By Gem Dynasty
March 8, 2019
WHAT IS A CUSHION CUT DIAMOND?
Cushion cut diamond also known as “pillow-cut” diamond can be in square or rectangular shape with round edges showing a pillow-like figure. This sophisticated cut has been enjoyed and supported in the diamond market for many years creating its timeless popularity for engagement rings. With 58 – 64 facets, the cushion cut stone is considered to be the second most brilliant cut today (with round diamond as the top shape in terms of sparkle). Cushion diamonds exude deep fire when brought under the light.
WHAT ARE THE TIPS IN BUYING A CUSHION CUT DIAMOND?
In order to know if you are purchasing the best cushion cut diamond with the best deal, the 4 C’s is very important factors to consider.
Color: The best diamond color is the absence of yellow or brown tones giving the diamond a whitish or colorless appearance. This color is gauged through the alphabet A-Z where D-H is the whitish bracket and I-Z is the light yellow/yellow bracket. Compared to round diamond, cushion cut along with other fancy shapes such as radiant displays more color. Thus, either getting a whitish quality or colored stone is preferred for fancy cut diamond shapes.
Clarity: This grade is the absence of flaws in the stone for perfection. Minimum clarity must be SI1 (slightly included) or better when buying a cushion cut diamond because its table is more open and larger making any imperfections more visible to the naked eye.
Carat Weight: This refers to the weight of a diamond which also contributes to the size of the stone. The larger the carat weight the more expensive the diamond.
Cut: Many get confused with the diamond cut which refers to the diamond shape versus diamond cut grade. Cut grade of a diamond is the quality of cut and the stone proportions. A well-cut diamond is known for its ability to transmit light with intense brilliance. It is how well the diamond’s facets interact with the light.