What Is A Cushion Cut Diamond?

Cushion cut diamonds are a traditional cut with modern appeal. They date back long ago, but  today are among the most popular cuts. A Cushion’s unique cut style has propelled its remarkable comeback.

The History Of Cushion Cut Diamonds

The modern-day cushion cut has a history dating back to 1700 in Brazil, where diamond mining was common. Today, those stones, which are cut in that traditional way, are known as “Old Mine” cuts. t. 

The old mine cut was initially a rounded-square shape but with 58 facets. Its popularity resulted in most diamonds being cut into this same shape. It was a cut loved and embraced worldwide, resulting in its continued popularity. Now that Old Mines are antique, they tend to be rare and even more desired, 

The Pros And Cons Of Cushion Cut Diamonds

If you're looking to buy a cushion cut diamond, you need to understand its pros and cons to make an informed decision.


The strengths of the cushion cut are as follows:

    • Brilliance: The cushion cut under light becomes illuminated s and brilliant because of its 58 facets. The sparkle is eye-catching and spectacular. 
  • Durability: The rounded edges of the cushion cut give it a high level of durability. It is less prone to damage, offers versatility in the style of setting desired and will stay relevant for a long time given its special shape 
  • It is popular: The cushion cut is well known and loved. It is available in different varieties of size and color, making your selection easy. Cushions also come in step cuts, they can be elongated or more squared too. This versatility makes them among the most coveted cuts today and always.
  • Less expensive: When the cushion cut diamond is compared to other diamond cuts, like a round cut, this is more pocket friendly. 

  • Cons

    The downsides of the cushion cut include the following:

  • It is imperfect: The cushion-cut diamond, like any diamond, is not perfect. In a step cut cushion, it shares a similarity with the emerald cut. It contains an open table where all its imperfections are seen clearly.
  • It is not apparent: There is so much vocabulary surrounding the cushion cut diamond. You could use “pillow cut,” “modified cushion cut,” “classic cushion,” “chunky cushion,” and others, which can make it challenging to find exactly what you are looking for. To combat this, make sure to have a good communication channel and understanding with your jeweler.  
  • Limited Access: Cushion-cut diamonds have rounded corners. If you want yours to be more  square-shaped or more elongated, you  may have  to wait, as they  are limited in availability.
  • If you need more information about the cushion cut diamonds, please contact us today.

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