The What Who When Why How of Cushion Cut Engagement Rings

WHAT are cushion cut engagement rings?

If you’re looking for an elegant engagement ring that will truly stand the test of time, a cushion cut style is a beautiful and unique choice. For those who can’t settle on a round or a princess, a cushion cut provides the perfect compromise. Sometimes referred to as a “pillow cut”, the soft rounded corners lend this shape a gentler, more romantic feeling as opposed to the more edgy/modern princess cut. Cushions can be cut into either a square or a rectangular shape and in a way that allows them to maintain their signature “puffy” appearance. Though they may not be as brilliant as the round cut diamond, cushion cuts create a soft captivating glow that pairs perfectly with vintage style settings while looking equally as elegant in a clean modern setting.

WHO would love a cushion cut engagement ring?

Brides who value tradition, romance and sophistication are often drawn to cushion cut engagement rings. Though its history spans almost 300 years, cushion cuts have graced and continue to grace the hands of many famous ladies, having become more popular among celebrities in the last decade including Ivanka Trump, Jennifer Garner, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Biel, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel and Giuliana Rancic to name a few.

WHEN did cushion cut engagement rings become popular?

Cushion cut diamonds have a rich history dating back over three hundred years. In fact, they are one of the oldest fancy cut diamond shapes and were a popular style in the nineteenth century as the old mine cut. The old mine cut has gone through several updates and transitions with modern cutting methods that led to the modern cushion cut. Although cushion cut stones were once difficult to find, they have risen in popularity and have become more widely available.

TABLE - Smaller in old mine cut vs. larger in modern cushion cut
TABLE - Smaller in old mine cut vs. larger in modern cushion cut
PAVILION - Open culet in the old mine cut vs. no culet in the modern cushion cut
PAVILION - Open culet in the old mine cut vs. no culet in the modern cushion cut
SIDE PROFILE - Higher crown and deeper pavilion in an old mine cut vs. a lower crown and more shallow pavilion in the modern cushion cut
SIDE PROFILE - Higher crown and deeper pavilion in an old mine cut vs. a lower crown and more shallow pavilion in the modern cushion cut

WHY choose cushion cut engagement rings?

Event though, rounds are the most popular and remain the number one choice for brides due to their unmatched brilliance, a cushion is a great option for a woman who wants a unique, more vintage feel center stone. Additionally, as is the case with all fancy cut diamonds, a cushion cut stone will cost roughly 25% less than its round counterpart. This is due to the fact that a cushion cut has larger facets than a round diamond, making it appear slightly bigger from its top view; though it’s notable that it will not sparkle quite as much as a round cut. When cutting a rough stone, a jeweler loses more during the shaping of a round diamond, so the cost of each carat retained is higher. Great news for those on a budget who still want a larger center stone for their engagement ring.

REED, Round Cut vs Cushion Cut

HOW many options are available for cushion cut engagement rings?

Being that their shapes are very close to rounds, there are unlimited cushion cut setting options.  These include solitaires with various setting options such as 4 prong, double 4 prong, or bezel, halo, double halo, 3 stone and 3 stone halo settings.  Cushions can stand on their own in a solitaire setting or be set inside a complimenting halo. Whichever your choice, cushions have proven to stand the test of time and continue to be a popular choice for the twenty-first century bride. Our most popular cushion cut engagement ring styles are vintage-inspired, three-stone and halo.

CALLIOPE, Vintage Inspired
ALOISE, Three Stone
CARLY, Halo

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