The cushion cut diamond was one of the most popular cuts of diamonds ever. For more than 70 years from 1830 to the turn of the century this was the diamonds cut. Sometimes referred to as a “pillow cut”, the cushion cut has an open culet, the bottom of the diamond, and a rectangular to square shape with rounded corners and a facet plan to give the diamond depth. The cushion cut diamond was cut for candle light. This is quite different from today’s diamonds which are cut for brighter denser electric light. The beauty of a cushion cut is the depth of the diamond. The facets allow the eye to travel into the diamond. It’s a calmer more soothing cut than a modern cut and at a romantic candlelight dinner, the cushion is at its best.
For the most pleasing effect, choose a Cushion Shape diamond in length to width ratio range between 1.1 and 1.2. The radiance that comes from the Cushion Shape diamond is dependent on the cut of the stone, as well as the color and clarity.
Larger facets of a Cushion Shape diamond means that the clarity is highlighted, which makes it specially important that you choose a diamond that has been graded as having a good clarity. Otherwise, your diamond will not be able to reflect well and it will appear dull and opaque.
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