Cushion Cut Diamonds Shape
The Essential 7C's
Every diamond has its own story, and every lady her own style.
At this point it should be noted that the shape of a diamond
can also be referred to as its “cut”, like a round or princess cut.
However, this should not be confused with the more commonly used term of
diamond cut, which describes how well the diamond has been polished
from the raw material (see section on diamond cut).
At Seventy Seven Diamonds we cater to the detailed wishes of
every customer and want to ensure that they are well-informed about
every diamond shape available. Our selection of beautiful shapes is
accompanied by detailed information, images and recommendations on the
uniqueness, the history and background, and the ideal ratio of
Cushion Cut Diamonds
1. The Basics | 2. Features | 3. Expert Advice | 4. History
1. The Basics
Also referred to as: PILLOW or CANDLELIGHT CUT
|Larger facets, light dispersive.
||1.00-1.05 (square) >1.10 (rectangular)
||Opt for modified brilliants with "crushed ice effect" if looking for more scintillation.
As its name suggests, a cushion cut is a square or rectangular
shape with rounded corners that resemble a pillow. The cushion cut is
usually comprised of 58 facets with a typical ratio of 1.00 to 1.05 for
square shapes and 1.10 or greater for more rectangular ones. Although
not as brilliant as round brilliants, cushion cuts have large facets
allowing for a greater separation of white light into spectral colours.
The cushion cut may be described as a cross between the old
mine cut and modern oval shape. As techniques and cutting styles have
evolved over the years, several variations of the cushion cut have been
developed, such as the Cushion Modified Brilliant* which may have an
extra row of facets on the pavilion that alter the look of the diamond.
These modified brilliants often have what is called the
"sparkling water" or "crushed ice" effect, giving them greater
scintillation. Other subtle alterations have also been introduced, such
as adding symmetrical kite- or half-moon-shaped facets to the pavilion
and below the girdle.
3. Expert Advice
"Because of its extra facets, the Cushion cut can disperse
more light through the stone which serves to hide inclusions more
efficiently, making it one of the most brilliant of all square- and
The Radiant cut diamond is also reknowned for hiding inclusions well.”
4. History & Background
The cushion, pillow or candlelight cut was developed in the
19th century and has undergone several transformations and developments
since. The cushion cut has especially benefited from the invention of
cleaving as this process has helped to maximise the shape’s light
dispersion making it more dynamic and brilliant.
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