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Cushion Cut Diamonds

What You Need To Know About Cushion Cut Diamonds

PRICE:  The major advantage to choosing a cushion-cut diamond is its price. Like other fancy shapes, choosing a cushion over a round can save you over 25%.
SPARKLE:  While round diamonds have the most brilliance, or return of white light, cushion-cut diamonds can have more fire than rounds (though rounds still have plenty of fire).
SHAPE:  With a silhouette that resembles a pillow, the cushion’s unique shape is one of the most complicated for first-time diamond buyers.  While looking for your perfect cushion, you’ll notice that there are two different “looks” for a cushion-cut diamond. Some will let you see the back facets and light reflections in broad flashes. These are called “chunky” cushions.  Some cushion-cut diamonds have an appearance similar to crushed ice or broken glass. Here, the back facets aren’t distinct. Instead, you’ll see a glittering effect of many tiny reflections.
SIZE: If you compare cushion and round diamond of the same carat weight, you'll see that the round diamond will have a slightly larger face-up surface area.
LENGTH TO WIDTH RATIO:  Another major aesthetic decision in a cushion-cut diamond is whether you prefer a square or rectangle shape.  You’ll want to look at the length-to-width-ratio(L/W)  for cushion cuts. Square shapes should have an L/W of 1.00 to 1.05. Rectangular shapes should be significantly — but not overly — elongated, with L/W of 1.15 to 1.20. Avoid the L/W “awkward zone” of 1.06 to 1.10.
COLOR:  Cushion shapes show more color than a round brilliant, but their brilliance and dispersion helps to hide color. For a cushion cut diamond set in a white gold engagement ring, stick to a color grade of H or higher. In rose gold and yellow gold rings, I and J color diamonds will give you a better price point and will still appear white. 
CLARITY:  Eye-visible clarity imperfections can ruin the appearance of a cushion-cut diamond. However, the brilliance of a cushion will hide imperfections well.  For SI1 and SI2 diamonds, look closely at the diamond and be sure that the imperfections aren’t large, dark, and in the center of the stone.