Down on One Knee with a Cushion

Cushion cut diamond

Cushion cut diamonds and the perfect proposal

In today’s blog we are going to look at the Cushion cut diamond— an elegantly refined shape of diamond, the perfect choice for anyone searching for a diamond cut less sought by the masses. In other words, a refined choice suiting the diamond connoisseur.

The cushion cut diamond has a genuinely vintage feel. It is neither square, nor circular. Cushion cut diamonds retain the same level of subtle beauty and classic charm as the sophisticated Carré cut, but with a fire and sparkle that makes it a more lively stone.

Set into a considered ring setting, it provides an altogether vintage feel, achieved by very few cuts of diamond. Today, we are seeing a re-emergence of classic styles including antique and Edwardian designs.

Modern jewellery designs, materials, beautifully combined with an old-age feel that injects individuality and classical charm into a ring.

Cushion cut halo engagement ring

Cushion cut diamond halo engagement ring, styled faithfully on the vintage solitaire designs, featuring a wedding ring friendly setting.
 

Alternative to Victorian cut diamonds

Older styles of diamond cut do not always offer the same level of brilliance, owing to the irregularity of the diamond proportions, with deeper cut stones being fairly typical. A large culet is an obvious indicator of these older styles. One of the forerunners of the modern cushion cut was the Old Mine Cut, a proportionately deeper diamond, found in many genuine antique pieces of diamond set jewellery. Many better colour and clarity round ‘Old Cut’ diamonds are re-cut into modern round brilliant cuts. A small proportion of the carat weight can be sacrificed for a nicely proportioned diamond achieving a higher price when sold on the world diamond market.

What is a Cushion cut diamond?

The cushion cut diamond can be both ‘square’ (i.e. equal measurements length x width) but also slightly rectangular. The diamond typically has 58 facets and gains the name from the similar appearance to a pillow, by way of the outline of the shape. Most modern cushion cuts exhibit the more refined brilliant faceting, and the larger culets that were once common, are now seldom seen. Overall the brilliance and fire is much improved in the examples we see today, and less of the Antique stones are in circulation. We have found the most demand exists for diamond solitaire engagement rings, with Cushion sizes between 0.50cts and 1.00cts.

What to look out for in a Cushion cut engagement ring

If you are planning a proposal, or choosing a ring with your partner, then selecting a suitable Cushion cut diamond can be trickier than you might initially think. Ensure that your jeweller is aware of any preferences you might have. Deeper cut stones will carry a higher carat weight, but this will be held in the depth of the diamond, and less of the diamond will be visible in the setting. A symmetrical diamond with a good spread (but not too shallow) will present a good size. Avoid shapes that have large rounded corners, since the true beauty of this cut will be lost. You ideally want to see the squareness of the diamond, but to also notice the rounded corners.

Advice on choosing the setting

As with any diamond with characteristic cut or polished corners, the shape can be lost when smaller diamonds are covered at each corner with heavy rounded claws or prongs. Small rounded claws are advisable wherever possible, but with larger diamonds, custom made settings, with fine, but wider curved claws will pronounce the rounded corners. Alternatively full bezel settings that follow the outline of the diamond will define the beauty of the shape. We firmly believe that with many settings, less is certainly more, so keep things simple and concentrate on the diamond, with simple engagement ring styles.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.