What Is A Cushion Cut Diamond?

What Is A Cushion Cut Diamond?

The cushion cut diamond puts a modern spin on a classic shape, uniting the old with the new. Cushion cuts are an extremely popular choice for engagement rings, and their scintillating brilliance comes with a unique history.

The cushion cut's square shape is softened by rounded corners, giving it the pillow-like appearance from which it derives its name. Cushion cut diamonds come in two variations: The standard cushion cut closely resembles the old mine cut, whereas the modified cushion cut's facets are similar in appearance to those of the round brilliant cut.

History Of The Cushion Cut Diamond

The modern cushion cut evolved from the old mine cut, which peaked in popularity during the 18th and 19th centuries. Most precious gemstones were cut in the cushion cut's distinctive shape throughout much of the 19th century.

Eventually, the cushion cut was supplanted by the round brilliant cut during the 20th century. However, the cushion cut would soon witness a resurgence in popularity thanks to new cutting techniques pioneered by the Belgian diamond cutter Marcel Tolkowsky. Cushion cuts remain a beloved staple of engagement rings to this day and are highly prized for their antique appearance and feel.

Characteristics Of The Cushion Cut Diamond

Depending on the variation, cushion cut diamonds can share features in common with the old mine cut or round brilliant cut.

Unique features of the cushion cut include:

  • High levels of brilliance and fire: The cushion cut reflects both white and colored light extremely well.
  • Durability: Thanks to its rounded edges, the cushion cut is one of the most durable cuts of diamond available.
  • Standard and modified cuts: You can choose between the standard cut, which is famed for its fire, and the modified cut, which lends diamonds the appearance of crushed ice.
  • Small face-up size: Cushion cut diamonds may appear smaller than other cuts when viewed from above.

When choosing the right diamond cut for you, you may want to weigh the cushion cut's antique charm and fire against its relatively small face-up size before making your decision. 

Bottom Line

The cushion cut diamond is an excellent choice for those who are seeking a classic shape with a modern feel. The cushion cut's enduring popularity is a testament to its broad appeal and dazzling beauty.

Contact us at Lesley Ann Jewels for more information or browse our collection of cushion cut jewelry today.