A hybrid of the modern round brilliant and old European cuts, there are a variety of cushion-cut diamond patterns. From antique to more modern versions, each produces a distinctive effect. They all tend to be characterized, however, by large facets and rounded edges, which produce a soft, romantic style.
When it comes to selecting a cushion-cut diamond – perhaps more so than with any other shape – your personal preferences are what really count. Some are more square, while others are rectangular. Some will have a much larger facet than others. With each diamond, you will want to judge its quality grades by their own merit. For example, a cushion-cut diamond with a larger facet may require a higher clarity grade, as any inclusions will be more visible when viewing the diamond from its top.
Different facet patterns will also create distinctive patterns of fire across the diamond’s surface. Smaller facets will give a crushed ice effect, with smaller fiery rays. Alternatively, a diamond with larger facets will produce broader flashes of brilliance. Both are stunning – it’s up to you to decide which is ideal.
Because of the wide variety found across cushion-cuts, it is very important that you see the actual diamond before choosing to buy. If shopping online, request real diamond imagery so you can check which style of cushion-cut you are considering. A free in-store preview of your loose diamond or cushion-cut set in an engagement ring, allows you to be sure that you love it before making a purchase. Look for generous return policies that allow you to change your mind even after payment.
Do you love cushion-cut diamonds? Which is your favorite type?