Cushion cut diamonds are rapidly increasing in popularity as options for high-quality engagement rings. These beautiful pillow-shaped stones are square or rectangular with rounded corners. They generally have up to 64 facets that shine almost as brilliantly as the round cut diamonds that surpassed them in sales in the early 20th century.
Sometimes the various terms associated with cushion cut diamonds can be confusing. Pillow cut is simply another name for cushion cut. Standard or classic cushion cuts have 64 facets. Modified cushion cuts retain the general shape but the cutter may have adjusted the amount of facets to accentuate appearance and light refraction.
Hayden Cudworth offers wonderful cushion cut diamond engagement ring choices in the Hayden V and Dalia III.
History of Cushion Cut Diamonds
The cushion cut shape was developed in the 1800s. Originally known as the mine cut because of the Brazilian diamond mines where it was created, the shape evolved over time to include more facets and modified versions. The cushion cut was the most popular diamond style for a long time until the early 20th century and the advent of the round brilliant cut.
Some of the world's largest and most famous diamonds are shaped in the cushion cut. The blue Hope diamond, which was originally found in India in the 17th century, went through numerous international owners, and currently resides in the National Museum of Natural History in the United States, is a cushion cut diamond. The massive Regent diamond, which is considered the purest diamond in the world and is now on display in the Louvre, is also a cushion cut.
Celebrities favor cushion cut diamond engagement rings for their proposals. For instance, Prince Harry presented Meghan Markle with a beautiful cushion cut diamond in a gold band when they became engaged. Kanye West gave Kim Kardashian a ring with an extremely large cushion cut diamond when he popped the question.
Advantages of Cushion Cut Diamonds
Cushion cut diamonds provide a classic appearance with abundant scintillation for engagement rings. Their stylistic variations offer a range of choices, and the rounded edges are impervious to chipping and do not catch easily on clothes or hair. Additionally, cutters waste less rough stone and expend less time when fashioning cushion cut diamonds, and as a result, this shape is not as expensive as round brilliant cuts. The reflection and dispersion of light of cushion cut diamonds is excellent.
Selecting a Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Diamond color scale runs from D through Z, and diamonds rated N through z are generally not recommended for rings. Stones with the highest color ratings are extremely rare and expensive, while diamonds with G, H, and I ratings have excellent quality and appear colorless when mounted on a ring.
Clarity in diamonds rates the amount of imperfections, known as inclusions, that a stone has. Visible inclusions detract from the beauty of a diamond, but many inclusions cannot be seen. The diamond clarity grade scale rates clarity on a scale from IF, or internally flawless, to I2, or inclusions 2. The sweet spot between rare and expensive flawless diamonds and those with unacceptable imperfections is SI1 and SI2, or slightly included 1 and 2. This designation means that these stones, when set within a ring, appear perfect to the naked eye.
The carat weight of a cushion cut diamond is not as important as its cut, color, and clarity, because so much of the stone's weight is hidden. Raising the carat weight of a diamond may slightly increase the size but significantly increase the cost.
Setting and Precious Metal Options
Cushion cut diamonds appear gorgeous in solitaire and halo engagement ring settings. A four-prong solitaire setting allows the maximum scintillation and dispersal of light. Halo settings frame the central stone with a glittering complement of smaller diamonds. These enhance the appearance of the center stone and increase the overall sparkle of the ring.
At Hayden Cudworth, we offer cushion cut diamonds in a number of lovely precious metal choices. For example, the white sheen of platinum perfectly complements and sets off diamonds and does not change color or fade, so this lovely metal is ideal for symbolizing eternal love in an engagement ring. Due to its rarity, platinum has also attained a prestigious status. For diamond engagement rings, platinum bands represent the ultimate in elegance.
Lovely white gold is currently the most popular choice of metal for engagement ring bands. Indistinguishable from platinum to the naked eye, this bright, strong, durable metal perfectly complements and enhances the sparkling diamonds in engagement rings.
Yellow gold engagement rings offer a classic warm color with vibrant elegance that has long been associated with romance. Although white gold bands have overtaken yellow gold in popularity, yellow gold provides an unparalleled traditional look that is timeless.
Romantic rose gold provides a lovely alternative to the more common white gold and yellow gold found in engagement rings. Its warm, rich, distinctive color creates a stunning and attractive metaphor for the binding of hearts.
Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Options
Look to the master craftsmen and jewelers at Hayden Cudworth for a selection of handcrafted cushion cut diamond engagement rings in assorted settings and band metals to suit any romance. For example, the Hayden V features a magnificent cushion cut stone in a classic four-prong solitaire setting with a rounded inside edge for increased comfort. The Dahlia III offers an amazing cushion cut diamond within a striking halo of tiny stones. The scalloped pave diamond-accented split-shank band adds a stylish, dazzling effect. These rings feature high quality diamonds with SI1-SI2 clarity and GHI color. Both are available with platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold bands.
To find the right ring for your fiancé, take advantage of the home try-on program. Select any five potential rings to sample at home, send them back within five days, and order the ring of your choice.