Confused by Cushion Cut engagement rings? A Review
As vintage-inspired pieces continue to enjoy prominence in fashion and design, the cushion cut has emerged once more as a favourite.
The style has been around for well over 200 years and is one of the oldest cuts of diamond around. Although it was a firm favourite in its heyday, the cushion cut lost out after the emergence of round cuts in the early 1900s. But now, as antiques become more desirable, the cushion is enjoying a comeback.
But the cushion cut has undergone many iterations over the years, so shopping for a cushion can be confusing and overwhelming to many.
We’ll unpack the lingo you need to know before combing through cushion cuts. Then we’ll unravel the pros and cons of the cut for engagement rings.
Why is it called the cushion cut?
If you haven’t guessed it already, the cushion cut (sometimes called the pillow cut) is named for its resemblance to a cushion. That’s because the cut has rounded edges and a square shape.
And it’s this combination that makes this one of the better-enduring cuts for an engagement ring. The cushion cut is less likely to chip or crack, so you needn’t worry about this when choosing a setting for this stone.
There are a couple of other terms that you might hear bandied about in relation to the cushion cut. These include “modified cushions”, “crushed ice” and “broken glass”. We’ll unpack each of these below.
What is the difference between a modified and chunky cushion?
Most of the terms used to describe the cushion cut relate to slight tweaks in the amount of facets in the stone, or in their design. When you examine the “chunky cushion” from above, you’ll notice that the facets of the stone line up neatly. Typically, these will make the shape of an “X”.
The crushed ice cushion, on the other hand, has no discernible pattern or shape. Like the name suggests, it creates the effect of crushed ice, or broken glass. This cut is also known as a cushion modified brilliant.
The pros and cons of the cushion cut
Cushions keep their colour. Depending on the stone you select for your cushion cut, this can be a pro or a con. The cushion cut is a popular choice for colourful stones for this very reason.
But this might prove an issue for colourless stones such as diamonds. So while the cushion cut is generally a less expensive option, you need to choose the stone carefully to ensure quality colour.
The cushion cut is also wonderfully versatile. One of the more popular settings for the cushion cut is the halo. This modern setting really ups the wow factor for this ring. Another benefit to the halo is that you can opt for a slightly smaller centre stone without compromising on impact.
The cushion cut is also elegant when set in solo. Since the cushion has slightly less brilliance when compared to some other cuts, consider opting for a classic four prong setting. This will allow more light into the stone, and up that sparkle significantly.
So now that you know your way around a cushion cut, will you opt for this timeless design?