Cushion Cut Diamonds Make Great Rings


Diamonds are forever and so is their appeal. For centuries, men and women have desired to own a special stone, a precious diamond. Thanks to the discovery of newer mines, diamonds are rather commonplace now. However, the price of diamonds has not come down too much. This is why one should be careful while buying a diamond. But we will come to that later. For now, let’s discuss what makes a diamond really precious.

The cut of the diamond, more or less, is the determining factor of the price of any diamond. While there is the evergreen traditional round brilliant cut, some uncommon cuts have also caught the fancy of the connoisseurs. Cushion cut is one of those rather uncommon cuts. This has been around the block for a long time now, never becoming the mainstream attraction. The grading criteria are almost the same with any other cut. However, the unusual cut also ensures that you need to take some uncommon features into the consideration.
Cushion cut is around for more than three centuries. That makes it one of the oldest cuts to be still relevant. It is named cushion because of the rounded, cushion shaped look of the cut. They have another name, pillow cut, and the reason is but obvious. They have very large facets and are rounded at the corners. This helps them accentuate the brilliance and makes them a favourite for loving hearts.

Cushion cut actually gave birth to the very popular round brilliant cut. When cushion cut came into existence, in the 1700s, the technology to create round brilliant cut was not in existence. So, cushion cut came out as the next best alternative, maximizing the brilliance of a diamond to the maximum extent possible. The length to width ratio of cushions varies from 1.0 to 1.3. Cushion cut diamonds look more or less like squares or rectangles with rounded corners. 
 
Cushion cut diamonds are often used for diamond studded rings. In fact, cushion cut engagement rings are only second in popularity. It is known for the brilliance it produces. If you are looking for an engagement ring which is not very common while very brilliant, cushion cut is the way to go. However, it is important to remember that the ‘cut’ in “cushion cut” doesn’t have anything to do with the “cut rating”. While cut here means a particular shape, cut ratings refer to the quality of the cut.
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