Cushion cuts are one of my favorite diamond shapes. Its namesake is derived from its square-ish shape and rounded corners- looking like a pillow cushion! Unlike other diamond shapes, the cushion cut has a lot more variability in appearance. We could go down a whole laundry list of details and characteristics of different types of cushion cuts, but I will break this down and make it as simple and digestible as possible.
When looking for a cushion you must:
- Identify what faceting pattern you prefer. Do you like a lot of sparkle? If so, you will most likely be drawn to a “crushed iced” cushion modified brilliant. The “crushed ice” cushion cut looks similar to its name. It is made up of many smaller facets giving the illusion of more sparkle and brilliance
On the other hand, the antique cushion cut style has recently become extremely popular. This type of cushion cut usually has a larger faceting pattern with less brilliance and a larger culet. Many people are willing to forego the sparkle for the charm and elegance of the antique cushion.
- Identify what shape you prefer. This may sound silly because you have already determined that you are looking for a cushion cut, but there are different silhouettes within the diamond shape.
Although most cushion cut diamonds tend to be on the square side- nowadays the elongated cushion is also very sought after. The elongated cushion cut has the rectangular shape of a radiant cut, but has the soft rounded corners of a cushion. Because of the rounded corners, many people have started referring to the elongated cushion as a “cuoval” a cushion/ oval hybrid.
Once you identify which faceting pattern and silhouette you prefer, you should be in good shape to find your perfect cushion cut!
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