Cushion Cut Diamonds

Cushion Cut Diamond

- If you are looking for a unique, fancy cut diamond that has been around for more than a century, one of the more interesting diamond cuts that are available is called the cushion cut diamond. The cushion cut diamond is sometimes referred to as a pillow cut diamond or even generically termed “old mine cut” by diamond companies before the turn of the last century.

Typically, the cushion cut diamond is in the shape of a square or squarish-rectangular. The cut usually resembles the shape of a pillow, hence the name. You can choose the exact shape of your cushion cut diamond by its ratio. For instance, diamonds cut to a ratio of 1:1 are more square, diamonds cut to a ratio greater than 1:1.15 are more rectangular in shape.

Cushion cut diamonds have rounded corners surrounding a large facet. It is important to make sure that the color and clarity are high quality, due to the fact that any inclusions or imperfections will be easily noticed. It is also a good idea to look for stones that are symmetrical in shape. 

Generally cushion cut diamonds are popular in matching sets and as center stones in rings; however a cushion cut diamond will complement almost any piece of jewelry. An important note is that older stones will reflect light in a different pattern than newer cushion cuts will, so keep that in mind when shopping. If you are looking for a fancy and unique cut of diamond that employs a large facet, squarish design and soft rounded edges, look into the cushion cut diamond.

Navigation
Shapes & Cuts
Diamond Specs
Additional Diamond Knowledge
Diamond Grading Reports
Precious Metals
Precious Stones

Buying a Loose Diamond - Also see Loose Gemstones