The cushion cut first gained popularity during the late 1800's. Back then, prior to use of electric bulbs, the cushion cut was better known as the candlelight diamond as it was specifically designed to show off its brilliance against candlelight. Cushion cut diamonds are a fusion between old-fashioned diamond cutting styles, which included the antique cut and the old mine cut, and more modern diamond cuts, such as the oval cut or the pear cut. In order to better fit modern standards, the cushion cut diamond has since been refined and improved to achieve better symmetry and proportions. Cushion cut diamonds come in all sorts of shapes, ranging from rounded squares to elongated rectangles. Therefore, the length-to-height ideal ratio will tremendously vary from diamond to diamond, depending on the specific shape selected.
When shopping for cushion cut diamonds, correct proportions and symmetry are essential. A proportionate cushion cut diamond will have straight, clean lines, properly placed facets, and, most importantly, a fiery brilliance, while a disproportionate, asymmetrical cushion cut diamond will appear lusterless, lopsided and unbalanced. Since the cushion cut diamond is fitted with wide facets, any internal characteristics present within the diamond's crystalline structure will be very apparent. Therefore, it is important to choose a high quality diamond with high Clarity and Color grades.
Cushion cut Diamond Engagement Rings are the perfect choice for those looking for vintage style and timeless elegance. The cushion cut, which derives its name from its pillow-like soft edged cut, makes for a stunning yet unpretentious engagement ring. Cushion cut diamonds are also popular in Diamond Necklaces, where the cushion cut diamond acts as a focal point, transforming the necklace into a striking, eye-catching piece of jewelry.
Similar to most all fancy cut diamonds, cushion cut diamonds are rare and may be hard to find in local jewelry stores. Since cushion cuts were popular in the 1800's, they can sometimes be found in antique or estate sales, or in auction houses specializing in vintage jewelry. Consequently, a high quality cushion cut diamond may cost considerably more than the more common diamond cuts such as the round brilliant or emerald cut. Also, since the cushion cut diamond has such a unique frame, it usually requires a custom made setting designed to properly house its singular shape. A large Carat cushion cut diamond may need as many as six prongs incorporated into its setting, so as to ensure that the precious gemstone sit secure.