Fewer facets but enhanced beauty of cushion cut diamond engagement rings
Cushion cut diamond engagement rings have been around since the late 19th and early 20th century.
For over 70 years from around 1830, the cushion cut diamond was one of the most popular diamond cuts ever.
The cushion cut or pillow cut in that it resembles a plump cushion or pillow.
It has a rectangular to square shape, rounded corners and larger facets to increase their brilliance under candlelight.
Cushion cut diamond rings have about 60 facets; this is 20 or more facets less than the modern rings.
A facet is the smooth, polished plane that makes up a stone’s surface. With lesser number of facets it exhibits lesser brilliance.
The rounded corners of cushion cut diamonds give a certain depth to the diamonds.
This in turn enhances the real beauty of the rings they are set in.
The way these diamonds are cut allows a person to see through the diamond.
Cushion cuts are more soothing in comparison to the modern varieties and look gorgeous at romantic candlelight dinners.
Nowadays, cushion cut diamond engagement rings are more symmetrical than the older examples.
This is mainly due to the development of modern lapidary or cutting skills & better cutting equipment.
Most of the cushion cut rings are mainly found in estate & antique markets.
These antique rings are more popular with couples than the newer ones, which are being offered by some of the diamond companies.
Cushion cut diamonds are best in solitaire diamond rings where all the attention is focused on the center stone.
However, many ladies prefer small accent stones incorporated in the ring.
Although cushion cut diamonds do not have as much fire as brilliant cuts, they tend to stand out due to their classic appeal.
They are known to stand for love & deep emotions.