Cushioning Effect

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate GemologistWhile round brilliant cut diamonds are far and away the most popular choices for engagement rings, cushion-cut diamonds are giving princess cuts a run for their money for second place. As something of a hybrid of an Old Mine Cut (a deep cut with large facets that was common in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) and a modern oval cut, the cushion-cut diamond’s soft, round edges have a decidedly romantic feel about them. Varying in shape from square to long rectangles, cushion-cut diamonds also lend themselves to a great deal of personalizing. Placing a cushion-cut diamond in a halo setting (a central gemstone surrounded by smaller stones) makes the center stone seem larger and creates extra sparkle.The standards for cushion cut vary more than most other shapes, and personal taste will enter into the final setting and design. The cushion cut diamond is generally less brilliant than round brilliant diamonds, but they often have better fire, which makes them so appealing. Shop from our large selection of quality gold and brilliant diamond jewelry at 1402 Hancock Street, Quincy Center. Or reach us at 617-773-3636.


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