WHAT IS CUSHION CUT?

Aside from giving the stone its shape, the cut of a diamond or gemstone determines a stones brilliance. Cushion cut is an umbrella term for a four-sided square or rectangular diamond with rounded corners; giving the stone a soft, pillow-like appearance. This cut was created in the 1800's and is now the third most popular shape for engagement rings. Simply put, it’s like a cross between a round and square cut stone.

What You Should Know About Cushion Cuts

Cushion cuts are a classic and versatile shape that was the most engagement ring cut in the Georgian and Victorian era. Today, cushion cuts are second only to round cuts. Because of this, cushion cut rings can easily go vintage-inspired or modern depending on the overall design and setting. Watch the video to learn more about cushion cut engagement rings.

BROWSE CUSHION CUT ENGAGEMENT RINGS

See some of the rings we’ve designed using cushion cuts to get inspired.

CUSHION CUT PROS AND CONS

Pros

  • No sharp edges means less chance of chipping, snagging or breaking
  • Good for active lifestyles
  • It’s a versatile shape: a cross between the two most popular cuts, the round and the princess
  • The most popular cut for colored diamonds because it retains color well

Cons

  • Large facets can show inclusions and flaws in the diamond
  • It does not hide color in a diamond as well as other cuts

WHO ARE CUSHION CUT ENGAGEMENT RINGS RIGHT FOR?

If you're torn between a round and princess cut, cushion cuts give you the best of both worlds. It's a classic shape with vintage appeal, and looks great in heirloom-inspired or modern looks. Cushions are a great choice for active lifestyles or those that are rough on their hands because there are no sharp edges for the stone to catch on. It’s second in popularity only to the round cut, but it still much less common so it’s a good choice if you want a timeless look that’s not as common as a round cut.

Additional Resources

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We can work with you in-person at our studio or set up a video call to help you take the first step toward designing a ring. Design consultations are complementary and we’ll give you a quick call before your meeting to make sure we can help you.