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Cushion Cut Diamond

Cushion Cut Diamond
How many facets does a cushion cut diamond have?

A “Cushion Cut Diamond” is squarish – rectangular in shape with rounded corners and 58 brilliant-style facets that kind of resembles a pillow in shape, hence the name… Cushion cut diamonds were developed about a hundred years ago when diamonds were ground down to the desired shape instead of being cleaved or sawn by laser and thus older cushion cut diamonds were lumpy and thick which resulted in blocky patterns of light return which were more or less unimpressive. As with most diamond shapes, the modern cushion cut diamond has benefited substantially from advancements in diamond cutting and design. The modern cushion cut diamond is extremely lively and exhibits a high degree of light return.

Cushion Cut Diamond
Cushion Cut Diamond
Cushion Cut Diamond

Round Trillion Diamond

Round Trillion Diamond
Trillion Diamonds?

Do you think that trillions are still in style?
I have and emerald shaped stone that I want to put in a ring. Trillions on the side or round shaped?

Girlfriend, don’t you know? Diamonds are ALWAYS in fashion! They’re our best friends! Go with the Trillions on the side

Round Trillion Diamond
Round Trillion Diamond
Round Trillion Diamond

Radiant Trillion Diamond

Radiant Trillion Diamond
Which looks better and has more shine?

Does a cushion cut with trillion side diamonds or a radiant cut with side diamonds sparkle more? Is Blue Nile or Sams a better place to buy a diamond?

Actually, this is kind of a tough question. It really depends on the quality of the cut. Round cut diamonds that are GIA certified (the best diamond grading institute around) can have up to an “excellent” cut which will give it A LOT of sparkle. For fancier shapes, such as the two you are asking about, you can only go up to a “very good” cut simply because GIA doesn’t officially recognize an excellent (also known as ideal) cut with fancier shapes.

If either of these diamonds are of true “very good” cut and are GIA certified from a respected place, they should have a lot of sparkle to them.

As for the stores, I’d say that Blue Nile is by far the best hands down.

I run a free diamond search service at marriage-proposal-ideas.com where we search dozens of the top diamond jewelry sites to find the cheapest prices on high quality GIA certified diamonds. Blue Nile is often at the top of the list.

In fact, if you want me to run a free search for you, feel free to visit that site and contact me. You can reach me from that site if you are interested. We can also set you up with some extra savings through Blue Nile as well.

Hope that helps! Shopping for diamonds can be very tricky, but if you know what to look for, it doesn’t have to be too scary.


Radiant Trillion Diamond
Radiant Trillion Diamond
Radiant Trillion Diamond

Cushion Diamond Solitaire

Cushion Diamond Solitaire

Cushion cut diamond engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular as more celebrities show them off as their engagement ring. Two of the more well known recipients of the cushion cut diamond engagement ring are Ashlee Simpson and Kevin Jonas’ new fiancee Danielle Deleasa.

This can be a slightly more romantic version of a square or emerald cut diamond. This is due to the fact that the diamond is cut in such a way as to appear a little more rounded (like a cushion, hence the name), and a little softer around the edges. This kind of diamond cut can resemble a square or rectangle, but will always have rounded off corners.

Diamonds work well in the vintage style, geometric center settings that we have been seeing more of in the last few years. These diamonds can be set alone with a prong style setting, or can be surrounded equally beautifully with smaller diamonds or accent stones.

Cushion cut diamonds will only have about 60 facets, due to the fact that in earlier times they were cut in a particular way so as to sparkle best in the candlelight. Nowadays, contemporary diamond cuts feature a higher number of facets, leading to more bling and sparkle overall. A cushion cut diamond has to be relatively free of inclusions, and needs to be of a good color to make up for the lesser number of facets. Included diamonds should not be used for the cushion cut as the flaws will be easier to spot than with other diamond cuts.

These cut diamonds first became popular in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s and can still be found in antique engagement rings. Occasionally, these diamonds will still be referred to by their older names which are “candlelight” and “pillow” cut diamonds.

Cushion cut diamond engagement rings can be an excellent engagement ring selection for those who love antique style engagement rings. They are also ideal for those who are seeking a softer or less geometric version of the square and rectangular center settings. Cushion cut diamonds make excellent solitaire engagement rings. This diamond cut can look just as fantastic with a plain, worked, or pave set band.

This type of engagement rings can be sourced through quality contemporary and estate jewelers.

Andy Moquin has spent 20 years in the jewelry industry with much of his experience in polished diamonds, engagement rings, wedding rings, rings and custom jewelry design. He is an accomplished business consultant and is available for advice on topics such as marketing, advertising, merchandising and business turnarounds.

Cushion Diamond Solitaire
Cushion Diamond Solitaire
Cushion Diamond Solitaire

Cushion Diamond Ring

Cushion Diamond Ring
What is the best orientation for a cushion cut diamond in an engagement ring setting?

I am having a setting designed for a cushion cut diamond which is slightly rectangular (1 edge longer than the other)

When viewed from the top, what do you think the best orientation is? The long edge parallel to the shank of the ring or perpendicular to it?

If the ring is a solitaire, then I would say the long side parallel to the fingerlength, that would be a classic. The opposite is striking, unexpected, new. The first case makes your finger look thinner and longer usually.
In case it is set with other diamonds or gems, we need to see the ring of course.

