant round, have large and crisp facets that interact intricately with natural light to produce an abundance of sparkle. The brilliant cut faceting technique distributes weight evenly across the surface of the diamond, which improves the way the gemstone looks when viewed from the front. The end result is a center stone that has the appearance of being significantly larger than a step-cut diamond, radiant cut diamond, or princess cut diamond of the same carat weight.
In addition, brilliant cuts exhibit a whiter appearance when viewed from the front. The appearance of a brilliant cushion cut diamond with a GIA color grade of I or J is most similar to that of a diamond with a color grade of G or H. If you take advantage of this feature, you will be able to get the most out of your engagement ring budget by selecting a lower color grade and allocating more money toward the carat size or setting style of your diamond, if you so choose.
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