Cushion cut diamond engagement rings are very popular amongst people who are looking for something a little different. It’s unlike the classical Round Brilliant cut, and differs from the more angular, straight-lined design of a Princess cut. Nevertheless, it has a beautiful symmetry and finish and looks exquisite when set into a ring.
The design of the Cushion cut diamond has advanced in recent years, compared to its original design which was known as the “Old Mine” cut. It was a cut that would retain the most weight from the initial rough diamond. The Old Mine cut was used back in the 18th century, but in more modern times, the table size, that is the flat, top surface of the stone, has been increased and the symmetry, angles and number of facets have become precise to maximize the brilliance of the cushion cut shape.
Cushion cut diamonds range in shape from very rectangular to the Square Cushion. They also vary greatly in look, with one style having more facets on the pavilion (underside) of the stone, giving the stone a more crushed glass look, compared to the design with less facets and better angles, giving the stone more brilliance and perceived clarity.
When it comes to Cushion cut engagement ring designs, the most popular is still the modest solitaire Cushion cut diamond ring. It is still the standard and accounts for over 50% of Cushion cuts used. The next most popular is the Cushion cut halo style engagement ring, which increases the overall size of the ring for a more dramatic effect.
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