Cushion cut Diamond

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The cushion cut diamond has been used for almost 200 years and combines a square cut with rounded corners that looks like a pillow.

Diamonds have beautiful and unique features and are the hardest natural substance known to man. Due to their brilliant features and historical social significance, they are always in demand. Diamonds are made into various cuts; one undated cut is the cushion cut. 

The cushion cut diamond, formerly referred to as the old mine, combines a square cut with rounded corners, giving an appearance that looks like a pillow. Hence, the name “cushion cut”. The cushion cut has been used for almost 200 years. It was a de facto diamond shape until the early 20th century. Recently, the cushion cut diamond has become the top choice worldwide for engagement rings amongst middle class couples. 

 

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Cushion cut diamonds vary in shape and dimensions depending on the proportions of the cutter. They are also commonly used in fashion to create an elegant and classic look—fashion pieces like diamond earrings and tennis bracelets. 

 

Types of Cushion cut Diamonds 

A cushion cut diamond has some distinctive features: round edges, square/rectangular shape, antique/vintage feel and look, and brilliant cut style. Famously non for being a popular amongst royalty and high-class individuals. There are four main types of cushion cut diamonds: 

  • Old Mine Cut Cushions are the pioneers of today’s cushion cut gems. They are known for their geometric facets, high crown, larger culet, and deep pavilion, which weigh more than other cushion cut diamonds. Old mine cushions date back to the 1700s. 

Old Mine Cut Cushions

  • Brilliant Cut Cushions came after the old mine. They have facets that extend towards the outer edge from the stone center, excellent brilliance, and total diamond’s light return. They are the most expensive and more prominent in diameter. 

Brilliant Cut Cushions

  • Modified Brilliant Cut “Crushed Ice” is a new cushion cut. It sparkles to give a shimmer similar to sparkling water. Crushed ice has shorter star facets compared to brilliant cuts and old mine.  

Modified Brilliant Cut “Crushed Ice”

They are the most common faceting style because it saves the most original diamond crystal. More bottom-heavy and may look smaller compared to other cuts of the same carat size. 

 

  • Modified Brilliant Cut “Hybrid” is the newest developed cut. It is called “hybrid” because it combines the faceted style of “crushed ice” and brilliant cushion patterns of facet. They have a much larger look for their carat size and are similar to the brilliant cushion. 

 

Manufacturers use these four cushion cuts to create a variety of popular diamond jewellery such as earrings and studs,  custom-made tennis bracelets and matching wedding rings. 

Cushion cut Diamond Price 

First of all, we recommend you purchase your diamond jewellery collections from reputable diamond jewellers in your area. Purchasing overseas or outside your state can make it difficult if you need their services, or if something goes wrong with your purchase.  

Just like most diamonds, the price of cushion cut diamonds depend on various factors. These factors include carat weight, 3Cs (colour, cut, and clarity), and your chosen setting style. 

Cushion cut Diamond Price

You should expect to pay around $3,500 and an additional $500-$1500 setting fee for a 1 Carat, grade H colour, and SI1 clarity cushion cut diamond. This is an average quality diamond. 

You can save money by choosing a lower grade diamond by compromising on weight, clarity and colour. A ½ carat with H/SI1 grades should cost you between $700 and $1000. At the same time, a 2 carat cushion cut can range from $17,000-$19,000. The beauty of buying a diamond is that you can get a big one for less if you don’t care to compromise on things like clarity, cut and colour. Which sometimes these cost influencing factors are invisible to the naked eye. 

Is cushion or round diamond cut better? 

Round cut and cushion cut are beautiful and popular choices for your diamond jewellery. But how do you know which one to choose? Let us compare the two cuts using various features. Below are some features to understand their differences: 

 

  • Style: Cushion cut diamonds are unique and vintage-styled, while round cut diamonds are classic and have typical diamond shapes. The choice between the two depends on your personal preference. If you love a romantic and vintage look, go with a cushion cut diamond.  

 

  • Sparkle: Round and cushion cut diamonds have a different shine. This is because of the way light rays are reflected from their surface. The sparkle emitted from a diamond is called scintillation. Round diamonds have a higher amount of scintillation, but due to the more prominent facets of cushion cut diamonds they are superior in terms of fire (the rainbow colour affect that you see in a diamond). Many people prefer the high fire of cushion cut diamonds as oppose to the high scintillation round diamonds offer. 

 

  • Price: Round diamonds are typically the most expensive diamond type. They are more costly than cushion diamonds because they are popular, high in demand, and produce more diamond waste during manufacturing.  

 

You can expect about 25% to 50% decrease in price for a cushion cut diamond with the same carat and weight as another round cut diamond. 

 

Best Setting for a Cushion cut Ring 

Engagement rings or wedding rings are what you wear for a long time. So, choosing the best setting to improve the diamond that suits you and your partner’s style is essential. Here are some best settings for a cushion cut diamond: 

  • The Halo Setting: Smaller diamonds surround the center stone, which gives a stunning look. The Halo setting is an excellent way to maximize your budget because It makes your ring look bigger than its actual size.  

 

  • The Solitaire Setting: This classic design focuses on the sparkling cushion cut. It draws the eye to the center diamond. The solitaire setting is simple and is a more affordable setting styles. Meaning you can use more money to get a bigger center diamond. 

Solitaire-Side Cushion cut diamond

  • The Micro Pavé Setting: This is a setting designed for maximum sparkle, elegance, and simplicity. It features four delicate claws that cradle the cushion cut diamond, allowing light to enter the diamond at all angles. Maximizing both the fire effect and scintillation. 

The Micro Pavé Setting

  • The Double Halo Setting: To make your diamond look as big as possible, two halos of sparkling diamonds surround the center stone. It creates an extra brilliance, character and fire to your ring.  

 

  • The Split Shank Setting: This illuminates the elegant and soft shape of the cushion diamond. It is a perfect setting if you want a sleek, sparkly, and eye-catching look. 

The Split Shank Setting

  • The Hidden Halo Setting: This setting is the best choice if you love subtle sparkle. A diamond accent halo sits below the cushion cut diamond, barely visible from the top. 
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