Shapes of Diamonds - Cushion
Cushion Cut diamond is an antique style that is a blend of several different
shapes including round, oval and princess. It can be found in either square
or rectangular shapes and is often referred to as a pillow-cut for it resembles
an overstuffed pillow or cushion.
Cushion cut diamonds initially gained popularity
during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At the time, they were commonly
referred to as Candlelight Cuts due to the fact they were cut in such a way
as to maximize brilliance under candlelit conditions, as the light bulb did
not yet exist.
Cushion Cut has fewer facets than most other shapes and the facets are larger,
so with this shape clarity is of importance
as inclusions will be more easily visible to the naked eye.
Length to width ratio: A cushion cut with a length
to width ratio of less than or equal to 1.05:1 will appear square to the observer.
While a squarer diamond is the preference of many, some people prefer a slightly
rectangular-shaped cushion diamond with length to width ratios of 1.15:1 to