What Is A Cushion Cut Diamond?
Background to the Cushion Cut Diamond
Originally known as the mine cut, the Cushion Diamond is every bit as opulent as its new title suggests, with its modified – and more apt – name heralding from its square shape with delicately rounded corners, resembling a pillow.
The Cushion Cut Diamond combines an antique feel with modern performance. A classic and extremely popular diamond cut, some of the world’s most famous diamonds are Cushion Cut, including the renowned Hope Diamond.
Cushion Cut vs other Diamonds
Similar to the emerald diamond, cushion cut stones have the same fire qualities and the ability to reflect breathtaking flashes of light.
Cushion diamonds can appear bigger than a round diamond thanks to their larger facets but they are usually around 25% cheaper – this is down to the fact that when a round diamond is shaped more of the stone is lost, so the cost of each carat retained is higher.
The cushion cut diamond has been around for nearly 200 years and is still one of the top 5 most frequently purchased diamond shapes today. Unlike other modern cut diamonds, the cushion cut diamond transmits and reflects light in chunkier patterns. Due to its extra facets, this diamond cut disperses more light through the stone acting to hide inclusions - its major selling point.
The Modified Cushion Cut
There are two types of cushion cut diamonds – standard and modified. The differences between these are quite technical but, put simply, standard cushions are the original classic cutting styles with fewer but larger facets, whilst modified cushions are a modern variation with many more facets.
The effect on the overall appearance of the stone is minimal but it is important to be aware of both if you are exploring the option of a cushion cut diamond.
A popular setting for this diamond cut is the halo. This complements the cushion cut diamond as it is both vintage and modern, creating a romantic yet contemporary appearance.
An Cushion Cut Diamond can form the centrepiece of any Solitaire, Halo or Trilogy setting. Go to our diamond search engine and select 'Cushion' in the shape section to see what we currently have available.
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