Modern ring designs: Square cut engagement rings
Diamond jewelry has been popular for countless of years, and fashion trends have changed from round diamonds to vintage engagement rings with most of today’s women looking for square cut engagement rings. Square cut engagement rings actually refers to a broad range of diamond shapes that include princess cut diamonds, Asscher cut diamonds and cushion cut diamonds. Mounting any of these diamond cuts onto jewelry, you can create your dream square cut engagement rings exactly as you’ve always wanted. Each diamond shape that belongs to the square cut diamond category has a vastly different look and feel, and therefore also comes with different features you need to be aware of when buying loose diamonds.
The beauty of princess cut diamonds
The highly popular princess cut diamonds are beautiful diamonds to create your own square cut engagement rings with. Princess cut diamonds are fancy shape diamonds with a sparkle on par with round diamonds yet available at a much more affordable price. That is because this square cut yields approximately 80% of the original rough diamond, as opposed to the 50% achieved when cutting round diamonds. It is a beautiful choice for square cut engagement rings as the 58 facets give it a deep crushed ice look.
Cushion cut diamonds for the retro-modern engagement ring
In the early 20th century, most square cut engagement rings were mounted with cushion cut diamonds. Although there are more diamond shapes available today, cushion cut diamonds are still very popular. These square cut diamonds have large facets and rounder corners which drastically increase their brilliance. The classic cushion cut diamond has a length-to-width ration of 1.00, or slightly rectangular ranging between 1.10 and 1.20.
Royal Asscher cut diamonds have a sophisticated sparkle
One of the unique square cut diamond shapes, the Asscher cut has a small table, deep pavilion and high crown. Together with its signature feature, the cut corners, the eye is drawn to the center of the diamond. It’s sparkle is just as bright as the round cut diamond and the story behind the cut is one of true royalty. The modern Asscher cut diamond has 74 facets, and antique versions with 58 facets can still be found in antique jewelry stores.
Diamond prices for square cut engagement rings
As square cut diamonds is a category of diamonds, there are different diamond prices for each shape. To see what the diamond prices are based on today’s market, have a look at the diamond price list of wholesale diamonds. It is the price list used by diamond wholesalers across the world to calculate loose diamond prices using the Price Per Carat value. Consult a diamond expert to get accurate wholesale diamond prices for your perfect square cut diamond, and see how you can create your own bespoke diamond engagement rings with the jewelry experts from Diamond Registry.
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Advanced details for square cut diamond engagement rings
The square shape diamond that is the most expensive
There are several square cut diamonds in the diamond market as you’ve read above. From the three square shaped diamonds the princess cut is the most expensive. The diamond prices per carat for a princess cut diamond are higher than a cushion or an Asscher cut diamond.
While all three diamonds are square shape the princess cut diamond is more expensive. The reason? The surface of the princess cut appears larger due to the pointed corners.
The square form that is most popular among engagement rings
While the princess cut diamonds appears to have the largest surface it is not the is the most popular diamond shape for engagement rings. The cushion cut diamond is the most popular among the square cut diamonds, especially set as a center diamond. For example, on Instagram diamond rings of square design that feature a cushion cut as center diamond perform better as they receive more likes, saves and comments.
The cushion cut has an antique, elegant and a warm appearance without being too specific looking like a princess cut diamond. The princess cut diamond is a very specific look that you like or you don’t. The sharp corners and the splintered cut pattern that scatters the light is a look that needs to fit you. In addition, a cushion cut diamond with the same carat weight looks larger than an asscher cut diamond and there are many different types of cushion cuts, making it the overall favorite square shape.
The different types of the cushion cut diamonds
Unlike many other fancy shape diamonds, Asscher, Radiant, Emerald, Oval, Marquise, Heart, the cushion cut diamond offer a number of types as it involves a different pattern of facet alignments. So, when you are getting a cushion cut diamond, you have several different types of cushion cut diamonds to choose from. The cushion types can be grouped in two groups, modified and antique.
The cushion modified brilliant
The cushion modified > crushed ice
On the diamond market this is the most popular cushion type and 98% of all cushion cut diamonds listed exhibit this cutting. The reason why this cushion type is dominating the market is that this variation in its final polished form will lose the least carat when cutting from a rough diamond. In addition, the cushion crushed ice is created to have maximum brilliance while retaining the most weight.
This modified diamond received the term “crushed ice” because the appearance of the center under LED lights sparkles and twinkles like ice. The appearing movement in the diamond on each side gives it the name crushed ice.
TIP: Cushion cut diamonds that are crushed ice should have depth that is 69.9 to 62% as 70+ will create too much depth below the girdle and that means that the customer is paying for diamond that cannot been seen.
The cushion modified > X factor
This diamond cut receives its name as the appearance has an “X” appearance in the center. However, the X factor cushion diamond has a similar diagram as the crushed ice cushion as they both have been lengthened. That is why in gemological terms both diamonds are called modified brillants.
To create this diamond cut more weight will be lost than the modified crushed ice type of cushion. That is why the cost of a similar cushion in terms of weight, color and clarity will have a higher diamond price.
TIP: Cushion cut diamonds that are X factor should have depth that is 60-66% to have the maximum opportunity of display by brilliance.
The antique cushion cut diamond
- The antique cushion cut diamond – Old mine brilliant
Like the name says the antique style cushion cut diamond dates back to the creation of cushion cut diamonds. However, the cushiony or pillow look of the diamond is still popular and has increased in demand over the years.
This old mine cushion cut is brilliant with large pavilion facets, medium to large culet, tables are lower than 53% and the crown angle statement of 40% or greater. The GIA shares that any diamond that have tables lower than 53% or crown angle statement of 40% or greater can be defined as a old miner brilliant.
Popular square cut engagement ring styles
Everyone has its own taste when it comes to engagement rings, as everyone is different. However there are some engagement rings that are most popular in the market. Below several square cut engagement rings settings that are popular. Which one you like best is of course all up to you.
Cushion cut engagement rings
Asscher cut engagement rings
Princess cut engagement rings