In any case, enjoy your gems !

Cushion Diamond Ring
Cushion Diamond Ring
Cushion Diamond Ring

Cushion Round Diamond

Cushion Round Diamond
Why do Cushion-Cut Diamonds and Asscher-Cut Diamonds cost less than the comparable quality in a Round-cut ?

When I look at stones with the same cut, color, clarity, carat size, cushion cuts and asscher cuts are less expensive than the round cut diamonds. What is the reason for the price difference? Thanks.

Round Brilliant Diamond have the priority market when it comes to pricing. This is due to deBeers control of the market. It is also the most labor-intense to cut.
Other cuts such as Ascher, and Cushions, are less labor intense and although very pretty, globally, they are not near as popular.

Cushion Round Diamond
Cushion Round Diamond
Cushion Round Diamond

Cushion Shape Diamond

Cushion Shape Diamond

Choosing the shape of your diamond jewelry is one of the key

elements in determining the overall appearance of your ring

or other diamond jewelry. There are many shapes and

variations from which to choose, but first off do not

confuse “shape” with “cut”. A diamond’s shape is just that:

the outward appearance of the stone, whether it is round,

oval etc.; while the cut refers to how the diamond itself is

fashioned, how many facets and so on. Below I’ll examine the

various diamond shapes and tell a little about each of them,

in order to help you make that all-important choice.

Round Brilliant Diamonds – By far the most popular,

accounting for more than 75% of diamonds purchased today,

they are also the most expensive. Most coveted as an

engagement ring, they also find their way into earrings and

pendants. Round Brilliant Diamonds are noted for their fire

and brilliance.

Oval Diamonds – A perfectly symmetrical design yields a

large surface area that gives the impression of a much

larger diamond, oval diamonds are favored by women with

smaller hands or shorter fingers, it’s shape giving an

elongated look to the hand.

Princess Cut Diamonds – Though in appearance the smallest of

diamonds, a Princess Cut Diamond is basically an inverted

pyramid which puts most of the carat weight near the bottom.

Princess cut diamonds are most often sought as solitaires,

and are a relatively recent shape.

Marquise Diamonds – Another diamond shape that looks larger

than it actually is, the Marquise diamond is elongated with

points on each end, though sometimes altered to a “French

tip” where the end point is excised. A great choice for a


Emerald Cut – Rectangular with corner cuts, this diamond is

also called a step cut, because of the shape that resembles

stair steps. Large, open facets on this diamond make it

imperative to choose a stone of greater clarity and higher

color, as inclusions and weak color are more noticeable in

this cut.

Pear Shape Diamond – Exactly as it says, this diamond is

pear-shaped, or sometimes reminding one of a teardrop. Most

often found on pendants and earrings.

Heart Shaped Diamonds – A brilliant cut, the heart shaped

diamond is a romantic choice that varies from jeweler to

jeweler as it’s shape can be greatly influenced by the skill

of whimsy of the gem cutter, as well as variable facet

configurations. Seek out a perfectly symmetrical stone.

Trillion Cut Diamonds – A newcomer, born in the late

seventies, this diamond is a triangle stone with equal

sides. These can make stunning earrings.

Baguette Cut Diamonds – Another step cut diamond shape that

is most frequently employed as side stones. Because it has

few facets, quality and color come into play more here as

imperfections become more visible in these uncomplicated,

though elegant diamonds.

Radiant Diamonds – A square or rectangularly shaped diamond,

the Radiant resembles the emerald shape but has 70 facets,

making it much more brilliant and dazzling than the Emerald


Asscher Cut Diamonds – A rectangular shaped diamond with high

crown step facets, this shape was patented in 1902 and is

know for it’s fire and ability to return light.

Cushion Cut Diamonds – Sometimes referred to as “pillow

cut”, this shape was popular in the 1800′s. Cut with candle

light in mind, (nothing else available at the time!) the

cushion cut is a rectangular/squarish shape, with more than

a touch of old world elegance about it.

Kite, Trapezoid & Half-Moon diamonds – Lesser know shapes

used mainly for side stones.

Choosing the right diamond shape can be more easily

accomplished with a little information and the help of a

professional jeweler. Here’s hoping you find that perfect


Keith Thompson is very fond of diamonds, and runs http://www.engagement-ring-deals.info which can help in your search for the perfect diamond engagement ring.

Cushion Shape Diamond
Cushion Shape Diamond
Cushion Shape Diamond

Yellow Cushion Diamond

Yellow Cushion Diamond
Which color engagement ring is most stunning, elegant, stylish?

1. Round ruby with side diamonds (not sure of shape yet) set in platinum

2 Emerald cut tsavourite ( same green as emerald just harder) bordered with diamonds in platinum with yellow gold underneath.

3. Cushion cut blue sapphire bordered with diamonds set in platinum.

Feel free to just suggest the color or style if you don’t like those designs.

Darling, if you are a purple diva – why not a purple stone?

If you are tired of Amethyst, try Purple Sapphire – they are very durable.

Find a good local artist and work with them for a lovely custom piece – after all, a Diva shouldn’t wear something anyone else has!!!

(Oh, and congrats.)

Yellow Cushion Diamond
Yellow Cushion Diamond
Yellow Cushion Diamond