The cushion cut diamond is making a comeback due to the renewed fascination that many women currently have for bygone styles. Based on an original diamond cut from over 200 years ago, the cushion cut is a modern take on the stone that was as popular as the round-shaped, brilliant cut is today. The cushion is a combination of the old mine cut diamond, which was favored until the early 20th century, and the newer, round brilliant cut. For brides-to-be who love vintage or classic looks, the cushion shape is a perfect choice for her diamond engagement ring. Sometimes compared to a pillow, this stone cut can be square or rectangular in shape, but, like a pillow, has soft sides.
When it comes time to choose an engagement ring, the unique shape of the cushion cut diamond is attracting numerous brides-to-be. The cushion cut is reminiscent of days gone by, making it a popular choice for pairing with the beautiful selection of classic and vintage engagement ring settings that Great Heights offers. Not a traditional gal? No problem, as cushion cut diamonds look fantastic in modern rings as well! Whether sitting pretty in a solitaire setting or wrapped warmly in a halo of smaller stones, cushion cut diamonds are a great choice for today’s woman. Using our ring builder, buyers can create an engagement ring that suits their unique sense of style. The ability to try the cushion cut with various engagement ring settings can easily be done from the comfort of your own home. And, because all of the diamonds at Great Heights are ethically and environmentally friendly, clients can choose their stone with a clear conscience.
Diamonds are assessed at several labs around the world by professional gem graders, who judge diamonds based on a system of evaluation called the 4Cs. The Cs stand for color, cut, clarity, and carat, and are terms with which anyone thinking of buying a diamond should make themselves familiar.
Color-A professional diamond grader judges a diamond for its absence of color. With lighting that replicates sunlight, diamond graders have the ability to determine exactly where each stone falls on the color scale. The more white a diamond is, the brighter it will appear, so higher graded diamonds are the most dazzling and sought after. The scale for grading a diamond’s color ranges from D-Z, with D being the highest possible score and Z being the lowest, having the most amount of color. Higher color-scored diamonds are suggested for engagement rings, but some diamonds have cuts which help hide less-than-perfect color. Because of its larger facets, the cushion cut retains color, so choosing a diamond with a color grade of D-H will help your ring appear whiter.
Cut-You have probably heard the terms shape and cut when reading about diamonds, and it’s easy to be confused by these two words. Although they both refer to physical properties of a diamond, they do have different meanings. The shape of a diamond is simply it’s outline when viewed from above. Examples are round, pear, oval, rectangular, and square. The cut of a diamond is a culmination of several factors, including the diamond’s arrangement of facets, it’s proportions, and it’s finish, which includes both it’s symmetry and polish. Together, these factors influence just how much, or how little, a diamond interacts with light and how well it sparkles. Examples of different cuts are emerald, radiant, brilliant, princess, and cushion. The cushion cut is a combination of the old mine cut and the brilliant.
Clarity-Diamond graders can look deep into a diamond for imperfections with a powerful magnifying tool called a loupe. They refer to internal flaws as inclusions, which are created in the development of diamonds through tremendous forces of both heat and pressure. External blemishes determine a stone’s outer appearance and are inflicted during the cutting and mounting phases of a diamond’s development. Blemishes can include polish lines, burns or extra facets. Cushion cut diamonds have a larger table than cuts that are more brilliant, which allows inclusions to show more easily. Stick to an SI1 clarity grade, or higher, when choosing your stone.
*Because the cushion cut is multi-faceted it hides color better than a few other cuts, but an H color grade or higher is recommended when purchasing a cushion cut diamond.
*When choosing a cushion cut stone, it’s best to stick to a clarity score of SI1 or higher, or slightly included1-flawless.
*Cushion cut diamonds evoke another era and work well in both vintage and classic engagement ring settings, as well as in vintage-inspired earrings. The cushion cut also makes a nice contrast when paired with a modern setting.
*A halo can add extra sparkle to the unique cushion cut diamond. Whether in a modern or vintage setting, a halo will surround your center stone with elegance. A halo can also help to keep your cushion cut diamond safe, as it acts as a buffer for the softer edges.
You may already be considering lab-grown diamonds because of their environmental and ethical friendliness. Buying your cushion cut diamond from Great Heights is one of the easiest ways to ensure you are following your conscience and adhering to your high principles. Their clean beginnings make lab-grown diamonds a great alternative to their earth-grown cousins, but, did you know that lab diamonds and mined diamonds are structurally, optically and chemically the same? And, that lab diamonds cost up to 40% less than mined diamonds? With Great Heights you can shop from the comfort of your home, save money, and have a clear conscience while choosing your cushion cut diamond!