Cushion cut engagement rings are mainly combinations of modern and brilliant-cut diamonds. These diamonds mainly have a soft square or rectangular shape with curved edges. To put it simply, cushion cut diamonds have a square cut with rounded corners which give it the appearance of a pillow, and this is how the diamond is known by the name “cushion-cut”. These diamonds are mainly purchased to be used as engagement rings; they are also used in some fashion pieces.
The price of cushion-cut diamonds is normally less than the cost of round brilliant cut diamonds. But, due to its increasing demand and popularity, the prices can often vary (rise) significantly.
Pros and Cons of Cushion-Cut Diamonds
Just like any other shape of diamonds, cushion=cut diamonds also have some advantages and disadvantages.
Major Pros of Cushion-Cut Diamonds
Cushion-cut diamonds often possess a high level of fire (a property that helps in reflecting the light well) and brilliance. It also has a unique shape which makes it a good choice for customized engagement rings. They are durable in nature due to its round-shaped edges and also incorporate a classic fashion along with a modern flair. It is also less expensive when compared to round cut diamonds.
Major Cons of Cushion-Cut Diamonds
Cushion-cut diamonds are mainly known for retaining its color better when it is compared to other shapes. A diamond having H grade is recommended by most diamond specialists.
The open table of a diamond means that the imperfections can be easier to see. Therefore choosing an SI1 OR SI2 clarity grade is recommended for customers.
Cushion-cut diamonds are been referred to by many names like a classic cushion, modified cushion and chunky cushion that can often confuse the buyer. Consulting an expert before buying a cushion-cut diamond is most recommended.
Popular Styles and Setting of Cushion-Cut Diamonds
Cushion-cut diamonds usually have a modern charm and classic appearance and it look stunning in a variety of styles. Listed below are some of the best styles for Cushion cut diamonds, especially when it has to be chosen as engagement rings.
The best style – A classic style having extra flair similar to pave halo
Runner-up – Modern and sleek similar to channel set ring
Still stunning – An elegant styles similar to pave rings
Solid Choice – A timeless and simple choice similar to solitaire ring
Decent – A custom style that is very similar to vintage engagement rings
The Worst – A bulky style similar to tension settings
Cushion-Cut Diamonds and Gia Certifications
Similar to other precious gemstones and diamonds, it is very essential to check the certification of cushion cut diamonds before buying it. Generally, you should be in the look out for diamonds that are been certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) which is one of the most trustable gemological laboratories used for testing diamonds in the world. GIA certification is the most important factor to look for while buying diamonds.
You would not need to listen to what the diamond store says unnecessarily if you look at the GIA certification for knowing the quality of the diamond stone as it offers a reputable, external and unbiased appraisal of stones.
There are various factors like the cut, clarity, color, weight (in carat) and many more that are been analyzed for every single stone wherein all of the factors appear as part of this certificate.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING A CUSHION-CUT DIAMOND
Here are some main factors from clarity to color, that are been covered and these can be considered while comparing or buying cushion0cut diamonds, especially for your engagement.
COLOR OF A CUSHION-CUT DIAMOND – ALWAYS CHOOSE H GRADE OR A BETTER GRADES
Cushion-cut diamonds are one of the worst kinds when retention of the color of the diamond stone is considered whereas it is one of the best when the fancy color is been considered.
Radiant-cut and cushion-cut diamonds are two of the most common shapes of diamonds in the diamond market of fancy colors. Therefore customers are always advised to stick with H grade or with grades better than H while buying cushion cut diamonds until and unless they are set in rose gold. Diamonds of J and K grades are also better choices of diamonds.
Diamonds of H grade is always considered as a good value option and it is also one among the most celebrated choices. The price of these diamonds is often balanced while comparing it to the nature of the diamond. You would be able to notice a noticeable jump in price between every color grade; H falls somewhere in the middle of this.
Even though H diamonds are not always devoid of color, they are nearly colorless and have a slight tint of yellow in it. This difference is often hard to notice, especially if the diamonds are set in yellow or rose gold.