The cushion shaped diamond may not be as brilliant as a princess cut diamond. Cushion cut engagement rings has about 60 facets, 20 less than what modern rings have, and the lesser the facet the lesser is the sparkle. Another reason is because this cut is designed to sparkle in candlelight, hence it is also called “candle light cut”; remember that this design dates back to 1870s when candle light setting is probably more prominent than nowadays.
Modern diamond cutting technology, however, made it possible for this cut to be modified to the kind of lighting we have today. So for a vintage or antique engagement ring, this cut is a good pick considering that it can be captivatingly brilliant these days. Cushion cut is also rare, making it perfect for those wanting a unique, exotic look.
Before you buy a cushion cut diamond ring, do a research over the internet and even in local stores, you will find a large selection of cushion cut engagement rings to choose from. Have basic knowledge on assessing the quality of diamonds. Diamonds are classified according to the 4Cs: carat, color, clarity, and cut. Clarity refers to the absence of diamond’s blemishes or inclusions.
Diamonds when mined have these inclusions and blemishes just like people have birthmarks. It is rare to have diamonds with a few of these “birthmarks” or entirely not having these and rarity is what make the stone more valuable.
Diamond’s color is white or colorless with some tint of yellow or brown. Except for fancy diamonds, the more the diamond becomes close to being colorless or the less signs of shades of other color the higher is the value of the diamond. Cut, which refers to the finish, symmetry, and polish of the diamond, plays a role in a diamond’s brilliance. The price per carat increases as the carat size increases.
Because the cushion cut diamond got large facets it emphasizes the clarity of the stone, so if you want to go for perfect looking cushion cut engagement ring, make sure to look at the plot of your diamond clarity and make sure the inclusion is less visible.